Parkinson’s disease is a neurological movement disorder that is characterized by tremors of the body and extremities. In recent years, celebrities 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 slowly 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 incapacitating. 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.
Parkinson’s symptoms start slowly 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's 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 include:
During the exam, the doctor will look for signs of resting tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity and postural instability.
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