Neurological Disorders

To find patient care programs and faculty treating neurological disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute, please see the right-hand column below. Additional helpful information, including definitions, symptoms, Institute press releases, Potential magazine articles, and other resources outside the Institute, have also been provided for readers on this page.

Neurological Disorders Overview:

Neurology refers to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Neurologists often diagnose and treat muscles disorders as well.

Neurological disorders are common and can be life-threatening -- such as brain tumors and strokes -- or less harmful (though potentially debilitating) -- such as tension headaches and sleep disorders. The vast majority of disorders treated at Kennedy Krieger Institute are neurological in nature. However, since their manifestations and treatments are so diverse, neurological disorders have been divided into numerous sub-groups, with their own specialized teams of physicians and therapists. Epilepsy specialists treat seizures, while neurogeneticists treat children with degenerative disorders of the brain. Physiatrists (specialists in in rehabilitative medicine) and neurodevelopmental pediatricians (who specialize in taking care of children with learning problems and cerebral palsy) help individuals with neurological problems achieve their maximum potential