Posts Categorized: Neurology

Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery for Movement Disorders

Several movement disorders can have an effect on your basic quality of life, and if symptoms become extreme, one area of treatment some patients look to is deep brain stimulation surgery (DBS). Deep brain stimulation is a variation of an old surgery that’s been used since the 1960s. DBS surgery is more effective than these... Read more »

Should You Get an Occipital Nerve Block?

Occipital neuralgia is a condition with which sufferers experience a chronic ache at the base of the skull resulting in shooting pain on the scalp, and it’s just one of several chronic pain conditions related to headaches. Estimates indicate that up to 5 percent of the population worldwide suffers from some kind of chronic headache,... Read more »

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health issue in the United States. These injuries, generally caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating injury, contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability—TBIs contribute to about 30 percent of all injury deaths. A concussion... Read more »

How EEGs are Used to Diagnose Neurological Disorders

Your brain cells communicate via electrical impulses, even while you sleep. Interruptions to these impulses can cause several problems in the brain. In order to diagnose the condition caused by these interruptions, your doctor will perform a test that detects electrical activity in the brain. This test is called an electroencephalogram, or an EEG. How... Read more »

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis

The brain and spinal cord make up the body’s central nervous system, a vital complex of nerve tissues that controls various activities in the body. When the immune system attacks the protective layers of nerve fibers in the central nervous system, this is a disease called multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) can lead to the... Read more »

Concussions: Signs, Complications and Risk Factors

The brain is a complex organ with many functions, and if it undergoes extreme trauma, those functions can be temporarily or permanently damaged. One example of trauma a brain might experience is a concussion. Signs and Symptoms Concussion symptoms may not show up right away, and in some case they may not show up at... Read more »

Polio: A Disorder of the Nervous System

Poliomyelitis, known as polio, is a dangerous, contagious viral illness that can lead to paralysis, trouble breathing and even death if it reaches its most severe form. Polio has been mostly eliminated from large areas of the world for decades. The last known case of naturally occurring polio in the United States took place in... Read more »

Nervous System Disorders: Meningitis

Meningitis is a condition characterized by inflammation in the membranes around the brain and spinal cord. These membranes, called meninges, can be infected through viral, bacterial or fungal sources, and can lead to serious symptoms and complications. Some cases improve without treatment, but others are life-threatening and require immediate attention. Types of Meningitis   Each... Read more »

What is a Stroke?

Like other areas of the body, the brain needs oxygen to survive and carry out its many important functions. Blood brings oxygen to the brain and other organs, and when this flow to the brain is interrupted or reduced, it’s called a stroke. Strokes are a serious event that can be life-threatening, and they require... Read more »

Understanding Narcolepsy: Causes & Treatment

Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that causes sudden, overwhelming attacks of daytime drowsiness or sleep. It can also make staying awake for a significant period of time very difficult. There is no cure for narcolepsy, and it can be accompanied by a condition called cataplexy—a sudden loss of muscle tone that leads to loss... Read more »