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The Link Between TBIs and Parkinson’s

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What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a nervous system disorder that affects the body’s movement. Symptoms may start with minor tremors and progress to more pronounced tremors. It can also cause slow movement and stiffness, and slurred speech. Unfortunately, Parkinson’s disease is not curable, and the condition will progress. While the causes of Parkinson’s disease are unknown, certain factors can increase the risk, such as genetics or exposure to toxins. Sustaining a traumatic brain injury can also be a factor. Here’s what you need to know.

How Does a Traumatic Brain Injury Cause Parkinson’s Disease?

A study published by in April 2018 revealed that a TBI could be linked to an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease (PD). This particular study’s results further support the evidence with previous studies and speculations about the association between TBIs and Parkinson’s. Researchers examined the medical records of 325,870 U.S. Veterans reported to have mild, moderate, or severe TBIs. Here are their findings:

  • 1,462 veterans were diagnosed with PD.
  • Out of the 1,462 veterans who had PD, 949 had sustained a TBI.
  • Mild TBIs increased the risk of PD by 60%

Even though the study concluded that there is a link, the good news is that the chances of getting PD, even with a mild TBI, are low. If you’ve sustained a TBI and are concerned about developing Parkinson’s disease, speak to your doctor for a full examination to assess your risk.

Sustained a TBI in an Accident? Peterson & Associates, P.C. is Here For You.

Being involved in an accident that caused a traumatic brain injury is a devastating event, and in many cases, the injury can have permanent effects. When there are long-term consequences and deal with medical care and other therapies, it can pose a financial burden for you and your family. When your injury is due to another’s negligence, our team of experienced lawyers wants to help you hold them accountable for their actions. We’ll protect your right to receive the maximum compensation that you deserve.

Call our firm at 816-888-8888 and discuss your potential case with us today.