Neurological conditions are disorders that affect any part of your nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and nerves extending throughout your body. Hundreds of disorders can affect the nervous system.
Neurological conditions include:
Dignity Health has treated these conditions with skill and expertise for more than 50 years. If you are experiencing any symptoms of a neurological condition in Arizona, Find a Doctor in your area or visit Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. Our hospitals are also Primary Stroke Care Centers to provide you with personalized stroke treatment.
Symptoms of Neurological Conditions
Neurological conditions cause a wide range of symptoms throughout the body, causing damage to:
- A single nerve, such as one of the large sciatic nerves in the buttocks
- Many nerves, as in multiple sclerosis
- Brain tissue, as with stroke or cerebral palsy
Signs of neurological conditions may include pain and burning sensations, problems with motor skills (movement), thinking and learning deficits, memory problems, and even swallowing or breathing difficulties. Some neurological disorders affect your sense of taste, sight, and smell.
What Causes Neurological Conditions?
Neurological conditions can be caused by many things, from problems with your genes (genetic disorders or gene mutations) to head trauma. The major causes include:
- Blood vessel disorders and vascular disease
- Cancer and benign tumors
- Developmental abnormalities with the nervous system prior to birth
- Nerve damage and diseases
- Traumatic injury to the brain or spinal cord
In many cases, the cause of a neurological condition is not known, or is poorly understood. Seizure disorders, for example, may arise in otherwise healthy people with no family or genetic history of the condition.
Treating Neurological Conditions With Expertise at Dignity Health
Neurologists diagnose and treat neurological conditions. However, such doctors may have different areas of expertise. Some are doctors that specialize in treating specific types of nervous system disorders. For example, a neuromuscular specialist treats diseases that affect communication between nerves and muscles, while a neuro-oncologist treats cancers that affect the nervous system.
Treatment and prevention of neurological conditions varies greatly, depending on the problem and its severity. Types of treatment may include medication, surgery, acute rehabilitation, neurocritical care, and neuropsychology services. Your doctor will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your goals.
Make an appointment with Barrow Neurological Institute or at one of our hospitals across the state.
Dignity Health offers advanced treatment and care for neurological conditions in Arizona.