How Can I Tell if I am Having a Stroke?

Am I having a stroke? That is common question that many people ask themselves when they experience severe chest pain. The answer is possibly. A stroke, also known as a “brain attack,” occurs when blood stops flowing to your brain. When the blood flow to your brain is “cut off” for more than a few… Continue Reading

How to Recognize a Head Injury

So, you hit your head, but can’t decide if you should seek medical treatment for your injury…Should you call your physician immediately, go to an emergency room, or dismiss it because it wasn’t that bad of hit, in your opinion? Well, if you hit your head, or experience some type of head injury (i.e. anything… Continue Reading

How is Hydrocephalus Treated?

What is hydrocephalus? Well, hydrocephalus is the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles (cavities) inside of your brain. The excess fluid not only enlarges these ventricles, it also places considerable pressure on your brain. In a healthy body, cerebrospinal fluid travels through your brain’s ventricles, and cleans your spinal column and brain. However, if… Continue Reading

I Think I Broke My Back

I Think I Broke My Back

Most of us, at some time in our life, have fallen down landing hard resulting in a sudden severe pain in the middle or lower back. This pain may be minor and only last a few days, or it may persist and gradually worsen. The outcome of a fall may include straining ligaments, slipping a… Continue Reading

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Every year a significant number of patients see a physician complaining of hand numbness, tingling and pain. Many of these patients are assumed to have nerve compression in the neck area and come to the doctor’s office with an MRI of the cervical spine. Some may even have had surgery performed in the neck area… Continue Reading

What is Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty?

What is Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty?

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures, which are fractures involving the vertebral bodies that make up the spinal column. When a vertebral body fractures, the usual rectangular shape of the bone becomes compressed, causing pain. These compression fractures may involve the collapse of one or more vertebrae… Continue Reading

What is Neurosurgery?

What is Neurosurgery?

Neurosurgery is more than just brain surgery. Neurosurgery is a highly specialized branch of the medical field that deals with the surgical treatment of problems of the nervous system. The physicians who practice in this field are known as neurosurgeons, and are medical doctors who undergo years of rigorous training. Typically, more than 15 years… Continue Reading

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