Early Parkinson’s Disease

Early Parkinson’s Disease

Posted on June 1, 2014 by ElderCare Resources Phoenix in Blog, Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease is a clinical diagnosis meaning that there is no absolute test that defines it.   It is not like diabetes where you have a blood test or a stroke where you can take a picture of the brain.

Doctors must listen to the signs and symptoms described by the patient and along with a physical exam can help in determining if the patient is experiencing symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.

Medical students are taught TRAP:

  • T – Tremor – tremors in one side, one hand or one leg
  • R – Rigidity – increased tone
  • A – Akinesia – lack of movement
  • P – Postural instability – falls, balance issues, etc.

Early Parkinson’s Disease Video