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Why choose Ochsner Health for neurology care?

At Ochsner Health, we're steadfast in our mission to provide the best neurological care available. Our experienced team of neurologists are at the forefront of their fields, dedicating themselves to the diagnosis, treatment and management of a wide range of neurological conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, brain injuries, stroke and spinal injuries.

We understand that neurological issues can be complex and daunting. That's why we prioritize a patient-centered approach, tailoring each treatment plan to the individual, ensuring they feel heard, understood and supported throughout their journey.

In the realm of research, we're pioneering new advancements every day. We're dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what's possible in neurological healthcare, striving to bring innovative solutions to our patients.

At Ochsner Health, we're not just responding to neurological diseases and conditions, we're actively working to prevent them, treat them more effectively, and ultimately, improve the lives of those affected by them. Our commitment to patient care, groundbreaking research, and education ensures a healthier, brighter future for all.

In the world of neurology, headache is the most common condition treated. However, there are hundreds of others. From cerebral palsy to dementia to stroke, we care for them all. A few conditions our neurology team detects and treats include:

In neurology, it’s important to provide the right treatment to the right patient at the right time. Depending on your condition, your Ochsner team may provide one or more of the following treatments:

  • Botox (botulinum toxin). When injected into appropriate muscles, it helps relieve headaches or severe muscle cramps caused by conditions such as writer’s cramp.

  • Medication. The right medication can help with pain management and symptom reduction. It can also stop a stroke.

  • Music therapy. A unique therapy, music therapy treats and improves the lives of those with conditions affecting gait (walking), speech or memory.

  • Nerve block. Injected medication targets pain-producing nerves, encouraging them to stop sending pain signals to your brain.

  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy. When appropriate, these therapies help you recover or maintain strength, speech and the ability to perform activities of daily living. In essence, they help you maintain maximum independence.

  • Surgery. In the event you need surgery, your neurologist will refer you to Ochsner’s team of neurosurgery experts.

In addition to these treatments, Ochsner advances care into the future with neurology clinical trials. If you could benefit from an ongoing clinical trial, your care team will discuss the possibility with you. By participating, you gain another opportunity for improved health and make more care options available for future generations.

Neurologic conditions cause frustrating and dangerous symptoms that cause you to seek medical attention. Symptoms you may experience include:

  • Abnormally slow movements

  • Difficulty maintaining balance

  • Dizziness

  • Double vision

  • Forgetfulness

  • Frequent feelings of déjà vu

  • Headaches

  • Inability to lift and keep both arms overhead

  • Light sensitivity

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Nausea

  • Numbness in the face, arms and/or legs

  • Personality changes or extreme emotional swings

  • Problems speaking or understanding speech

  • Uncontrollable tremors or muscle spasms

  • Weakness in the face, arms and/or legs

Diagnosing neurologic conditions begins with a physical exam and discussion of your medical history. Your neurology team may then prescribe one or more of the following tests:

  • CT and MRI angiograms. Advanced CT and MRI technology in our Neuroradiology program creates high-definition images of your brain. These help your neurology team diagnose your condition and determine the best treatment plan.

  • Electroencephalography. This test records electrical activity in your brain. It’s often used to diagnose the cause of seizures.

  • Electromyography and nerve conduction studies. Electromyography monitors your muscle’s electrical activity when at rest and at work. Nerve conduction studies test the speed at which electrical signals move through your nerves. Your team may perform both tests together.

  • Memory testing. This evaluates your brain and emotional health. As part of a neuropsychological evaluation, memory testing helps determine if your condition needs neurological or psychological care.

  • Transcranial doppler. Ultrasound technology shows blockages or other abnormalities in the blood vessels in the head.

Experts who may be part of your neurology care team include:

  • Advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants)

  • Clinical research coordinators

  • Medical assistants

  • Neuro-oncologists

  • Neurologists

  • Neurology care navigators

  • Neuropsychologists

  • Neurosurgeons

  • Nurses

  • Psychiatrists

  • Psychologists

Sometimes, it takes multiple experts and tests to get to the bottom of a neurologic condition. That’s why Ochsner takes a multidisciplinary approach to neurology care.

Each week, neurologists meet with neurosurgeons, radiologists, neuro-oncologists and others. During this conference, they discuss difficult patient cases. This provides instant second and third opinions on diagnosis and treatment. It also gives patients peace of mind, knowing multiple experts agreed on the best way to move forward.

Ochsner neurologists also offer second opinions to patients receiving treatment at other facilities. You or a referring physician can request a second opinion. To request a second opinion, call 504-842-3980.

When you turn to Ochsner for neurology care, you expect excellence. Year after year, outside agencies confirm our quality of care with awards.

  • Nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for Neurology and Neurosurgery for more than a decade

  • Recognized by Healthgrades Neurosciences Excellence Award annually since 2012 and named among the top 5% in the nation for Neurosciences

  • Ranked by Healthgrades as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care annually since 2012

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award annually since 2011

  • Named by Healthgrades among the top 5% in the nation for Treatment of a Stroke annually since 2011

  • Certified by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Program

  • Ochsner named on Becker’s Hospital Review list of 100 hospitals & health systems with great spine programs

  • Accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers and received the highest designation for a comprehensive epilepsy program as evident by our Level IV status

  • The Ochsner ALS Center has been designated as a Certified Treatment Center of Excellence through the ALS Association’s Certified Center Program.

  • Named a Center of Excellence for Spine Care for Employers by Contigo

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Neurology

Neurology Locations

Ochsner Medical Complex - Clearview
4430 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70006
  • Monday – Friday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ochsner Lafayette General Neuroscience Center
136 Hospital Drive
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Monday–Thursday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics
2390 West Congress St.
Lafayette, LA 70506
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner LSU Health - St. Mary Medical Center
915 Margaret Place
Shreveport, LA 71101
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - Michoud
13800 Old Gentilly Road , Building 101, Suite 101-1-EC32; Gate 9A
New Orleans, LA 70129
  • Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m.-4:30 a.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m.-1:30 a.m.
Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Open 24/7
Slidell Memorial Hospital East
100 Medical Center Drive
Slidell, LA 70461
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - Central
11424 Sullivan Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70818
  • Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ochsner Specialty Health Center - Raceland
141 Twin Oaks Drive
Raceland, LA 70394
  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ochsner Health Center - Covington
1000 Ochsner Blvd.
Covington, LA 70433
  • Mon–Fri: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ochsner Health Center - O'Neal
16777 Medical Center Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
  • Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ochsner St. Anne Hospital
4608 Highway 1
Raceland, LA 70394
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - Metairie
2005 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70002
  • Mon: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Tues–Fri: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sat: 8 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Ochsner Health Center - Kenner
200 West Esplanade Ave.
Kenner, LA 70065
Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center
2700 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Open 24/7