Parkinson's Disease and the PKG system
What is Parkinson's Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder of the mid-brain (substantia nigra), the part of the brain that is involved in goal directed movement. People with Parkinson’s have reduced production of dopamine, a chemical ‘messenger’ in the brain that sends messages to the body initiating and facilitating movement.
Where can I find more information about Parkinson's Disease?
For more information and resources on Parkinson’s disease, please contact your local Parkinson’s organisation:
European Parkinson’s Disease Association: http://www.epda.eu.com/
Parkinson’s UK: https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/
National Parkinson Foundation (USA): http://www.parkinson.org/
Parkinson’s Australia: http://www.parkinsons.org.au/
Michael J Fox Foundation https://www.michaeljfox.org/
Parkinson’s Victoria https://www.parkinsonsvic.org.au/
What is Objective Measurement?
Your clinician uses many tools to help you manage your Parkinson’s symptoms. Objective measurement, using the PKG, quantifies your movement symptoms over the course of a week while you live your life. This information is especially useful as it relates to your current medications which is why we confirm with you and provide medication reminders on your PKG Watch.
How common is PKG for Parkinson’s?
While PKG may be new to you, over 50,000 PKGs have been performed to date, in the United States, Europe and Australia.
What do I do if I have questions?
Your clinic is the best place to call if you have any questions related to your medical care. If you have questions related to your PKG Watch, please visit our website, email or call. We’re here for you!