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Epilepsy Center

As a top destination for epilepsy care, we see people of all ages with a wide range of conditions. Almost 50 percent of the time, the problem isn’t epilepsy itself but a mood or conversion disorder — equally debilitating, but demanding a different course of care.

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Headache Center

The Comprehensive Headache Center offers a wide range of services and treatments for headache, specializing in the diagnosis, classification and definition of unusual headache syndromes.

A few of the treatment options available include:

  • Biobehavioral treatments to help reduce stress and pain
  • Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Injections for prevention of migraines
  • Occipital and other peripheral nerve blocks for reduction of inflammation and swelling
  • Trigger point injections that may provide relief by targeting pain and symptoms

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Hearing & Balance Center

The Hearing & Balance Center addresses conditions such as:

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Dizziness (with a dedicated Dizzy Clinic)
  • Ear Infections
  • Hearing Loss

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Chase Family Movement Disorders Center

With a commitment to ongoing research alongside exceptional patient care, the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center at the Ayer Neuroscience Center is at the forefront of the latest clinical trials and treatment methods for movement disorders.

Treatments may include:

  • Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Injections which may be used to treat abnormal postures or movement
  • Deep brain stimulation that may help restore normal brain rhythms
  • Occipital nerve block which can provide temporary relief of pain and muscle spasm

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Neurovascular Care

With high quality CAT scan, MRI and Cerebral Angiography, our team of experts can render cutting-edge care for patients suffering a stroke from a blocked artery or treat brain aneurysms with both endovascular and intracranial surgery.


Neuropsychology

With research-based knowledge and the latest assessment strategies, our goal is to gain a comprehensive understanding of patients, reduce the effects of neurologically related impairment and to maximize an individual’s functioning in daily life. A holistic approach that addresses physical, emotional and cognitive problems/symptoms is integral to our clinical service.


Neuro-Oncology

Our dedicated team includes neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuro-pathologists, neuro-oncologists, neuro-radiologists and radiation oncologists. They use the latest technologies to treat cancer of the brain and spine. This multidisciplinary team approach provides for streamlined care from diagnosis to discharge.


Neuro-Trauma

With our state-of-the-art neurosurgical intensive care unit, patients with injuries to the brain and spinal cord have the advantage of receiving the most advanced treatment from a team of neurosurgeons, neurointensivists, and neuro-critical care nurses. Patients upon discharge may be referred to our Head Injury Program staffed by physicians and neuropsychologists.


Neurosurgery

Our scope of neurological surgery ranges from common surgical procedures for herniated disc repair to advanced spinal surgery techniques, including disc implants, tumor removal and spinal fusion using minimally invasive surgical technologies.

Among the surgical treatments by our board-certified neurosurgeons:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Tumors of the Spine
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury or Disease
  • Traumatic and Critical Care Injuries
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Syringomyelia

Our surgeons also have expertise in:

  • Stereotactic
  • Radiosurgery
  • Functional Neurosurgery
  • Spinal Cord Stimulators
    and Other Pain Procedures

Back pain typically affects eight out of 10 people at some point in their lives. Low back or lumbar pain is the most common. While many spinal conditions can be treated conservatively with physical therapy, steroid injections and pain management techniques, surgery is sometimes required.

Patients recovering from complex surgical cases begin recovery in the hospital, and continue with a physical therapy program affiliated with a rehabilitative facility or home therapy program.

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Pain Treatment

Pain treatment at Hartford HealthCare addresses the complexities of treating pain with a single purpose: to restore function while providing relief that allows you to resume your normal routine.

Some types of pain we treat include back and neck pain, work injuries, cancer pain, shingles, RSD, nerve injury pain, joint pain, and more.

New technology continues to improve pain-management treatment including scrambler therapy, spinal cord stimulation, high-intensity light therapy, low-level energy laser, sphenopalatine ganglion block, genomes, and more.

The Hartford Hospital Pain Treatment Center, under the leadership of Jonathan Kost, MD, diagnoses patients’ sources of discomfort and provides a thorough, goal-oriented plan to minimize pain and restore functionality.

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Sleep Disorders Center

Our sleep centers use state-of-the-art technology to help you sleep better.

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Spine Care

Our spine experts, consisting of a team of neurosurgeons, have the capability to treat diseases of the spine with minimally invasive techniques that cause less pain after surgery, leading to a shorter hospital stay.

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Stroke Center

We treat more stroke patients than any other hospital system in Connecticut. To ensure your comfort and satisfaction, a Nurse Navigator will guide you through each phase of your treatment and recovery.

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