Services and specialties

Edward-Elmhurst Health offers advanced care and treatment for conditions related to the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system, including:

Alzheimer’s and dementia. Dementia is a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases. Alzheimer's disease is one form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time. It affects memory, thinking and behavior.

Aneurysms. Aneurysms in the brain occur when there is a weakened area in the wall of a blood vessel. The danger of an aneurysm is that it will rupture, something that a patient may describe as "the worst headache of my life."

Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are congenital blood vessel abnormalities found in the brain as well as elsewhere in the body. Composed of a complex tangle of arteries and veins, AVMs wreak havoc on the normally smooth operation of the human circulatory system, with bleeding in the brain a major cause for concern.

Balance disorders. Balance disorders are conditions that make you feel unsteady or dizzy. If you are standing, sitting or lying down, you may feel as if you are moving, spinning or floating. If you are walking, you may suddenly feel as if you are tipping over.

Brain and spine tumors. Brain and spinal cord tumors are some of the most complex cancers to treat. We work together to treat the disease and provide you and your family with the personalized attention and support you deserve.

Concussions. A concussion is a brain injury resulting from a blow to the head or from having one’s head and neck jarred violently. It isn’t a problem limited to contact sports. A concussion may result from a car accident or something as simple as a child falling off a bike and hitting her head on the sidewalk.

Epilepsy. Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which a person has repeated seizures (convulsions) over time. Seizures are episodes of disturbed brain activity that cause changes in attention or behavior. Epilepsy may be due to a medical condition or an injury that affects the brain, or the cause may be unknown.

Migraines and headaches 
A migraine is a common type of headache that may occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light. In many people, a throbbing pain is felt only on one side of the head. 

Movement disorders. Movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s Disease, are neurological conditions in which an individual experiences abnormal voluntary or involuntary movements, or slow, reduced movements in parts of the body. 

Multiple sclerosis (MS). Multiple sclerosis is believed to be an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the lining of the nerves. This damage causes scarring that blocks signals the brain is trying to send the body.

Neuromuscular disorders. Neuromuscular disorders involve the muscles and the nerves that control them. We treat disorders such as ALS, carpal tunnel, Guillain-Barre, myasthenia gravis, neuropathy, radiculopathy, and sciatica.

Stroke and vascular disease. A stroke is an interruption of the blood supply to the brain and is sometimes called a "brain attack." Time is brain so every second counts and can mean the difference between life and death, total independence or long-term disability.

Trauma. The highly trained and experienced experts at Edward-Elmhurst Healthe provide comprehensive care for traumatic brain and spine injuries.