Over 600 conditions afflict the nervous system. Stroke, spine disorders, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis are among the most common. Neurological conditions cross multiple specialties, such as neurology, psychology, psychiatry, radiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation. By consolidating these specialties into the Neuroscience Institute, we can coordinate care for our Salt Lake City neurological patients.
Brain Tumor Treatment
We provide treatment for patients with tumors of the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. Our comprehensive approach includes imaging studies (e.g., MRI scans), laboratory tests, administration of chemotherapy and medical management of tumor-related symptoms. We collaborate closely with our colleagues in radiation oncology, neurosurgery, radiology, pathology and clinical research for an integrated approach to care.
Chronic Back Pain Treatment
Together, our doctors and clinicians tackle chronic back pain through analysis, injections, medication, psychological counseling, and physical rehabilitation.
Counseling for Patients with Disabilities
For patients with disabilities, we offer mental health individual and group counseling.
We offer full treatment for epilepsy, including inpatient video EEG monitoring, outpatient EEG, medication management, and counseling.
Neuromuscular Disease Management
We offer medical management for patients with strokes, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other neuromuscular diagnoses.
Neuron Disease Diagnosis
We offer outpatient electromyography/nerve conduction studies (EMG/NCV) to diagnose upper and lower extremity neuropathy, myopathy, myasthenia gravis, and motor neuron disease.
We offer botulinum toxin injections for treatment of headaches, blephoraspasm, hemifacial spasm, cervical dystonia, focal/segmental/generalized dystonia, and spasticity.
On the Intermountain Medical Center campus we offer a continuum of care for individuals with acute and chronic disabling neurologic conditions such as stroke (CVA), traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), neuropathies and myopathies. These services begin in the acute care hospital (IMC) with speech language pathology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, who may be consulted shortly after the onset of the condition. Selected patients who require further intensive and integrated in-hospital rehabilitation services are treated in our Neuro Rehabilitation Unit on the 12th floor of Intermountain Medical Center. There we have a full team of rehabilitation professionals, which in addition to occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech language pathology, includes rehabilitation nursing, psychology, social work, and physicians specialized in neurologic rehabilitation known as physiatrists. Upon discharge from the hospital patients are usually referred to home health or outpatient therapy services with continued management by rehabilitation physicians in the Neuroscience Institute clinic. We are closely affiliated with the neurologic rehabilitation therapies on the TOSH campus in the physician office building.
Dr. Dodds and Ryser also are board certified in electrodiagnosis for neuromuscular conditions and perform electromyography and nerve conduction studies in the Neurosciences Institute.
We provide outpatient neuropsychological evaluations to determine cognitive strengths and weaknesses as a result of epilepsy, brain injury, stroke, dementia, learning disabilities, etc.
Neuropsychological testing is important in determining impairment in thinking and behavior common to a variety of neurological problems, and can aid in diagnosis and treatment of those disorders. Testing can assess the cognitive strengths and limitations of an individual who is suffering from a traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy or other neurological issue. This evaluation can be used to determine the need for additional kinds of therapy, compensatory strategies, medication, employment adjustments, and care planning. Early detection of cognitive issues is helpful for early intervention before cognitive problems have more significant effects (financial, safety, occupational) on the well being of an individual and their family. Our neuropsychologists have different areas of expertise, and we will facilitate a referral to a staff member specializing in the kind of problem you or your family member may be experiencing.