When it comes to treating neurological conditions, including stroke care, it’s important that you have access to the latest information. At Desert Regional Medical Center, our specialists are armed with up-to-date data about diseases and conditions that affect stroke and neurosurgery patients.
The information provided below includes common neurological conditions.
If you have specific questions about your neurological condition, please call (760) 416-4511 and you’ll be connected to one of our stroke and neurosurgery specialists.
Acute ischemic stroke
An acute ischemic stroke is the result of a blockage in a blood vessel that halts the flow of blood and deprives the surrounding brain tissue of oxygen. When this happens, the cells in the immediate area begin to die and release a toxic chemical; this can be very threatening to the surrounding brain tissues.
Subarachnoid hemorrhage is a brain bleed that occurs between the brain and the thin layer of tissue that surrounds the brain. Bleeding disorders and the use of blood thinners can lead to this type of hemorrhage.
An intercerebral hemorrhage is the result of a diseased blood vessel bursting within the brain, which causes blood to leak inside of the brain. The increase of pressure inside of the brain can cause damage to surrounding tissue.
Also referred to as a pinched nerve, cervical radiculopathy can cause numbness, pain and weakness. Pain can radiate to the chest and arms.
Brain tumors are an abnormal growth of cells in the brains. These masses can be benign or cancerous; treatment for a brain mass depends on whether or not the tumor is malignant.
This condition is a buildup of fluid in the brain. This pressure can be too much for the brain to handle, which can put a patient at risk for brain damage.
A seizure is the result of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. These can also be called convulsions; during an episode the body often shakes rapidly.
Spinal cord injury
A spinal cord injury is damage to any part of the spinal cord including the nerves at the end of the spine. Injuries to the spine often cause permanent changes in sensation and can limit functioning in other portions of the body.
A majority of spinal fractures occur in the mid and lower back. They are often the result of high-impact falls or automobile accidents.
When movements occur in the body that an individual does not want to happen, a movement disorder may exist. This disorder can include tremors and can be painful.
Parkinson's Disease is a condition that affects the central nervous system. Tremors can occur and gradually become worse overtime.
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease where the immune system attacks and eats away at the protecting coverings on the nerves. This disrupts the flow of information between the brain and body.