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Neuroscience Institute Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What conditions does the Neuroscience Institute treat?
  2. What services are offered at the Neuroscience Institute?
  3. Where can I see a Neuroscience Institute provider? Who are the providers?
  4. Are there any clinical studies offered through the Neuroscience Institute?
  5. When should I see a doctor for my back pain?
  6. What interventions, treatments or procedures do you offer for my back pain?
  7. Do you offer Deep Brain Stimulation surgery?
  8. What services do you offer for memory disorders?
  9. I'm looking for more information about multiple sclerosis, what can you tell me about it?
  10. What treatment options does Virginia Mason's Neuroscience Institute offer for brain cancer?
  11. What is your Neurophysiology Lab?
  12. Has the Neuroscience Institute or the neurologists and neurosurgeons received any awards or been in the news recently?
  13. Does the Neuroscience Institute offer any classes for patients and the general public?


1. What conditions does the Neuroscience Institute treat?
Virginia Mason's Neuroscience Institute treats a variety of conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease, brain tumors, back pain, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and more. View a more comprehensive list of conditions treated.

2. What services are offered at the Neuroscience Institute?
Virginia Mason's board-certified neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, neuropsychologists, therapists and other neuro-rehabilitation specialists work together to provide the best quality neurologic care to our patients. Learn more about these services.

3. Where can I see a Neuroscience Institute provider? Who are the providers?
The neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuro-rehabilitation specialists in Virginia Mason's Neuroscience Institute see patients at Federal Way Medical Center, Lynnwood Medical Center, Hospital & Seattle Medical Center and Bainbridge Island Medical Center. Find more information about scheduling an appointment. Find a list of Virginia Mason's Neuroscience Institute team.

4. Are there any clinical studies offered through the Neuroscience Institute?
Virginia Mason in partnership with Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is the northwest's leader in offering clinical studies to patients.

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5. When should I see a doctor for my back pain?
It's been estimated that up to 30 percent of adults will have an episode of back pain lasting at least one week in a given year. If symptoms are prolonged, you will usually see improvement with a stretching or strengthening program tailored specifically to you. Failure to improve over time, a fever, prominent pain at night, bowel or bladder changes associated with pain or a history of cancer or immune suppression are considered "red flags" and should prompt further medical evaluation. Virginia Mason offers rapid access to back specialists through our Spine Clinic. Our specialists can quickly assess your situation and get you started on the road to recovery. Please call us if your back pain is interfering with your ability to function normally for more than a day or two.

6. What interventions, treatments or procedures do you offer for my back pain?
Virginia Mason offers the full spectrum of treatment options for spine care. Our physiatry and physical therapy team in the Spine Clinic provides effective, evidence-based conservative treatment interventions to help manage the pain, provide education on ergonomics and back health, as well as develop a flexibility and strengthening program that is tailored to you. We also work with Virginia Mason's Anesthesia Pain Clinic/Interventional spine service to provide a variety of interventional procedures including epidural steroid injections, facet injections, radiofrequency treatments, and neurostimulation procedures such as spinal cord stimulation. We have some of the top neurosurgeons in the area who specialize in spine surgery, from minimally invasive approaches to complex spinal reconstructions.

7. Do you offer Deep Brain Stimulation surgery?
Yes, we do. Our experienced team of experts provide hope through Deep Brain Stimulation for those suffering from Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and other movement disorders.

8. What services do you offer for memory disorders?
Virginia Mason's Neuroscience Institute team provides a multidisciplinary approach for the evaluation and treatment of progressive memory disorders, including services for Alzheimer's disease, dementia and multi-infarct dementia. Learn more about our services for memory disorders.

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9. I'm looking for more information about multiple sclerosis, what can you tell me about it?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disorder in which the body's immune system destroys the protective sheath that covers nerve fibers. This interferes with the communication between your brain and other parts of the body. Virginia Mason's multiple sclerosis team is comprised of experts providing care to the whole patient, addressing neurological, physical, psychological and nutritional needs. Learn more.

10. What treatment options does Virginia Mason's Neuroscience Institute offer for brain cancer?
Virginia Mason's brain cancer surgeons and support team offer multiple options for treatment, including: surgery, radiation therapy (external beam radiation and stereotactic radiosurgery), chemotherapy, drug therapy and experimental treatment. Learn more about Virginia Mason's treatment options for brain cancer.

11. What is your Neurophysiology Lab?
Our Neurophysiology Lab offers patients complete diagnostic testing for neurological conditions. View the tests performed in the Neurophysiology Lab, in Seattle.

12. Has the Neuroscience Institute or the neurologists and neurosurgeons received any awards or been in the news recently?
Virginia Mason's Neuroscience Institute, as well as individual neurologists and neurosurgeons are often recognized for outstanding work and featured in the news. Learn more about recent Neuroscience Institute award and news.

13. Does the Neuroscience Institute offer any classes for patients and the general public?
Virginia Mason's Neuroscience Institute offers educational classes and support groups for brain tumor support, stroke support and multiple sclerosis. Learn more about Virginia Mason's classes and support groups.
 

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