Why choose Mayo Clinic

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Relief for pain caused by Chiari type I malformation

When Sean Murphy's chronic headaches set in, they first bothered him after physical exertion, then after a stressful day at work. Within months, the headaches were constant, always localized in the back of his head. The pain became debilitating. Murphy consulted his family doctor and was referred to a neurologist. His hometown physicians were stumped. [...]

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors have expertise and experience in treating Chiari malformation and other conditions. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors treat more than 80 people with Chiari malformation.
  • Team approach. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in brain and nervous system conditions (neurologists), brain and nervous system surgery (neurosurgeons), brain and nervous system conditions in children (pediatric neurologists and pediatric neurosurgeons), and other doctors work together to diagnose Chiari malformation and determine the most appropriate treatment for you.
  • Efficient system. In Mayo Clinic's efficient system, doctors usually can diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan within days, not weeks.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic doctors conduct research in Chiari malformation and other neurological conditions and conduct clinical trials.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks #1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked high performing for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Mayo Clinic: Answers you can trust

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

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