Changing positions in Parkinson’s disease can be difficult and can be affected by various motor symptoms such as bradykinesia (slowness of movement), muscle stiffness and tremors. Daily movements such as getting out of the bed or getting up from a chair can be challenging.
For the human body to function properly, a complex interplay between the different parts of its nervous system is needed: the brain and the spinal cord (which together form the central nervous system) as well as the peripheral nervous system (i.e. all the nerves that innervate our organs throughout the body).
Parkinson’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative motor disorder, with motor symptoms such as tremors, muscle stiffness, inertia or freezing.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) has shown to be particularly effective in treating symptoms associated with movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s Disease. However, surgeons would need even better tools to identify the most effective spots to target in the brain and a more automated way of testing the implanted electrodes.