What are neurological disorders?
Neurological disorders refer to disorders within the nervous system which is comprised of the brain, nerves, and spinal cord. These disorders can wreak havoc on the body, causing pain and involuntary movements throughout.
Neurological disorders include Alzheimer's disease, brain aneurysms, tumors, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, epilepsy, and hundred’s of other syndromes. They can affect anyone at any time.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of neurological disorders vary significantly depending on the specific disorder. They may include:
- Changes in behavior
- Changes in coordination
- Muscle weakness/numbness
- Unexplained loss of ability to perform simple functions
How are they diagnosed?
Diagnosis begins with a physical exam from your doctor where he will discuss your medical history and family medical history. After the physical exam, he may order further testing. Tests can include blood work, imaging tests such as a brain scan, or genetic testing.
How are they treated?
Very often, neurological disorders are treated with medication. Other treatment options include deep brain stimulation and surgery. The course of treatment varies depending on each patient’s individual circumstance. Your doctor will discuss the options, and, together, you can decide which course of treatment is best for you.