Diseases that affect your brain, spinal cord or nervous system come in many forms. You may have symptoms that affect your movement, senses, memory or sleep. Our neurologists work with you to find the correct diagnosis and treatment.

What are neurological diseases?

Neurological diseases affect the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. There are many types of neurological disease.

  • Degenerative disease such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Disease caused by faulty genes such as Huntington’s disease or muscular dystrophy
  • Disease of the cerebrovascular system, the vessels that supply blood to the brain, such as stroke
  • Seizure disorders such as epilepsy
  • Infections such as meningitis

Some signs of a neurological disorder include:

  • vision loss that comes on suddenly
  • dizziness or vertigo
  • frequent migraines
  • severe headaches
  • movement issues
  • numbness or tingling
  • ongoing neck or back pain
  • difficulty sleeping

How are neurological diseases diagnosed?

Talk with your primary care provider about any concerns. Your doctor can refer you to neurology for an initial screening. You may have several tests including MRI or other imaging tests as appropriate.

How are neurological diseases treated?

There are many different types and causes of neurological disorders. Our neurology team can perform comprehensive evaluation, state-of-the-art treatment and medical management of neurological diseases. Using a team approach to care, we bring in specialists across the system to deliver the best care for your disease.

At Guthrie’s Memory Clinic we perform detailed examinations of various brain faculties to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and find the cause of dementia. We use a three-pronged therapeutic approach involving medication, supportive health care and social support. These are tailored to your needs with regular monitoring of your progress.