3 Modern Procedures to Treat Common Neurological Disorders

Around the world, nearly 1 billion people are suffering from neurological disorders. For those keeping count, that’s roughly an eighth of the world’s population. This staggering statistic almost doesn’t even sound real. Neurological disorders and neurological symptoms encompass a wide range of conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, often leading to debilitating symptoms and challenges for patients and their families. Sadly, 6.8 million of these people die every year as a result of their disorders.

The challenge lies in uncovering the actual neurological condition with almost 1,000 varying types of disorders. In the United States, the three neurological disorders that are the most challenging in terms of the total number of disability-adjusted life years are stroke, Alzheimer's disease, and migraine. 

Read on to learn more about the types of neurological disorders and conditions, such as neuropathic pain, peripheral neuropathy, cognitive disorders, headaches, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, radiculopathy, epilepsy, seizures, and some of the most effective ways to treat them.

Common Types of Neurological Conditions

Neurological conditions encompass a broad spectrum of disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, leading to a range of symptoms and challenges. Here are some common types of neurological conditions that can impact individuals' daily lives and overall well-being.

Neuropathic Pain and Peripheral Neuropathy: These conditions involve damage or dysfunction of nerves, leading to chronic pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness, often in the hands and feet.

Cognitive Disorders: Cognitive disorders affect a person's ability to think, reason, and remember. They can include conditions like dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and others that impact cognitive function.

Headaches and Migraines: Headaches are common but can become chronic or severe, impacting daily life. Migraines are a specific type of headache characterized by intense throbbing pain, often accompanied by other symptoms like nausea and sensitivity to light.

Carpal Tunnel: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand due to compression of the median nerve in the wrist.

Alzheimer's Disease: Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. It is the most common cause of dementia among older adults.

Radiculopathy: Radiculopathy refers to a condition in which one or more spinal nerve roots are compressed or inflamed, leading to pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness along the nerve's pathway.

Epilepsy / Seizures: Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures, which are sudden, uncontrolled electrical disturbances in the brain that can cause changes in behavior, movements, or consciousness.

3 Modern Procedures for Neurological Conditions and Disorders in Los Angeles

Discovering effective procedures for neurological conditions is crucial for improving patients' quality of life. Here are some modern neurological procedures in Los Angeles that utilize advanced techniques and technologies to diagnose and manage various neurological symptoms.

1. EEG (Electroencephalogram) Testing

An electroencephalogram (EEG) measures the brain's electrical activity through small electrodes attached to the scalp. The test is used to diagnose sleep disorders, epilepsy, brain tumors, and other neurological conditions. Doctors analyze the EEG, evaluating factors like overall brain wave speed and form, as well as abnormalities such as rapid spiking waves indicating seizure activity or unusually slow waves associated with tumors or stroke. EEGs also monitor blood flow in the brain and overall electrical activity to evaluate the effects of brain damage, trauma, and drug abuse. 

EEG testing can be used for:

  • Seizures
  • Epilepsy
  • Cognitive Dysfunction

2. EMG/NCV Nerve Conduction Testing

Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) tests measure electrical activity in muscles and nerves, typically in the arms and legs. These tests identify conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, and radiculopathy. While an NCV test measures how fast electrical impulses move through the nerves, an EMG tracks electrical activity in the muscles. Doctors often pair these tests to better identify the location and extent of damage in the nerves and muscles.

EMG/NCV testing can be effective for:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neuropathy
  • Radiculopathy (pinched nerve)

3. BOTOX® Injections 

BOTOX is an effective tool for treating movement disorders related to muscle twitches and spasms. Its active ingredient, botulinum toxin, temporarily blocks the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine to reduce muscle contractions. Patients experiencing conditions associated with overactive muscles, such as cervical dystonia, can reduce spasticity and restore movement and function through properly administered BOTOX injections. In addition, botulinum toxin can block the release of chemicals that transmit pain signals, making it an effective treatment for chronic migraines.

BOTOX injections provide relief for:

  • Migraines
  • Cervical Dystonia
  • Blepharospasm
  • Hemifacial Spasms

Where to Find the Best Neurologist in Los Angeles

At LA Neurology, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of various neurological disorders, including: 

Neuropathic pain
Peripheral neuropathy
Cognitive disorders
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Alzheimer's disease
And more

Our procedures highlight our commitment to advancing treatment options for neurological conditions.

We are more than just a clinic for neurology – we are a dedicated team of 

professionals committed to providing exceptional neurological care. Board-certified in psychiatry and neurology, Dr. Danny Benmoshe and our team at Los Angeles Neurology are dedicated to staying at the forefront of neurological research and treatment. We are committed to providing our patients with the latest advancements in neurological care, including promising new medications and innovative treatment modalities. Our goal is to not only alleviate symptoms but also to improve overall neurological health and quality of life for our patients.

In addition to our medical expertise, we understand the importance of compassionate care and patient education. We strive to create a supportive and empathetic environment where patients feel heard, understood, and empowered to take an active role in their neurological health. We believe that informed patients make better decisions about their care and are more likely to achieve positive outcomes.

Whether you are seeking treatment for a specific neurological condition or looking for comprehensive neurological care, we are here to help. 

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