Why choose Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff


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Patient stories

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 No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Aug. 21, 2013