What Neurological Treatments Can You Expect for Your Neurological Condition?
Once a patient has received the necessary neurological diagnostic tests, a qualified neurosurgeon will discuss the neurological treatments available to them that will be most effective. The most widely used options for treating common neurological conditions include:
- Injections: The injections a patient may receive as part of their neurological treatment program are delivered as an epidural into the fat-filled area that covers the spinal chord. This is the fastest way to effectively deliver the steroids that will reduce pain and swelling. This procedure is quick, straightforward and is usually done as an outpatient procedure so that the patient can go home soon after the injection.
- Physical Therapy: This treatment will be performed by a qualified therapist and involves passive and active treatments designed to give the patient maximum pain relief. Passive treatments include massage, hot and cold therapies, nerve stimulations and ultrasound. Active treatments involve learning and repeating exercises that will improve flexibility, strength and range of motion.
- Referral: During the course of a patient’s treatment, a doctor may refer you to a different specialty physician for further care.
- Surgery: While this is not a common neurological treatment option for many patients, it is vital for patients that are in severe or emergency situations. An experienced neurosurgeon will talk to the patient or their next of kin about their various options and explain the risks and possible outcomes of each of them.
For more information on different neurological treatments and neurological conditions, please contact Dr. Bruce Hamilton, a board certified neurosurgeon.