Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine, a chemical directly linked to movement, motivation, and addiction. Parkinson’s is a chronic and slowly progressive disease, and its progression differs for everyone.
There is no standard diagnostic test for Parkinson’s. Rather, the diagnosis relies on clinical information provided by the patient and the findings of a neurological exam administered by an internal medicine physician or neurologist. If testing for Parkinson’s, try to be as specific as possible about any symptoms you may be experiencing.
While the cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown, there is no cure, and the symptoms of the disease typically worsen over time. The Charles Kaempffer Parkinson’s Program at CentraState helps patients better manage the challenges associated with symptoms through medications and physical therapy.