What is Neuromedicine?
The human body is a complex system, with specialized structures that work together to allow us to maintain life, think, move and feel. The system that is responsible for transmitting messages from one part of the body to another is called the nervous system.
The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and related structures. Physicians who specialize in treating diseases and disorders of the nervous system are called neuromedicine specialists. they include neurologists, neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists, physical medicine/rehabilitation physicians, orthopedic spine surgeons and specially trained anesthesiologists.
Neuromedicine specialists treat a wide variety of illnesses and disorders, including:
- Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive impairments (aphasia, dementia, language disturbances)
- Bell's palsy
- Brain and spinal cord tumors
- Epilepsy and seizure disorders
- Headache disorders
- Injuries to the brain and/or spinal cord
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neuromuscular disorders such as muscular dystrophy, and ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)
- Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders such as essential tremor, Huntington's disease, dystonia, balance disorders and multiple system atrophy
- Peripheral nervous disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Trouble speaking, swallowing, breathing or learning