MAYWOOD, IL – Matthew Wodziak, MD, a neurologist who specializes in Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, has joined Loyola Medicine.
Movement disorders are characterized by abnormal or uncontrolled movements. In addition to Parkinson's disease, they include essential tremor, dystonia, Huntington's disease, Tourette syndrome, spasticity, tardive syndromes and ataxia.
Dr. Wodziak said movement disorders can be treated with medications, exercise and physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Working with Loyola neurosurgeon Douglas Anderson, MD, Dr. Wodziak will offer deep brain stimulation (DBS) to select Parkinson's, essential tremor and dystonia patients whose symptoms are not adequately controlled by medications. In the DBS procedure, Dr. Anderson inserts an electrode (thin insulated wire) into the brain. The electrode delivers mild electrical signals that effectively reorganize the brain's electrical impulses.
"Deep brain stimulation can result in dramatically improved symptoms and lower medication doses," Dr. Wodziak said. "But it is an underutilized tool."
Dr. Wodziak said he tries to get to know each of his patients and understand the challenges they face every day. "I want patients to walk out feeling they have been educated about their condition and have an ally in directing their care and helping them along on their journey."
Dr. Wodziak earned his medical degree from Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He completed a residency in neurology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and a two-year fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Wodziak is an assistant professor in the department of neurology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.