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Parkinson's Disease

Falling backwards

04/27/2007

Question:

My father is 73 years old and has been diagnosed with Parkinson`s Disease. During a nap he rolled off the bed and broke his noise. Since then he has been falling backwards. Could the broken nose have something to do with it because he didn`t do it until the day he broke his nose?

Answer:

One of the cardinal features of Parkinson's disease (PD) is postural stability, which most commonly leads to falling backwards.  Often, acute injuries, medications used to treat pain, and even a surgical procedure can worsen symptoms of PD.

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Response by:

Punit  Agrawal, DO Punit Agrawal, DO
Assistant Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University