Movement disorder care in Chicagoland | Ascension
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Movement disorder care in Chicagoland

Neurologists at Ascension Illinois in greater Chicagoland deliver advanced care for movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease.

Symptoms of a movement disorder include impaired coordination, tight or stiff muscles, involuntary movements and difficulty speaking or swallowing. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms, talk with a neurologist at Ascension Illinois. Our neurologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders such as:

  • Ataxia (impaired coordination)
  • Cervical dystonia (involuntary twisting of the head)
  • Chorea (involuntary, irregular muscle movements)
  • Dystonia
  • Eye twitching
  • Functional movement disorder (involuntary movements or body positions)
  • Huntington's disease (breakdown of nerve cells in the brain)
  • Myoclonus (involuntary muscle jerk)
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Sleep-related movement disorders (RSBD), such as REM Sleep Behavior Disorder and Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • Sialorrhea (drooling)
  • Tourette syndrome (tics)
  • Tremors

When you choose Ascension Illinois, you get doctors who listen to understand you and your health concerns. Your doctor has the expertise to diagnose and treat even the most complex movement disorders. And we can connect you with specialists in imaging, pharmacy, therapy, rehabilitation, mental health and more.


Diagnosing and treating movement disorders

Your doctor may recommend tests to evaluate progressive diseases like Parkinson’s. These tests may include a physical exam, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) scan. Your doctor and care team take the time to fully explain your diagnosis to you and your family. We’ll also discuss your treatment options and how to manage your daily living needs. Therapy, medications or surgery may be recommended as part of your care plan.

  • BOTOX®

    BOTOX may be used to treat dystonia, spasticity, cerebral palsy and other movement disorders, if they are focused within a certain area of the body.

  • Clinical research trials

    Neurologists at Ascension Illinois are part of groundbreaking clinical research. These clinical trials give you the opportunity to try new treatments sooner. Talk to your doctor to see if a clinical trial is right for you.

  • Deep brain stimulation

    If you have a movement disorder and feel your medication is no longer working, talk to one of our specialists to see if deep brain stimulation (DBS) is right for you. DBS may help improve your brain, muscle and nerve function. DBS is a surgical procedure during which your doctor implants electrodes into specific areas of your brain. These electrodes create impulses that can help regulate abnormal brain activity that is causing symptoms.

  • DUOPA™

    DUOPA is a procedure that is used to treat advanced Parkinson's disease. A small programmable pump delivers precise amounts of medication into the small intestine. This helps improve absorption of the medication.

  • Health psychology

    If you need help coping with your diagnosis and condition, health psychologists at Ascension Illinois are specially trained to help you manage stress and anxiety, navigate important decisions and make behavior changes to support treatment and recovery.

  • Occupational and physical therapy

    Depending on your symptoms, physical therapy or rehabilitation may be recommended as part of your care plan. These therapies can help improve your mobility, reduce your risk of falls, improve posture, reduce pain and more.

  • Speech therapy

    Our goal is to improve the quality of life for those with movement disorders. Helping you or your loved one regain their ability to speak can promote independence. Ascension Illinois uses Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) LOUD™, a program designed to increase the loudness of a patient's voice and improve their ability to communicate.

  • Surgery

    Surgery is not always the first treatment option for movement disorders. But if surgery is needed, you will be connected with neurosurgeons at Ascension Illinois. Your doctor and neurosurgeon work together to create a personalized care plan. Our goal is to help relieve your symptoms and slow the progression of your movement disorder.

  • Support group

    The Parkinson's support group meets every second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm at our Hoffman Estates location. To learn more, please call 847-981-3630.

As your needs change, so does our care. Our compassionate approach delivers family-centered care with long-term follow-up care for your emotional and physical well-being.

Get a second opinion from a neurologist or neurosurgeon

Get the confidence and peace of mind that your doctor and care plan are right for you. It's easy to get a second opinion at Ascension Illinois. We can review your medical records and healthcare history to answer your questions and discuss options. Talk with one of our doctors about a personalized care plan.

When you are facing a new diagnosis or experiencing new symptoms, there’s a lot to think about. We can discuss both therapeutic or surgical treatment plans. Our team of highly experienced movement disorder specialists can provide you with a second opinion based on experience and as part of a national care team.

Before your appointment, check with your insurance company to find out if a second opinion is covered. We can request your medical records from your doctor on your behalf, so that they can be shared with your care team before your arrival.


Refer a patient to a specialist

Your patients can expect compassionate, personalized care from the moment our specialists connect with them. Our specialists start by listening to fully understand their needs and to develop an individualized care plan. To make a doctor referral, please call 847-981-3630.

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