Home > Health & Wellness > Health Library > Neurological Exam for Parkinson's Disease
A detailed neurological exam should be part of a standard physical exam
Parkinson's disease. It can also separate Parkinson's
disease from other conditions. Your family doctor or general practitioner can do this. Or you may
be referred to a neurologist. This is a doctor who specializes in disorders of the nervous
system (brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and muscles).
During this exam, your doctor will observe your movement, coordination,
and balance. You may be asked to complete a few physical tasks, such as walking
up and down a hall or getting up from a chair. The doctor also will watch for
any rapid, repetitive movements, such as finger-tapping or tremor. Simple tests
may be used to check your muscle strength and control. The doctor may also test your reflexes, sensation
(such as the ability to feel a pinprick or a light touch), and vision.
The neurological exam also will include a brief assessment of your mental
ability and emotional condition. The doctor may ask you to repeat a series of
numbers. Or you may be asked to answer simple questions about dates, places, and current events.
The doctor usually can judge your emotional condition during the exam by paying
attention to your actions and statements. The doctor may ask direct questions about
your mood and emotions.
The doctor will also listen to your heart
and lungs. He or she may perform other routine tests.
Current as of:
March 12, 2014
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & G. Frederick Wooten, MD - Neurology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Call First Nurse 24 Hours a Day for free health care advice, resources and referrals!
Ames: 515-239-6877In Iowa: 800-524-6877
Search health information online in our Mulimedia Health Library.
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
Patient Privacy |
Net Learning for Employees |
MGMC PACS for Physicians
1111 Duff Avenue Ames, IA 50010 - 515-239-2011 - email@example.com
©2014 Mary Greeley Medical Center - All rights reserved.