Northwestern's Comprehensive Care Model - Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Rehabilitation Clinic

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)

The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) offers an integrated and comprehensive approach to the management of movement disorders, both for newly diagnosed patients and those who have lived many years with movement disorders. The RIC program was initiated by Northwestern Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence, as a model of continuity of comprehensive care for the treatment of movement disorders. By providing one-stop access to the expertise of medical and rehabilitation professionals, the RIC movement disorders clinic addresses the patient's full range of therapy and adaptive needs. RIC collaborates with medical specialists in neurology and neurosurgery to serve medically complex patients.

The goal is to effectively treat primary rehabilitative needs as well as the Parkinson's-related symptoms of balance and rigidity. Individualized treatment plans provide swallowing assessments and therapy, speech and language therapy, nutritional counseling, and physical and occupational therapies to support walking, balance, and performance of daily activities. The RIC Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Rehabilitation Clinic utilizes a team approach. Each patient is assessed by RIC physiatrist-physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and speech and language pathologists, all of whom specialize in movement disorders rehabilitation. A care manager coordinates follow-up to insure that patients receive the selected services that the team recommends.

Through the RIC PD and MD clinic team, patients obtain access to inpatient, outpatient, or day therapy services and education, including:

  • Activities of daily living
  • Assistive Technology
  • Augmentative Communication
  • Balance, Coordination, Flexibility, and Gait Training
  • Dance
  • Exercise
  • Fall Prevention
  • Home Safety
  • Music Therapy
  • National Parkinson Foundation publications
  • Northwestern Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center resources, care and services
  • Research participation at RIC and Northwestern University
  • RIC LIFE Center
  • Support groups through Northwestern Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center
  • Symposia

To make an appointment or for more information, please call RIC at 312-238-7275.

Comprehensive Care Model