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The Society for Neuroscience says it best:  “The human brain — a spongy, three-pound mass of tissue — is the most complex living structure in the known universe.

It has a capacity to store more information than a supercomputer and to create a network of connections that far surpasses any social network. The brain has enabled humans to achieve breathtaking milestones — walking on the moon, mapping the human genome, and composing masterpieces of art, literature, and music.”

What does a neurologist do?

A neurologist is a doctor who studies and diagnoses problems with the brain and nervous system.  They are not surgeons - they may recommend you see a specialized surgeon should you need surgery.  

During a neurological exam, a neurologist might check the following:

  • Mental status
  • Speech
  • Vision
  • Strength
  • Coordination
  • Reflexes
  • Sensation (ability to feel things)

What does the neuroscience department do?

One of the most complex organs in the human body is the brain.  So much can be affected by even the tiniest flaw.  

The Neuroscience Department specializes in treating neurology conditions such as:

  • Stroke 
  • TIAs (Trans Ischemic Attacks)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Spinal disorders
  • Back pain
  • Head trauma
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease)
  • Back pain
  • Brain and spinal cord injury or infection
  • Brain tumor
  • Epilepsy
  • Headaches
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy (a disease that affects your nerves)
  • Pinched nerves
  • Seizures
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Tremors (uncontrollable movements)

Where is it located?

It is located at Baptist Medical Center South on the fourth floor of the south tower. The department consists of a five-bed intensive care unit, a nine-bed step-down unit and an 18-bed acute care unit.

The staff is specially trained to focus on all aspects of the nervous system in their patient assessment and care.