Specialty Care Areas

Parkinson's Disease

PD is a slowly-progressing neurodegenerative disease in which motor symptoms (tremor, stiffness, slowness and balance) result from the loss of dopamine-producing neurons in a region of the brain known as the substantia nigra.

Dystonia

Dystonia is a neurologic condition in which there are sustained muscle contractions that can cause involuntary twisting and repetitive movements resulting in abnormal postures that sometimes can be painful.

Essential Tremor

ET is considered one of the most common movement disorders, appearing as a tremor of both hands – most prominently when performing activities such as writing, eating or drinking.

Tic Disorders

Tic Disorders are brief, rapid movements and sounds that are usually repetitive and involuntary that can affect any part of the body.

Huntington's Disease

HD is a hereditary neurodegenerative disorder that results in involuntary abnormal movements, gait and balance problems, behavioral and psychiatric difficulties along with progressive cognitive decline.

Treatments

Why Choose Northwestern Medicine

Advanced procedures and technology

Northwestern Medicine physicans consulting about a movement disorders surgical procedure.
  • DaTscan – The Movement Disorders and Neurodegenerative Diseases Center was one of the first centers in the country to offer DaTscan, a unique diagnostic tool for patients with difficult-to-diagnose movement disorders.
  • Deep Brain Stimulation – If DBS is determined to be appropriate for a patient, a dedicated team of experienced neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurophysiologists, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists and specialized nurses combine efforts in order to achieve an optimal outcome for each patient.

Clinical trials

Clinical research at the Movement Disorders and Neurodegenerative Diseases Center bridges the findings of basic science, enlightens understanding of diseases and makes vital contributions to the development of new and better therapies. Through the combined efforts of our patient volunteers, clinical investigators, various disciplines and departments, we aim to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders and diseases.


Patient and caregiver support

  • Support Groups – Support and knowing you are not alone with your illness can make a big difference in recovery. Educational seminars on the latest evidence-based treatments from both medical and rehabilitation perspectives are presented for patients and caregivers. Meetings also include time to openly discuss concerns, accomplishments and resources, and hear from other healthcare specialists who participate as guest speakers.
  • Dr. Michael Rezak's Blog – Michael Rezak, MD, PhD, is medical director at the Neurosciences Institute of Central DuPage Hospital and writes a blog on the Parkinson’s Disease Research Society’s website. He details the latest treatments, therapies, events and information available to patients with movement disorders.