Neurological care is the practice of medicine that focuses on the treatment, function and diagnosis of diseases relating to the nerves and nervous system. Neurologists and neurosurgeons treat disorders that affect the brain or spinal cord.
Neurological care in Florida
A gentle smile, a new idea. A sprint to the finish, a warm embrace. All of these moments and more are powered by your nervous system—the control panel for your entire body.
So when any part of that system is compromised by injury, chronic symptoms or disease, it can often feel upsetting or overwhelming. That's where we come in. Our neurologists across HCA Florida Healthcare’s statewide network of hospitals are ready to walk with you step by step and hand in hand. We help you and your loved ones process and understand your diagnosis and work collaboratively to develop a personalized care and treatment plan.
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Neurological conditions we treat
Conditions affecting the brain and spine can be complex, and no two neurological conditions are exactly the same. You may not know what questions to ask or what something means, and that is okay. We are here to listen. We take the time to get to know you and learn about your family's medical history to help us diagnose your condition. Our neurological teams specialize in treating conditions of the nerves, muscles, bones, joints and spine. These conditions include:
- Acoustic neuromas
- Alzheimer's disease
- Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and other neurovascular abnormalities
- Brain cancer and tumors
- Degenerative disc diseases
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and concussions
- Intracranial hemorrhages
- Migraines and other headache disorders
- Movement disorders, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), essential tremor, Parkinson's disease and spasticity
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Myasthenia gravis (MG)
- Spine injuries, including vertebral fractures and herniated discs
- Spine tumors
- Trigeminal neuralgia (chronic facial pain)
- Other nerve and muscle issues, including spasms, weakness, numbness and pain
Neurological treatments we offer
Depending on your specific condition, our neurologists may first opt for more foundational treatment methods, such as medication management, steroid injections or physical therapy. However, when a more advanced treatment is necessary, our specialized doctors are here to provide the care you need and deserve.
A subspecialty of neurology, neurointervention involves treating neurological disorders using a combination of minimally invasive techniques and angiography machines (X-rays of blood or lymph vessels).
During traditional neurosurgery, the surgeon will make an incision into the part of the body that needs treatment. However, a neurointerventionist will treat the disease endovascularly, by using small tubes (catheters) through the blood vessels to reach the location. We use this approach when possible, as it is less invasive and often enables a faster recovery.
Neurosurgery (surgical treatment for neurological conditions)
When your condition requires further treatment, our neurosurgeons may recommend a surgical option. In these cases, we offer access to specialized neurosurgeons in our HCA Florida network who blend science, precision and training and support patients through rehabilitation and recovery.
Neurosurgical procedures can include:
- Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
- Brain biopsy for tumor identification
- Brain tumor excision
- Burr hole craniotomy for subdural hematoma
- Carpal tunnel surgery
- Chiari malformation decompression
- Cranial shunt placement and revisions
- Excision of skull-based cysts
- Kyphoplasty lead placements for spinal cord stimulators
- Lumbar and cervical instrumentation revision
- Lumbar interbody fusions
- Microsurgical decompression
- Microsurgical discectomy
Deep brain stimulation (DBS)
DBS is a surgical option for patients with tremors caused by Parkinson's disease, essential tremor or MS. This treatment involves implanting a pacemaker-like device that sends electrical impulses to inactivate the parts of the brain that cause symptoms.
Neurological treatments we offer
Our UCF Lake Nona Hospital, a part of HCA Florida Healthcare location now offers focused ultrasound procedures to treat tremors caused by Parkinson's Disease or Essential Tremor. This two-hour outpatient procedure uses beams of ultrasound energy to target the part of the brain causing the tremor and makes it stop. Effects of focused ultrasound are usually immediate and can help you get back to your daily life.
Your central anchor, the spine is an integral component of your body's central nervous system and musculoskeletal system. Because of this, our neurological specialists often partner with orthopedic surgeons to provide complete spine care.
Working together, we diagnose and treat spine conditions to relieve pain, increase mobility and restore your quality of life.
If you or a loved one experiences a stroke, our neurologists are standing by 24/7 to help provide the fast, lifesaving stroke care you need. When possible, we work together with local emergency medical services (EMS) providers to start preparing for your arrival while you are in transit, saving precious time and brain function.
Epilepsy, also referred to as seizure disorder, is a neurological disorder that is especially worrisome to those who experience it. Which is why we do everything we can to help you understand more about the condition and find a treatment plan that helps relieve your symptoms.
Epilepsy can be caused by a variety of factors — from brain injury and birth defects to infection and inflammation.
It is often characterized by:
- A staring spell
- Experiencing feelings such as fear or anxiety
- Loss of consciousness or awareness
- Temporary confusion
- Uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs
Should our doctors suspect you are experiencing epilepsy, they will work side-by-side with you to help ease your symptoms.
Diagnosing a neurological condition
Whether a diagnosis leads to managing symptoms early on or developing a plan for specialized support and rehabilitation over time, our doctors use innovative, advanced technologies to make a thorough assessment and informed diagnosis.
The most common neurology diagnostic imaging procedures include:
- Biplane angiography
- Computerized tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
Our neurological care team
At HCA Florida, we take a team-based approach to care. We bring together neurological specialists, surgeons and often your primary care physician, to make sure we have all of the information we need to provide you with high-quality care.
Together, our goal is to create a care plan that works for you and to make sure you receive seamless care throughout it all.
The neurology teams at our hospitals include:
- Nursing staff
- Occupational therapists
- Orthopedic surgeons
- Physical therapists
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