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Slowness and Stiffness

Slowness of movement (bradykinesia) is a separate symptom to stiffness and rigidity; but these symptoms can impact each other.

A recent survey highlighted some common features of slowness of movement and stiffness and rigidity:

Slowness of movement

    • Poor mobility
    • Legs not moving
    • Reduced reaction time
    • Standing still
Stiffness and rigidity

  • Muscle tension/tightness
  • Reduced flexibility
  • Mask-like face (often noticed as a reduction in smiling)
  • Dystonia (painful muscle spasms sometimes described as cramping, curling or seizing up)

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