Archive for the ‘Neurological Disorders’ Category
Global healthcare organizations like the World Health Organization have underlined the seriousness of Neurological Disorders. These are among the hardest-to-treat and diagnose of all medical conditions and their prevalence extends across the entire world. All neurological disorders are essentially healthcare conditions caused by problems in the body’s nervous system. The human nervous system is rather complex presenting an array of structural configurations, many of which haven’t been fully decoded even in today’s age of progressive scientific research. However, it has been established that the nervous systems uses a number of electrical circuits and biochemical reactions to control various aspects of the human body. The nerves extending from the brain and those surrounding the spinal cord form the core of the human nervous system and the slightest of problems in these nerves can cause serious damage, resulting in the occurrence of symptoms that are defined as Neurological Disorders. The most manifestations of neurological symptoms include:
- Paralysis-can be partial or complete
- Muscle weakness-causing uncoordinated movements or inability to perform simple actions
- Poor cognitive abilities
- Loss of sensation-partial or complete
- Seizures-of various types, including those that are life-threatening
- Mental in coordination-causing confusion or reading, writing and learning difficulties
- Unexplained pain-where the cause of pain is referred to as ‘psychological’
- Compromised Consciousness-causing decreased alertness
Many types of neurological disorders have been established and are universally known while some are still under medical investigation. It is quite difficult to recognize the onset of neurological disorders and this explains why most patients are able to seek treatment only when the condition has progressed into a serious healthcare problem. The common path to diagnosing neurological disorders is conducting a series of neurological examinations. Today, various specialties of Neurology are dedicated to the treatment of patients suffering from neurological disorders. Thus, specialized units such as Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology have been established in healthcare settings.
Please note that there are very few medications that can provide absolute relief form symptoms induced by neurological problems. The most difficult part of treating neurological disorders is ensuring proper dosing so as not to upset the vital balance among the various chambers of the brain that produce different neurotransmitters. Again, different neurological medications react differently in the blood-brain barrier.
Many times, neurological disorders are dubbed as mental disorders or retardation but these are all actually symptoms of a problem in the functioning of the nervous system. Even today, a clear demarcation for defining every kind of neurological problems has not been established. Most of the medications in this niche, whether mainstream or alternative care meds, provide a gradual but restricted relief from symptoms. Most neurological disorder patients need extended support in terms of family help, counseling and regular visits to their consulting neurologist to ensure that they are treated in a more comprehensive manner.
An integral part of such treatment plans is Preventative Intervention. This includes lifestyle changes and undertaking physiotherapy classes or group counseling sessions. Many clinical facilities have established specialized units for such patients that are referred to as Neuro-rehabilitation centers. Such specialties are better equipped to treat symptoms like extreme pain or digestive problems that have a neurological origin. Among the more serious cases, the help of a neurosurgeon might be required, i.e. when surgical intervention is the