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Neurological Disorders, Treatment and Pain Management

It may sound astonishing, but it’s a well-documented reality: over 6.3 million fractures happen every year in the United States, with a staggering 40% occurring in the supposed safety of one’s home. Furthermore, research shows that between 85-90% of individuals over 75 grapple with osteoarthritis, significantly affecting their daily lives. Recognizing the critical impact of these conditions, orthopedics has emerged and gained prominence as a vital medical specialty aimed at addressing these challenges head-on.

At Florida OrthoCare, our neurosurgeons are here to help.  Our neurosurgeons can help if you are suffering from a neurological disorder. We treat abnormalities in the structural, electrical or chemical functioning of the nervous system (spinal cord, brain, and nerves). There is an almost infinite list of causative agents for neurological conditions. The most common causative agents primarily include infections, immune system responses, and injuries from sports or accidents.

Dealing with Chronic Pain

A common thread among numerous neurological conditions is the debilitating presence of chronic pain. For many South Florida residents, this persistent discomfort poses a formidable obstacle to maintaining independence and a pain-free lifestyle. Without intervention from a skilled neurosurgeon, managing chronic pain can severely impede daily activities and hinder overall quality of life.

Neurological Conditions Associated with Chronic Pain

Among these neurological conditions, some of the most common associated with chronic pain include:

  • Brain Tumors
  • Hemorrhages and Injuries
  • Neck and Back Pains and Injuries
  • Spinal Compression Fractures
  • Stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Bulging Discs
  • Herniated Discs

Although neurological conditions generally produce a large range of symptoms, neurological disorders that produce chronic pain can be grouped based on their location in relation to the spine. These neurological conditions are segmented into four groups. The four groups are the spine-general, spine-cervical, spine-lumbar, and the spine-thoracic regions.

To effectively manage the pain and abnormalities associated with neurological conditions, neurosurgery and pain management has sufficiently advanced to tackle these unique conditions.

The key procedures employed by neurosurgeons and pain management doctors to treat the neurological conditions are summarized as patient assessment, therapeutic interventions, and medical follow-up.

Treatment Options at Florida OrthoCare – What to Expect

Neurosurgery Patient Assessment:

Based on the portion of the nervous system affected by the neurological condition, a neurological examination of the patient is usually performed with: structured interviews or questionnaires, neurological examination (scanning the spine, brain or affected region of the nervous). The neurological examination procedure is improved by advanced neuroimaging technologies, but cannot suffice independently for assessment.

Therapeutic Interventions:

From the result of the patient assessment, neurosurgeons and pain management doctors can decide on the appropriate therapeutic interventions to employ. These interventions generally include lifestyle changes, physiotherapy, chemotherapy or medication, neuro-rehabilitation, neurosurgery. These intervention techniques are tailored to eliminate the pain and abnormalities in the specific portion of the nervous system affected.

Neuro-rehabilitation and Neurosurgery

Neuro-rehabilitation and neurosurgery are employed in the case of high severity and involves employing diverse medical procedures to correct the functioning of the nervous system and remove, repair or replace damaged tissues respectively.

In spine-general conditions, the intervention techniques are targeted at the spinal cord and the brain and might involve neurosurgery, or radiotherapy or chemotherapy for neurorehabilitation. Spine-cervical procedures treat pain and abnormalities in the neck region of the spinal cord.

Spine-lumbar procedures target neurological abnormalities in the lower back region of the spinal cord, where the spine arches towards the abdomen and spine-thoracic procedures cover the upper back region of the spinal cord.

Follow-Up Appointment:

For effectiveness, these procedures are supported with an extensive follow-up procedure to monitor and enforce the re-attainment of the optimal neurological functioning.

It is important to remember that it is more profitable to prevent the development of neurological conditions, by all means, it is also important to realize that they involve a complex network of causative factors.

The neurosurgeons and pain management doctors at Florida OrthoCare are eager to help you minimize your pain and maximize daily living.  Call one of our South Florida Orthopedic locations today so that we can help you overcome and manage neurological conditions and the associated chronic pain.

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