Movement Disorders

Exceptional Care to Diagnose and Treat Movement Disorders

Loyola Medicine provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to treat functional movement disorders. These disorders involve numerous conditions that affect the muscular system and include abnormal movement or positioning of the body due to nervous system problems. These disorders, however, are not due to underlying neurological conditions. 

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms that may be related to a movement disorder, you want an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible. Loyola’s dedicated team will determine what is causing your symptoms and deliver the highest quality of care—from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.

At Loyola, we treat both common and uncommon movement disorders, including:

  • Periodic limb movement disorder, or PLMD, especially during sleep
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or RSD
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Spasmodic torticollis
  • Stiff person syndrome
  • Tardive dyskinesia
  • Tics
  • Torticollis
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Tremors
  • Unusual movement disorders​

Why Choose Loyola for the Treatment of Movement Disorders?

Loyola’s compassionate team understands that movement disorders can be life-changing not only for the patient, but also for family members. Loyola takes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care and provides support services for patients and families. 

As an academic medical center, Loyola provides compassionate, exceptional care to patients and trains future leaders in neurology and neurosurgery. Loyola’s neurologists are board certified in clinical neurophysiology and are experts in performing nerve conduction studies, EEGs and EMGs to correctly diagnose disorders. Our neuro intensive care unit is equipped with continuous EEG and video monitoring for adults and children and is staffed by certified technologists and trained neurology nurses, who have earned Magnet status.

How are Movement Disorders Diagnosed?

Loyola Medicine’s doctors are highly skilled in diagnosing functional movement disorders. Symptoms vary depending on your condition, and may include:

  • Jerks or twitches
  • Spasms or contractures
  • Tics
  • Tremors
  • Walking problems or foot drop

Your neurologist will take a detailed personal and medical history and conduct physical and neurological exams. The imaging or blood tests that are ordered will depend on your particular symptoms. A sleep study may be requested as part of any evaluation for periodic limb movement disorders.

What Treatment Options are Available for Movement Disorders?

Loyola neurologists treat all movement disorders, including Parkinson’s, dystonia and Huntington’s disease. Our compassionate specialists will conduct a comprehensive evaluation and draw up a medical plan of action tailored just for you. 

Treatment options for dystonia patients may include Botox injections for the discomfort of dystonic posturing. To calm the tremors and rigidity of Parkinson’s disease, Loyola’s team is highly experienced in the deep brain stimulation (DBS) procedure.  If your Loyola neurologist prescribes a sleep study as part of your treatment, Loyola’s Center for Sleep Disorders provides a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating adult and children.

We offer a full range of support services from occupational therapy and speech therapy to social workers who will help with the emotional challenges of these conditions. Loyola’s team will work closely with you to manage symptoms through the latest medications and treatments to improve your quality of life.

Ongoing Research and Clinical Trials for the Treatment of Movement Disorders

As an academic medical center, Loyola Medicine is dedicated to improving future treatments by conducting research on new medications and protocols. Loyola’s patients benefit from our research discoveries; read about Loyola’s current clinical trials.