Your nervous system is central to your well-being; simple and complex conditions can affect adults and children alike. Our neurologists use state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose and treat. Once diagnosed, we will work tirelessly to improve your quality of life as quickly as possible. We also offer a CARF-accredited rehabilitation program, social services and continuing care to help minimize the condition’s effects and improve quality of life. Nervous system conditions we treat:
- Multiple Sclerosis: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system. When the protective covering that surrounds nerve cells are damaged by inflammation, nerve impulses are disrupted in areas of the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord. This causes the symptoms associated with the disease. Presence neurologists apply the latest research and treatments for MS to help reduce the severity of symptoms and slow the progress of the disease.
- Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders: In Parkinson’s, 80 percent or more of the dopamine-producing nerve cells no longer work properly, causing nerve cells to transmit signals wildly. This can result in trembling of the hands, arms, legs and face, stiffness in the legs and chest, slowness of movement and loss of balance and coordination. The onset can be subtle and the disease can progress slowly. Eventually Parkinson’s can affect movement and speech to the point of disability. Presence neurologists and neurosurgeons work together to diagnose and treat Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.
- Dizziness and Vertigo: If you feel like you or your surroundings are moving or spinning, you most likely have some form of vertigo. By contrast, dizziness is less severe and provides less of a sensation of movement. The most common kind of vertigo is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, and it can be easily treated. Vertigo also can be caused by inflammation in the inner ear, Ménière disease, head trauma, migraines, diabetes or hardening of the arteries. More serious possibilities include various tumors in nerve tissue, multiple sclerosis or problems with blood vessels in the brain. Because dizziness and vertigo can be symptoms of a wide variety of conditions, neurologists identify and evaluate symptoms to determine and treat the cause. We also work with neuro rehab specialists to help reduce and manage the effects of dizziness and vertigo.
- Brain Inflammation: Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is a brief but very intense inflammation in the brain and spinal cord that damages the protective covering of nerve fibers and certain brain tissues. Treatment of inflammation is followed by neuro rehab to reduce neurological damage that could cause vision loss, muscle weakness, paralysis and difficulty coordinating voluntary movement.
Neuroscience and Stroke Care Centers in Illinois
Presence Health uses stroke care protocols developed by the renowned Presence Neuroscience Institute team. Proven as efficient and high quality, learn more about these services offered at the Presence Health hospital closest to you:
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