A movement disorders physician reviewing a brain scan on a computer.

A movement disorders physician examining a brain scan on an iPad.

Movement disorders are a group of neurological illnesses characterized by the loss of voluntary movement. Some movement disorders result in excessive movement while others may result in decreased movement, and some may have features of both.

Although quite different in presentation, one thing all movement disorders have in common is a dysfunction of a region of the brain known as the basal ganglia. While the exact cause of these disorders is unknown, excellent treatments exist.

Northwestern Medicine offers comprehensive care for Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders including rare diseases like Huntington’s disease, Wilson disease, and ataxia, so you can have the best quality of life possible.

Northwestern Medicine is the only health system to offer three designated Centers of Excellence for movement disorders. Northwestern Medicine also provides surgical management of disease for patients whose symptoms are no longer controlled by medication, and genetic testing and counseling services for at-risk individuals.


Care Centers

Why Choose Northwestern Medicine

A movement disorders physician talking with a patient.

Advanced procedures and technology

For patients who no longer respond to drug treatment for certain neurological disorders, Northwestern Medicine offers access to the most advanced surgical procedures, including deep brain stimulation. The neurological professionals at our centers are committed to providing outstanding, comprehensive care for the neurological patient, using advanced technologies and innovative techniques. Learn more about Northwestern Medicine Neurosurgery.

Comprehensive Care

As a patient's condition becomes more complex, the number of health professionals involved increases. It can be challenging for both patient and family to manage numerous appointments in various locations. At the same time, research shows that when professionals work together, the result is increased health outcomes, quality of care and decreased cost.

Northwestern Medicine is proud to be in the forefront of comprehensive, integrated care delivery. We seek to meet our patients' needs not only in the medical management of the disease, but also in patients and families' overall quality of life. That includes a multidisciplinary approach that features:

  • Physical therapy and exercise programs
  • Occupational therapy
  • Education and support groups
  • Counseling
  • Caregiver support
  • Access to community services
  • Voice and swallowing therapies
  • Nutritional recommendations
  • Neurosurgical (deep brain stimulation) evaluations
  • Complementary practices such as yoga, massage, acupuncture
  • Genetic testing and counseling

Research and clinical trials

Through ongoing medical research, patients with neurological conditions are finding new ways to live longer and better. If you or someone you love is living with Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, Tourette’s syndrome or the side effects of stroke, Northwestern Medicine offers a range of promising neuroscience clinical trials right in the community that may help improve quality of life.

Clinical trials vary by location. Find ongoing trials at:


Movement Disorder Conditions