Botox treatment offers migraine relief

Paige O'Leary 

Active teenager Paige O'Leary had had enough of painful migraines that caused her to miss more than 30 days of school. Innovative Botox treatments at last brought relief. Today, she is off medications and pain-free.

Conditions and Treatments

Patients receive individualized care

Our expert neurologists provide the latest therapies for the most complex neurological conditions, including movement disorders and neuromuscular disorders. Adults and children receive expert diagnoses and care tailored to their specific conditions.

Our neurology and neurosurgery program ranks No. 31 among the nation's top 50 in U.S. News & World Report's 2018-19 Best Hospitals.

Neurological conditions

These disorders affect the brain, spinal cord and nerves throughout the body. We provide care for neurological conditions that include:

Alzheimer's disease
This progressive neurodegenerative disorder impairs memory and thinking, and causes changes in personality and behavior. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, affecting about 5.3 million Americans.

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that occurs when intense electrical activity in the brain triggers recurrent, unpredictable seizures. A common neurological disorder, epilepsy affects nearly 3 million Americans of all races, genders and ages.

A migraine causes not only headache pain, but also symptoms including auras, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. A range of treatment options – including the newly FDA-approved Aimovig injection therapy – can help manage this neurological condition, including lifestyle changes and medications.

Multiple sclerosis 
This chronic central nervous system disorder replaces the fatty tissue protecting nerve fibers with scar tissue. Its effects range from minor to debilitating.

Sleep disorders

Conditions such as breathing disorders or cancer can affect sleep patterns. Specialists at our Sleep Disorder Center can help determine the type and cause of sleep disorders.

Strokes are the No. 1 cause of long-term disability and one of the leading causes of death in the United States. They can be preventable and treatable if your doctors act quickly.

Movement disorders

Movement disorders are neurological disorders and conditions caused by injury, autoimmune disease or infection. Movement disorders include:

Dystonia affects how the body moves. It causes muscles to contract and move involuntarily or get stuck in an abnormal position. Dystonia may affect one muscle or groups of muscles throughout the body. 

Essential tremor
This is the most common type of tremor. It causes rhythmic shaking in the body that is often confused with Parkinson’s disease. Essential tremor usually develops in people over age 65.

Huntington’s disease 
This genetic disorder usually develops in people age 40 and older. Huntington’s, which is debilitating and incurable, causes the breakdown of brain cells. 

Parkinson’s disease
This progressive condition results from loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. The University of Kansas Health System is a designated National Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence.

Neuromuscular disorders

Neuromuscular conditions cause deterioration of voluntary muscles, such as those in your arms and legs. This leads to weakness and movement problems. Neuromuscular disorders include:

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) 
Also known as Lou Gherig’s disease, ALS is an incurable neurological disorder. It causes progressive nerve cell damage in the spinal cord and brain. It does not affect mental functions or the senses, such as sight and hearing.

Muscular dystrophy 
This genetic disorder breaks down muscles and replaces them with fatty deposits. Associated health problems include heart disorders, scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and obesity.

Myasthenia gravis 
This complex autoimmune disorder causes antibodies to destroy neuromuscular connections of the voluntary muscles, such as eyes, mouth and limbs. 

Peripheral neuropathy
This condition occurs when the communication system between the brain and spinal cord with the rest of the body is damaged and can result in relatively minor symptoms to extremely disruptive behaviors depending on what part of the body is affected.