||When a physician does a diagnosis for you he/she will test for movements, reflexes and reactions and will be looking for two or more of the major signs of Parkinson's disease, namely; Bradykinesia, rigidity and tremors.
Tremors are determined by simple inspection, rigidity is indicated when the physician feels resistance to movement of the various limbs and the neck while you are relaxed.
Bradykinesia is determined by the speed with which you can tap the foot up and down and/or tap the thumb and finger together.
You may also be checked for postural instability with the physician pulling backwards quickly without letting you fall, in order to determine how well you can react to maintaining balance.
Further to these tests the physician will want to make sure that there is no secondary cause of the disease such as small strokes affecting the region of the brain that controls movement or any antipsychotic medications that you may be taking.
Your medical history will also be checked for conflicting medications that can affect brain function.
If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson's check out the Diagnosis link, this will lead you to some very helpful information.
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