An accurate diagnosis and early treatment can ensure a better quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Our movement disorder specialists are Parkinson’s disease experts. These specialized neurologists have advanced training and experience to give you the most accurate and comprehensive diagnosis. We employ a team approach to build your individualized care plan. This team may include your primary care provider, social workers, physical therapists and others to maximize your treatment outcomes.
At Banner Health, our neurologists have years of experience in testing and diagnosing Parkinson's disease. Our team of compassionate experts knows that each patient is different, so we work with you to quickly find the right diagnosis to begin building your treatment plan.
Parkinson’s is not simple to diagnose. No test exists to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. Doctors test and diagnose Parkinson’s based on your medical history, symptoms and neurological and physical exams.
Many times a primary care provider is the first to suspect a Parkinson’s diagnosis. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as tremors, shaking, slow movement, stiffness and/or trouble with balance, talk to your doctor or seek the opinion of a neurologist. Banner Health neurologists are movement disorder specialists, who have experience and specific training to assess and treat Parkinson’s.
Medical history and physical exam: In general, a neurologist makes a Parkinson’s diagnosis based on asking questions about your medical history and symptoms and conducting a physical exam. Consider having a spouse or someone close to you at your appointment to help answer questions and provide perspective.
Parkinson’s disease affects each patient differently – symptoms vary not only in type, but order and intensity. However, knowing the typical progression of Parkinson’s can help you cope.
The rate at which Parkinson’s progresses varies from patient to patient. Some patients experience its changes over 20 years or more. While others find the disease advances quicker.
Parkinson’s is not a fatal disease. However, secondary complications from symptoms may increase falls, blood clots or pneumonia, which can be life-threatening. These are more common in later stages of Parkinson’s.
In general, the average life expectancy of Parkinson's patients is similar to people without the disease.