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What do fine motor skills, urinary frequency/urgency and cord lock have to do with each other?

Updated: Aug 12, 2022

Fine motor skills are the ability to make movements using the small muscles in our hands and wrists. People use fine motor skills to do many school- and work-related tasks, including fastening a belt, manipulating the buttons on the waistband of pants, and manipulating the zipper on the front of pants.

Urinary frequency together with urinary urgency are common symptoms for People with Parkinson’s disease.

Of course, if you experience these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor about it. There are medications and physical therapy methods that may help.

I think you already know where this is going. If you have these PD symptoms, you may find it hard to be ready in the bathroom quickly enough.

One solution is to purchase pants or shorts with a drawstring instead of a belt, button and zipper. .I like these shorts from LL Bean. Men's Lakewashed Stretch Khaki Shorts.

I tried similar long pants from LL Bean, but didn't like them very much. I’m still looking.

Even with the drawstring, the knot in the front of the pants can be difficult to untie. That is where the cord lock comes in.

Press the spring-loaded button and put the cord ends through, you only need to do this once for each drawstring pants. Put the pants on, press the button and pull tight. To get them off, push the button and the cord is loose.


1 Comment

Kathleen Lord
Kathleen Lord
Aug 12, 2022

Thanks, Jud! That was helpful information for us!

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