The peripheral nervous system (PNS) is the part of your body that allows you to breathe, digest food and move your arms and legs. It is the communicator that connects the central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord) to your limbs and organs.
“When your PNS... Read more
Amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurological disease that affects as many as 30,000 people in the United States. Commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS causes nerves in the brain and spinal cord to slowly die, making it difficult to walk, eat, swallow and even... Read more
About 2.5 million people in America suffer from epilepsy, a debilitating condition characterized by frequent seizures. After experiencing seizures, it is important that you connect with a neurologist who can diagnose the type of epilepsy you have and treat it with the right type of medication.
Different... Read more
Treatment for brain tumors is based on the tumor size, location and likelihood of spreading or recurring. There are four grades of tumors – I, II, III and IV.
Tumors that are classified as grades I or II grow slowly and are generally benign. While these tumors... Read more
When you see your primary care physician for your annual checkup, ask about undergoing a stroke screening.
People who are most at risk for stroke are those who have close family members who suffered a stroke before the age of 50. Those older than 60 who have... Read more
While it is important to identify multiple sclerosis (MS) in its early stages, some people mistakenly think they have MS when something else is wrong.
“Some patients have tingling or numbness in their hand, fatigue, chronic pain and trouble sleeping and believe they have MS,” says Andrew... Read more
If you are receiving treatment at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Concussion Clinic, you may undergo ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). During this computerized test, patients rate the frequency of certain symptoms and perform mental tasks, such as remembering words or designs.
“Researchers initially developed this... Read more
Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a form of dementia that affects an estimated 1.4 million Americans and their families. It is sometimes mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease because it causes similar symptoms.
While every person is different, the main symptoms of LBD are:
Progressive dementia (problems... Read more
When you suffer from a stroke, parts of your brain become damaged due to lack of oxygen. In many cases, you can relearn skills you lost after your stroke.
“At Saint Francis Medical Center, stroke patients undergo intensive inpatient rehabilitation,” says Andrew Godbey, MD, MSPH, neurologist at... Read more
A concussion is a brain injury that occurs as the result of trauma such as a sports injury, car accident or fall. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible so you can lessen the long-term effects.
“Concussions can affect people in different ways,” says... Read more