The Care Team
As a patient at Lehigh Valley Health Network's Neuroscience Center, you'll be cared for by a team of different types of healthcare providers. These health care professionals work together to ensure you receive the best possible care. Here are the people you may see, and what they do to help you get better.
If a physician on your care team is board-certified, he or she chose to obtain an additional credential after medical school and residency training. Board-certified physicians have completed additional education and passed an examination to earn this credential. If one of your caregivers is fellowship-trained, the physician has had additional training in a particular area of interest.
Neurologist: Neurologists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of brain, spinal cord and nervous system diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, headaches, stroke or injury.
Neuroradiologist: A neuroradiologist is a doctor trained in radiology who specializes in creating and interpreting pictures of the nervous system. The pictures are produced using forms of radiation, such as x-rays, sound waves (ultrasound) or other types of technology.
Interventional radiologist: An interventional radiologist is involved in the treatment of the patient, as well as the diagnosis of disease. Interventional radiology offers an alternative to the surgical treatment of many conditions including cerebral aneurysm, stroke and arteriovenous malformation (AVM).
Physiatrist: A physiatrist is a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation to treat various musculoskeletal (muscles and bones), and neurological (nervous system) disorders, including conditions such as arthritis, back pain, work- and sports-related injuries and spinal cord injuries.
Chiropractor (or doctor of chiropractic medicine): Chiropractors are health care professionals that focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Occupational therapist: Occupational therapists help people with physical, developmental or emotional disabilities lead independent, productive and satisfying lives. Occupational therapists assist adults in learning how to carry out activities of daily living; recommend changes in layout and design of the home, school or workplace to allow persons with disabilities greater access and mobility; and teach energy conservation and work simplification methods.
Pain medicine specialist: Pain management specialists assess, treat and help patients cope with pain. Treatment may include medication, interventional pain management techniques such as nerve blocks, physical therapy and alternative medicine. The field encompasses neuropathic, chronic and post-operative pain.
Physical therapist: Physical therapists evaluate and provide treatment for persons with health problems and disabilities resulting from injury, disease, overuse of muscles or tendons, pain or loss of a body part. Physical therapy treatments and services focus on restoring the individual's mobility (movement) and function and preventing further disability.
You will see several other caregivers and support staff if you stay in one of our hospitals. Meet the members of our inpatient team and learn how they will help you.