Conditions & Treatments

Explore a wide range of integrated programs of excellence in neurology, provided by a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

HHC Neurosciences Conditions & Treatments Overview

The Ayer Neuroscience Institute offers services for the treatment of:


There are many different types of headaches. The specialists at our Comprehensive Headache Center examine triggers and symptoms, along with your complete medical history, to find your most effective options for treatment, including many of the most current techniques available today.

Comprehensive Headache Center

Movement Disorders

Impaired or involuntary movement may be caused by a variety of neurological conditions. Our dedicated Chase Family Movement Disorders Center offers diagnosis and management of a complex range of movement disorders, including gait disturbances, involuntary movements, dystonia, Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome and many more.

Chase Family Movement Disorders Center

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, also called MS, is a disease that can affect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves to the eyes. MS can cause problems with muscle control and strength, vision, balance, feeling, and thinking.

Multiple Sclerosis Center


Strokes happen suddenly. And their effects can be debilitating. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain either bursts, or is blocked by a clot. This causes brain cells to die, resulting in potential paralysis, loss of speech, visual impairment and other problems.

Video: Medical Rounds ~ Stroke Awareness

A stroke isn't a one-size-fits-all condition. There are many forms, ranging from mild to severe. The two most common types of stroke are ischemic and hemorrhagic. An ischemic stroke occurs when there's a blockage (a clot or a narrowed artery) that restricts blood flow to the brain. Bleeding in the brain, due to a broken blood vessel, causes hemorrhagic strokes.

Video: Medical Rounds ~ Life After Stroke


Epilepsy, a brain disorder that causes seizures, affects an estimated 3.4 million people – including close to 500,000 children – in the United States. It’s a complex disorder with multiple causes and a variety of seizures. Our doctors, for example, can choose from more than 20 seizure medications. Diagnosis includes careful evaluation by a team of specialists, starting with epileptologists and neurosurgeons. A neuropsychologist can help prepare you for any emotional or behavioral effects of your illness.

Epilepsy Center

Sleep Disorders

If you’re one of approximately 70 million Americans who suffer from some kind of sleep disorder, our Sleep Center offers the latest help:

  • One-on-one consultation with a board-certified sleep physician
  • Overnight and daytime sleep studies
  • Comprehensive follow-up
  • Pediatric sleep studies (infants & teens)
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Hotel-like bedrooms with flat screen TVs and private bathrooms
  • CPAP Clinics for sleep apnea patients
  • Home sleep study testing

Breakthrough Sleep Apnea Procedure

Neuro-oncology Needs

Our dedicated team includes neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuro-pathologists, neuro-oncologists, neuro-radiologists and radiation oncologists. They use the latest technologies and a unique multidisciplinary team approach to provide for streamlined care from diagnosis to discharge.

    Head Injury Program

    Hartford HealthCare offers one of the few head injury programs in New England, with outpatient after-care for patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Here, neurosurgeons and neuropsychologists collaborate on a customized treatment approach to help each patient meet unique challenges to return to normal activities. Care can include neuropsychological testing, physical therapy or treatment for balance problems or hearing loss. This more precise approach to treatment helps patients to recover faster.


    Hartford HealthCare has one of the few neurology intensive care units in the region, uniquely staffed and equipped to care for the complex issues that result from a brain or spine injury. 24 Hours a day, our specialists use cutting-edge technology to monitor subtle changes in each patient and revise treatment accordingly. If surgery is necessary, our neurosurgery team can respond quickly and effectively at any time.

    Pain Management

    Our medical, rehabilitative and behavioral pain management specialists collaborate on a treatment plan that focuses on your unique condition. They use both noninvasive and minimally invasive techniques, including:

    • Non-opioid analgesics
    • Pharmacological opioids
    • Trigger point injections
    • Joint injections
    • Nerve blocks
    • Spinal cord stimulation (SCS)
    • Intrathecal drug delivery
    • Nucleoplasty/disc decompression
    • Intradiscal electrothermal therapy
    • Neuroablation
    • Epidural steroid injection
    • Diagnostic discography
    • Radiofrequency (RF) therapy
    • Cryotherapy treatment
    • Pain-management coping skills
    • Relaxation techniques
    • Muscle biofeedback
    • Rehabilitation

    We also use the Calmare pain therapy device, which is noninvasive, painless, drug-free and free of known side effects. Calmare is used to treat various types of chronic neuropathic, oncologic and drug-resistant pain.

    We treat a variety of conditions including, but not limited to:

    • Chronic Back and Neck Pain
    • Degenerative Back and Neck Disorders
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Disc Herniation
    • Chiari Malformation
    • Spinal Fracture
    • Deformities, including Scoliosis and Kyphosis
    • Primary and Metastatic Spinal Tumors
    • Epilepsy and Seizures
    • Dementia
    • Parkinson's Disease
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Musculoskeletal Conditions
    • Speech and Language Disorders

    Spine Care

    The Institute’s spine program offers you exceptional care, from the most complex traumatic spine injuries and tumors to more common problems like herniated disks, degenerative arthritis, spinal stenosis, osteoporosis and sciatica.

    Our spine experts specialize in minimally invasive procedures, using the latest technology to reduce pain and promote faster recovery.

    Spine Services

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    Headache Center

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    The Headache Center Specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of many types of headaches. Learn more >>

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    The Movement Disorders Center is at the forefront of the latest clinical trials and treatment methods for movement disorders. Learn more >>