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Parkinsonism

The main five symptoms helpfully spell the word TRAPS; they are:

  • Tremor
  • Rigidity
  • Akinesia/bradykinesia
  • Posture
  • Shuffling Gait

These really ought to be present but others include: reduced arm swing; small, shuffling steps; festinant gait (the patient leans forward but does not move feet quickly enough - can lead to falls); kinesia paradoxica (fast movements are easier than slower ones - usually in early Parkinson's).