The Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Neurosciences Center has long been a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of complex disorders of the brain, spine and muscle systems. As the region's only academic medical center, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin are involved in leading, nationally recognized initiatives geared toward providing the best possible outcomes in our community — improving the quality of life for our neighbors. Many specialty and subspecialty programs and services are offered by the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Neurosciences Center including:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive disease of the nervous system that attacks specialized nerve cells known as motor neurons, which extend from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to muscles throughout the body. As these nerve cells deteriorate, they lose the ability to control voluntary muscle movement. Learn more.
Autonomic DisordersThe autonomic nervous system controls vital body processes over which we have no control, including heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, breathing rate, digestion and endocrine secretions. Autonomic disorders are neurological diseases in which the autonomic nervous system ceases to function properly. Some examples include small fiber neuropathy, large fiber neuropathy, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, Shy-Drager syndrome, pure autonomic failure and hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating). Learn more.
Brain InjuriesThe Brain Injury Program at Froedtert & The Medical College provides comprehensive, continuous care to patients with brain injuries. We provide treatment for all types of traumatic brain injuries. Learn more.
Brain and Spine TumorsThe Brain and Spine Tumor Program is dedicated to diagnosing and treating patients with primary tumors of the brain and spinal cord as well as cancer that has spread to the nervous system or spine. The Froedtert & The Medical College Cancer Center has a highly trained team of neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, spinal surgeons, neuropathologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, neuroradiologists, oncology nurses and social workers. Surgical, radiation and medical management are used to provide state-of-the-science, optimal treatment. Some of these treatments are part of our research efforts to improve care for cancer patients, and are unavailable elsewhere in the region. Learn more.
EpilepsyOne in every 200 people suffers from epilepsy, making it the second most common serious neurological disorder after stroke. For centuries, people with epilepsy were stigmatized as insane, contagious or cursed--misconceptions that only heightened their suffering. Learn more.
Memory DisordersProgressive memory loss is cause for concern. There are many causes of memory loss, including depression, dementia (such as Alzheimer’s disease), side effects of drugs, strokes, head injury, alcoholism and others. Memory-related symptoms need prompt medical attention. The earlier the cause for a memory problem is identified, the sooner treatment can begin. Learn more.
Multiple SclerosisMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. About 400,000 people in the United States have MS, including about 10,000 people in Wisconsin. Learn more.
Neuro-Oncology Cognition ClinicWhen someone has cancer, he or she may experience a lesser known side effect of the disease and/or treatment. The side effect involves changes in cognition — a person’s ability to think, reason and perceive. These changes may occur because cancer in the brain (a brain tumor) or cancer treatment can affect the way the brain works. Learn more.
Neuro-OpthamologyThe Eye Institute of Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin is a national leader as a full-service academic ophthalmology program. Dedicated to the highest quality patient care, education, and vision research, the faculty and staff strive to provide state-of-the-art clinical and surgical patient care in a compassionate and timely way. Learn more.
Neuromuscular DiseasesMillions of people in the United States are affected by one of many neuromuscular disorders, a term used to describe a class of diseases that cause degeneration of the muscles or nerves that control movement or sensation. Neuromuscular disorders' symptoms vary widely, and in some cases can be progressive and debilitating. Many — but not all — neuromuscular diseases have a genetic basis. Learn more.
NeuropsychologyFaculty in the Neuropsychology Clinic at Froedtert & The Medical College work with patients to measure the presence and degree of behavioral impairment due to neurological disease or problems in brain development. This information is used to diagnose neurobehavioral disorders, to differentiate cognitive and psychological conditions, to determine prognosis, and to make treatment recommendations. Learn more.
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus ProgramNormal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is a form of hydrocephalus, also known as "water on the brain." This means there is too much fluid compressing the brain. Learn more.
Parkinson's Disease and Movement DisordersEach day, an estimated 40 million Americans cope with physical symptoms, emotional issues, social stigmas and other concerns related to Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia, spasticity, Huntington’s disease and other movement disorders. Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin is a leading resource for movement disorders treatments, including deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery. As the only provider of DBS in the area, the Neuorsciences Center offers a unique alternative for patients not adequately responding to medication. DBS is a complicated procedure that requires a skilled and knowledgeable surgical team and highly specialized equipment. Learn more.
Pituitary Tumors and DisordersLocated close to the brain, the pituitary gland is considered the “master” gland of the body because it secretes hormones that control growth, metabolism, energy, blood pressure and many other functions. Pituitary tumors and other disorders may also impact the nervous system. The Pituitary Disorders Program offers comprehensive and convenient evaluation and treatment of disorders of the pituitary gland and surrounding areas of the brain. Learn more.
Sleep DisordersTens of millions of Americans experience some form of sleep disorder. Despite such conditions' prevalence, however, more than 80 percent of people with sleep disorders go untreated because they don't discuss their sleep problems with their healthcare providers. Learn more.
SpasticitySpasticity is an abnormal increase in muscle tone and stiffness that can cause pain, unpredictable movement and tight, stiff muscles. More than 1 million Americans suffer from spasticity, which is a type of movement disorder. Our Comprehensive Spasticity Management Program offers experienced, specialized care for evaluating and treating the many neurological conditions that cause spasticity. Learn more.
Spinal Cord InjuryBetween 250,000 and 400,000 people in the United States have spinal cord injuries. Each year about 11,000 people sustain some degree of paralysis as a result, including more than 200 new injuries in Wisconsin each year. Learn more.
SpineCareAs many as 90 percent of people report at least one episode of back pain during their working lives, and back pain is a major cause of disability in the aging population. In many cases, back pain arises when stress is placed on the muscles and ligaments that support the spine. Learn more.
StrokeStroke is a medical emergency. Every year, more than 800,000 Americans suffer stroke, a cardiovascular disease that affects the arteries serving the brain, cutting off blood flow and depriving the brain of oxygen. Stroke is the nation's fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability.) Learn more.