Providing Comprehensive Care for Neurological Disorders
At University Hospitals, our neurological team has the expertise to treat the full spectrum of neurological disorders, from minor issues to highly complex conditions. We determine the most appropriate care for your unique needs, working with your primary care physician and other clinical disciplines to coordinate your treatment, leverage state of the art technology, clinical research programs and innovative treatment options.
With access to neurological therapies across many of our locations, you can receive treatment, have tests done and go to follow-up appointments close to home in a convenient, community setting.
Our board-certified neurologists and neurosurgeons have in depth experience in a range of disorders, allowing them to expertly diagnose any condition and begin appropriate treatment, including:
- Autonomic disorders: Your autonomic nervous system controls many involuntary functions such as your heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature so any autonomic disorder has the potential to cause serious health issues.
- Brain injuries: Damage or injury to the brain can range from a minor concussion to the most complex traumatic brain injury, so specialized care is critical.
- Brain tumors: From benign to malignant, brain tumors invade the surrounding brain tissue and can cause headaches, seizures or other issues affecting functions such as balance, hearing, memory, speech or vision.
- Epilepsy: A brain disorder that causes a person to have sudden, recurring seizures due to interruptions in electrical activity in the brain, advanced epilepsy treatments are available to help patients become seizure free.
- Headaches: Occurring frequently or with unusual intensity, headaches may be a symptom of a more complex neurological issue.
- Memory Disorders or other cognitive issues: Beyond simple memory loss, memory disorders such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can significantly affect your quality of life.
- Movement disorders: Identified by involuntary movement such as tremors or tics, movement disorders can cause balance and mobility issues, which can be addressed through vestibular therapy.
- Multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology disorders: An autoimmune disorder where the body attacks itself by mistake, MS can be a debilitating disease of the brain and central nervous system.
- Neuromuscular disorders: Affecting the muscles and their direct nervous system control, neuromuscular diseases include a wide range of disorders such as ALS, muscular dystrophy or myasthenia gravis.
- Peripheral neuropathy: A type of damage to the nervous system that causes weakness, numbness or pain, peripheral neuropathy usually affects your feet and hands.
- Radiculopathy: A pinched nerve in the spine, radiculopathy can cause numbness, pain or weakness.
- Vascular neurology disorders: Affecting the structure and function of the blood vessels supplying the brain, vascular neurology disorders include a range of issues such as aneurysms, arteriovenous malformation, intracranial stenosis or stroke.
Treating a neurological disorder often involves multiple tests, appointments and follow-up visits. Our nurses can help you keep track of appointments, referrals and other details, so you can easily access the care you need. They are also available to answer any questions you might have about your plan of care. Our goal is to deliver a seamless experience that addresses both your physical needs and questions, to improve your quality of life.
When to See a Neurologist
A neurological condition is one that affects the brain, spinal cord or nervous system. There are a number of neurological symptoms that could point to a possible problem, including:
- Chronic neck pain
- Frequent headaches
- Movement problems
- Numbness or tingling
- Sleep issues
- Vision problems
Neurological conditions can affect many of your basic bodily functions including balance. For patients experiencing dizziness and balance issues, vestibular therapy may be recommended.
The sooner you identify a neurological condition and start treatment, the more likely you are to resolve the issue, or at least limit the complications.