by EBSCO Medical Review Board

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. The diagnosis is suspected in people with:

  • Tremors
  • Slowness of movement
  • Stiffness
  • Balance problems

This is often enough to make the diagnosis. There are no tests to diagnose Parkinson disease.

Images may be taken to rule out other causes. This may be done with:


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Parkinson's disease. American Association of Neurological Surgeons website. Available at: Accessed April 4, 2022.

Parkinson's disease information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: Accessed April 4, 2022.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD
  • Review Date: 03/2022
  • Update Date: 04/05/2022