If parts of your body move involuntarily or excessively, or if some motions are slowed or absent, you could have a movement disorder. The specialists on the medical staff at CDH involved in the Movement Disorders Center in the Neurosciences Institute at CDH offer comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and management for patients with all types of neurologic movement disorders including Parkinson's disease, dystonia, chorea, tremor, tics, hemifacial spasm and certain types of spasticity.
Because movement disorders are often progressive and chronic, early and accurate diagnosis and management of these conditions are critical to maximizing a patient's success. Each patient is different and symptoms vary in intensity and progression from person to person. While there is no cure for Parkinson's disease and related movement disorders, treatment and changes in daily life can provide dramatic relief from symptoms. Some of the treatment options in our wide-ranging approach include:
Patient and family education
Lifestyle changes including regular exercise, diet modifications and stress reduction
Medications (including clinical trial options for new drugs)
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for patients with severe or disabling symptoms. In qualified patients, DBS can minimize symptoms and improve a patient's quality of life.
The specialists also evaluate and address sleep disorders, mood disorders, pain syndromes and other conditions sometimes observed in patients with Parkinson's disease.
Finding Answers Through Research
The specialists involved in the Movement Disorders Center at CDH participate in several studies and clinical trials by national research organizations. Current research is focused on understanding genetic and environmental risk factors, on developing tests for accurate diagnosis and on slowing the progression of movement disorders.
Learn more about stroke research and clinical trials being offered at CDH.
Supporting Patients with Parkinson's Disease (PD)
The Midwest Chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association (APDA) Information/Referral Center and Young Onset Center is located on the CDH campus. A nationwide network of more than 50 chapters, APDA supports Parkinson's disease research, raises public awareness, hosts educational programs, offers information and assists support groups. The Young Onset Center is a national organization that addresses the unique concerns of young people coping with PD and focuses on education, networking and wellness.
The Movement Disorders Team
A multidisciplinary team is essential to the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with movement disorders. All of the physicians and surgeons on the medical staff of CDH who treatmovement disorders are board certified or board eligible. The team includes:
- Movement Disorder specialists
- Advanced practice nurses
- Social workers
- Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists
How to Contact Us
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 630-933-4056.
To contact the APDA Midwest Chapter, Information and Referral (I&R) Center and National Young Onset Center:
APDA Midwest Chapter
Central DuPage Hospital Care Center
1800 N. Main St., Suite 215
Wheaton, IL 60187
I & R Center
630-933-4383 or 1-800-223-9776
Young Onset Center
630-933-4382 or 1-800-223-3801