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Neurological Education: Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson’s disease is a neurological movement disorder that is characterized by tremors of the body and extremities. In recent years, celebrities like Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali have actively made the public aware of the disease. Parkinson’s is a progressive nervous system disorder that starts slowly with barely even a noticeable tic or movement. As time goes on and depending upon the individual, the tremors can become severe to the point of being incapacitating. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. Fortunately, with early detection and diagnosis, a person can control the symptoms with a proper treatment regimen.

Parkinson’s symptoms start slowly, and diagnosis of this disease in the early stages is difficult. However, our skilled professional neurological staff can take a look at your neurological history and perform a complete assessment. There is currently no set diagnostic testing, so it’s important to take a look at any and all available clinical information from your personal doctor in combination with the neurological exam. The primary diagnosis relies heavily upon the existence of at least one of the primary motor symptoms. Elements of a Parkinson’s exam include:

  • The doctor looks to see if the patient’s expression is animated.
  • Patient’s arms are observed for tremor (present either while arms are at rest or extended).
  • The doctor checks for stiffness in patient’s limbs or neck.
  • The doctor observes if patient can rise from chair easily.
  • Patient’s gait is observed. Does patient walk normally or with short steps? Do patient’s arms swing symmetrically?
  • The doctor will pull patient backwards. How quickly is patient able to regain balance?

During the exam, the doctor will look for signs of resting tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity and postural instability.

Parkinson's Symptoms

Parkinson’s Symptoms

Parkinson’s symptoms start slowly, and diagnosis of this disease in the early stages is difficult. However, our skilled professional neurological staff can take a look at your neurological history and perform a complete assessment.

The staff is always friendly and courteous. The wait time is minimal. Dr. Jochim’s assistant who greets you and puts you in the room is always very friendly and easy to talk to. Dr. Jochims is very kind and knowledgeable in the field of Parkinson’s. He answers our questions and addresses our concerns. We are very grateful to have him for Bill’s neurologist.”
~ William S. – 7/21/18
    

Dr Jochism

Dr. Sean Jochims, Neurologist

Dr. Sean Jochims graduated medical school with the prestigious Rick Wartgow Award for dedication to medicine. He also received Excellence in Teaching Awards as chief resident in neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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  • Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Internship/Internal Medicine: Northwestern University
  • Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship: Rush Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago
  • Participant at Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine
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