At your first appointment at CentraState’s Movement Disorder Program, you’ll meet with a physical therapist at the OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center to review your medical history and undergo a screening that checks your balance, strength, and cognitive function. Next, you’ll meet with Jia Zhen Cheng, MD, who will conduct a thorough medical history and physical examination. She also may order diagnostic tests, which can include:
- Blood tests, which may include genetic testing
- MRIs or CT scans
- A DaTscan™, an innovative imaging technique available at CentraState that can help distinguish Parkinson’s disease from conditions like essential tremors and drug-induced Parkinsonism
Once testing is complete, Dr. Cheng will review the results with you, provide insight on next steps, and work with the OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center team and other medical specialties as needed to develop a customized treatment plan.