Neurological conditions

Overview of neurological conditions

Neurology is a branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders involving the brain and nervous system. Neurological conditions are disorders that affect any part of your nervous system. This may include the brain, spinal cord, and nerves extending throughout your body. Hundreds of disorders can affect the nervous system. Common neurological conditions include:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Dementia
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Stroke

If you are experiencing neurological symptoms or have questions, we can help. Our expert team consists of skilled neurologists who work closely with neurosurgeons to provide highly specialized services to adults and children.

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Symptoms of neurological conditions

Neurological conditions can cause a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms may come from damage to a single nerve, such as one of the large sciatic nerves in the buttocks. Symptoms may also result from damage to many nerves, as in multiple sclerosis or damage to brain tissue, such as stroke or cerebral palsy.

Signs and symptoms of neurological disease may include pain and burning sensations, problems with motor skills (movement), thinking and learning deficits, memory problems, and even swallowing or breathing difficulties. Some neurological disorders affect your senses, including taste, sight, and smell.

Our neurologists treat all types of conditions related to the nervous system, including:

  • Blood vessel disorders, including carotid artery stenosis and stroke
  • Brain tumors, including nonmalignant (noncancerous) brain tumors
  • Brain injury, such as injury due to concussion or blunt-force trauma
  • Dementia and related conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease
  • Epilepsy and other seizure disorders and syndromes
  • Headache and migraine
  • Movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease
  • Neurodevelopmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy
  • Neuromuscular diseases, including multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy
  • Peripheral nerve injury or disorder, including carpal tunnel syndrome and trigeminal neuralgia
  • Postherpetic neuralgia, or persistent pain following an episode of shingles
  • Psychological behaviors related to brain disease or dysfunction
  • Sleep disorders, including insomnia and restless leg syndrome
  • Spine injury, trauma, or degeneration, including spinal stenosis in the cervical (neck) or lumbar (low back) areas

Our neurologists also oversee rehabilitation services provided after surgery or to help people regain function after a neurological event, such as a stroke.