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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
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
A herniated disk occurs when one of the cushions between the bones in your spine slips out of place, sometimes causing pain in your arm or leg. In most cases, you will be able to relieve the pain using medications and physical therapy.
“Depending on your level... Read more
If you suffer from frequent migraines, keeping a headache diary could help you and your doctor determine the best course of treatment. The diary will help you keep track of the intensity of your headaches and other symptoms that need to be addressed.
Andrew Godbey, MD, MSPH
"We... Read more
A pinched – or compressed – nerve occurs when the nerve is pressed between ligaments, tendons or bones. The most common symptom is pain – in the lower back, neck, elbow, hands, wrists or fingers. Additional signs of a pinched nerve include pain that radiates out... Read more
Patients who have bulging or damaged discs in their necks have a new option for treatment at Saint Francis Medical Center: the Mobi-C® Cervical Disc. Doctors can now use this artificial disc to treat an even larger range of neck problems.
The bones that form the spine... Read more
Women are nearly twice as likely as men to develop Alzheimer's disease, according to a new report published by the Alzheimer's Association. While a 65-year-old man has a one in 11 chance of developing the disease as he ages, a 65-year-old woman has a one in... Read more
About one in 100 people in the United States will have a seizure once in their lifetime. If you have had two or more seizures without any apparent cause, talk to your doctor about treatment for epilepsy.
"When you have a seizure, you may involuntarily jerk a... Read more
Years ago, patients who needed surgery for a herniated disk in their back faced a long recovery period. Now, there are several minimally invasive options for spinal surgery that result in less pain and a faster recovery.
The bones that form the spine are cushioned by round,... Read more
As you age, it may take you a little longer to remember a person's name or follow a complex cooking recipe. But when this slower processing begins to interfere with your daily life, it is time to consider screening for dementia.
"Alzheimer's disease is the most common... Read more
A neurophysiology laboratory is a facility dedicated to assessing and diagnosing neurological conditions. One of the procedures performed in the lab is an electroencephalogram (EEG).
An EEG is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain. Special sensors (electrodes) are attached to the... Read more
To the untrained eye, Bell's palsy symptoms can resemble stroke symptoms. Both involve sudden weakness in the face and facial paralysis. However, while a stroke typically affects just the lower part of the face, Bell's palsy can cause the entire side of the face to droop.
Andrew... Read more
If you have already suffered a stroke, you are at a high risk of having another one. The best way to avoid this is to make lifestyle changes that decrease your risk of stroke – stop smoking, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, lose weight and... Read more