How to Detect the Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a chronic condition caused by a lack of dopamine in the brain. Diagnosis can sometimes take years; knowing symptoms can speed up the process.

You will need

  • An observant eye
  • A doctor

Step 1 Notice tremors Take note of tremors, the most common and often earliest symptom of Parkinson’s disease. Tremors are a steady and rhythmic shaking of the hands or feet.

Step 2 Test rigidity Test rigidity. Muscle stiffness is another common symptom. Stretch and move limbs to see if they feel heavy or weak.

Step 3 Look for bradykinesia Look for a noticeable slowness in movement, known as bradykinesia. Movement may also be incomplete or hard to start.

Step 4 Test balance Test the difficulty of keeping balanced with a gentle push. Parkinson’s disease can cause postural instability, which leads to loss of balance.

Step 5 Look for loss in automatic movements Look for a loss in automatic movements, such as blinking or swallowing. Parkinson’s disease reduces many functions that are normally unconscious.

Step 6 See a doctor If you notice any of these symptoms, consult a doctor for a thorough examination.