What are Nervous System Disorders?
The sophisticated nervous system coordinates and regulates various activities. It includes two components: the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system, (the other neural elements in the body.) The nervous system is responsible for orchestrating much of the body’s proper function. A nervous system disorder is any interference in the complex functioning of this elaborate system. It includes, but is not limited to, infections such as meningitis or an epidural abscess, degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or multiple sclerosis, and vascular, structural, or functional disorders, such as stroke, brain or spinal cord injuries, peripheral neuropathy, Guillain-Barre syndrome, or epilepsy.
Diagnosis of a nervous system disorder often takes time. Our doctors work with patients to eliminate various problems and make a specific diagnosis. This usually involves numerous tests and an evaluation of symptoms. Potential symptoms of a nervous system disorder might include persistent or sudden onset of headaches, loss of feeling or tingling sensations in a specific region of the body, loss of vision or double vision, weakness or loss of muscle strength, memory loss or impaired mental ability, muscle rigidity, lack of coordination, tremors or seizures, slurred speech, or back pain that radiates to other parts of the body.
Our Approach to Treatment
Once the underlying cause of a nervous system disorder is determined, the goal of treatment is to address the cause and restore function. It is also important to institute preventative measures when possible to reduce a patient’s risk for future problems. Treatment depends on the specific condition, of course, but we take a multi-disciplinary approach. This may include medications, if indicated, as well as supplements, nutritional support, spinal manipulation, acupuncture, physical therapy and lifestyle changes, all which may improve proper nerve function.