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Clinical Specialties

Neurological Conditions We Treat

At the San, we offer a range of medical and surgical services for the treatment of neurological conditions including:

Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and is commonly recognised as a progressive mental deterioration of the brain.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is also sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which is a rapidly progressive neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling the voluntary muscles.

Autonomic disorders

The autonomic nervous system controls involuntary body actions (ones that we cannot control) and disorders can occur when the nerves that control these functions are damaged.

Back or neck pain
Behavioural neurology

Studies the neurological basis of behaviour and the impact of neurological damage and disease upon these functions

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful disorder of the hand caused by pressure on nerves that run through the wrist

Cerebrovascular disease

Cerebrovascular disease are conditions caused by problems that affect the circulation of blood supply to the brain

Clinical neurology

Diagnosis and treatment of patients with neurological conditions


Dementia is not a specific disease in its own right, but a term used to describe a wide range of symptoms that lead to a decline in memory function


A neurological disorder identified by recurrent, unprovoked seizures

Migraine and cluster headaches in adult and paediatric patients

Migraines are a particularly severe type of headache, whereas cluster headaches – considered one of the most painful – can happen daily and in “clusters” and often affect one side of the head

Movement disorders (Parkinson’s / Lewy body / Huntington’s diseases, and tremor dystonia)

These diseases are all types of neurological disorders which affect movement – Parkinson’s disease is known for producing body tremors and shakes, resulting from a degeneration of nerve cells in the brain; Lewy Body Disease is similar to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and results from tiny protein deposits in nerve cells which affects movement; Huntington’s disease which results from an inherited defective gene also has similar symptoms; and tremor dystonia which causes ‘tremors” or involuntary movements resulting from incorrect messages from the brain causing over-active body movement or postures, and often appearing in young adulthood or mid-life.

Multiple sclerosis

A chronic neurological disease that attacks the central nervous system – ie the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves – which can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control and other basic body functions and can vary in severity

Motor neurone disease

Motor neurone disease (MND) can also be called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease and is a condition which causes weakness in the muscles that gets worse and eventually leads to paralysis

Muscular dystrophy

A genetic neuromuscular disorder marked by a progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles

Neuropathic pain syndromes

A complex and chronic state of pain resulting from actual nerve or tissue damage

Neuromuscular disorders

A broad term that encompasses many neurological diseases and syndromes, some hereditary, that affect the function of the muscles, both voluntary and involuntary

Neurophysiological diagnostic studies including EEG, NCV, EMG, and evoked potential testing
Neuropsychology, including MCI, MMSE and comprehensive neuropsychological assessment

The study, assessment and treatment of psychological disorders affecting conditions of the brain

Peripheral neuropathy

A disorder that occurs when your peripheral nerves have been damaged and may affect or impair sensation, movement, gland or organ function

Stroke – with 24/7 stroke care including TIA management and dissolving dangerous clots

A stroke results from a sudden interruption of blood flow to the brain, either by a clot or blood vessel within the brain rupturing. Symptoms include weakness, numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg on one or both sides of the body, difficulty in speaking and often dizziness or loss of balance and/or vision. A TIA is a mini-stroke

Tourette syndrome

An inherited neurological disorder that often begins before the age of 21 and is characterised by involuntary movements and uncontrollable vocal sounds called tics

Vascular cognitive impairment

A type of dementia caused by a shortage of blood supply to the brain leading to a decline in thinking abilities and often causing symptoms similar to Alzheimer’ disease

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Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical Specialties and Services