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Proprioceptive defcits in Parkinson’s disease: from clinical data to animal experimentation

Author(s): Letícia Ribeiro | Tadeu Mello e Souza | Lisiane Bizarro | Alcyr Oliveira

Journal: Psychology & Neuroscience
ISSN 1984-3054

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2 (Special Issue);
Start page: 235;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: proprioception | Parkinson’s disease | animal models of parkinsonism.

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by the manifestation of akinesia, slowness to initiate movement, muscle rigidity, and tremors. However, recent evidence indicates that this pathology also causes alterations in proprioception. Disturbances in proprioceptive mechanisms directly affect postural control and the ability to calculate the velocity and amplitude of movement, suggesting that these alterations are related to the motor symptoms of PD. This article reviews the clinical data on these symptoms and presents evidence of a connection between proprioceptive defcits and the physiology of PD. The identifcation of proprioceptive impairments in different forms of Parkinsonism can provide valuable clues on the physiopathology of proprioception in idiopathic PD.

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