Dr. Jochims remembers well going with his father to visit his grandmother who suffered from Parkinson's disease.  She was nearly frozen in her nursing home chair with no facial expression and extensive drooling out of her mouth. Many members of his family including his mother's father and brother all suffered Parkinson's disease.  He is grateful that Parkinson's disease is not genetic and that he is not at increased risk for developing the disease.

During his neurology residency, Dr. Jochims was fortunate to work closely with the chief of neurology at the VA hospital and Froedtert hospitals in Milwaukee treating patients with Parkinson's disease. 

He truly enjoys caring for patients with Parkinsons disease because there is so much available to treat the patient's symptoms.  "I tell patients that I can make them feel 10 years younger by treating their symptoms". Advancements in Parkinsons disease have come a long way since he initially saw his paralyzed grandmother in the 1970's.  Extensive new medications are available and excellent surgical treatments are also available.   When medications are no longer helpful, he is quite knowledgeable in the indications for surgical treatments. 


Parkinson’s symptoms start slow and the diagnosis of this disease in the early stages is difficult. However, our skilled professional neurological staff can take a look at your neurological history and perform a complete assessment. There is currently no set diagnostic testing so it is important to take a look at any and all available clinical information from your personal doctor in combination with the neurological exam.

The primary diagnosis relies heavily upon the existence of at least one of the primary motor symptoms.

Elements of a Parkinson’s Exam

  • The doctor looks to see if your expression is animated.
  • Your arms are observed for tremor, which is present either when they are at rest, or extended.
  • Is there stiffness in your limbs or neck?
  • Can you rise from a chair easily?
  • Do you walk normally or with short steps, and do your arms swing symmetrically? The doctor will pull you backwards.
  • How quickly are you able to regain your balance?


Resting Tremor
Postural Instability


Parkinson’s disease is a neurological movement disorder that is characterized by tremors of the body and extremities. In recent years, actors like Michael J Fox and Muhammad Ali, have actively made the public aware of the disease. Parkinson’s is a progressive nervous system disorder that starts out slow with barely even a noticeable tic or movement. As time goes on and depending upon the individual, the tremors can become severe to the point of being incapacitated. Unfortunately there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. Fortunately, with early detection and diagnosis, a person can control the symptoms with a proper treatment regimen.