Is Pool Physical Therapy Right For Me Orange County Neurosurgical Institute - Is Pool Physical Therapy Right For Me?

Is Pool Physical Therapy Right For Me?

January 18, 2017 admin
The pain associated with some levels of chronic discomfort or nerve-related pain can make it difficult to participate in physical therapy. A comfortable and productive solution for many patients whose recuperation, conditioning, or rehabilitation is impeded by pain is water-based therapy, or pool physical therapy. The recommended form of pool PT will depend on what a patient hopes to accomplish and the nature of the pain experienced. How It Works Water therapy sessions typically take place[...]
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The Use of Burr Hole Surgery Orange County Neurosurgical Institute - The Use of Burr Hole Surgery

The Use of Burr Hole Surgery

December 21, 2016 admin
Serving as an entry point into the skull as part of a surgical procedure performed by neurologist, a burr hole allows access to the affected area of the brain or skull. A burr hole is sometimes the only procedure needed to perform surgery. This type of hole may also be used to allow for the placement of drainage catheters, for exploratory purposes, or as the starting point for a more complex brain procedure. When Burr Hole Surgery Is Necessary A burr hole is needed when there's a problem w[...]
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Understanding Gamma Knife Procedures Orange County Neurosurgical - Understanding Gamma Knife Procedures

Understanding Gamma Knife Procedures

November 24, 2016 admin
A Gamma Knife procedure is an alternative to the traditional approach to brain surgery. It’s performed with beams of radiation that can be precisely targeted at a tumor or area that needs to be treated. Gamma Knife procedures, which can be used in a wide range of neurological procedures involving the brain, often have a minimal effect on healthy surrounding tissues, resulting in fewer complications and risks. How Does the Gamma Knife Work? The Gamma Knife delivers a single high dose of radia[...]
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When Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a Concern Orange County Neurosurgical Institute - When Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a Concern

When Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a Concern

October 20, 2016 admin
A gradual and noticeable change in the ability to use the fingers and hand could be an indication of the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. This disorder involves the compression of a nerve in the wrist and can interfere with the comfortable and effective use of one or both hands for some people. What Causes the Condition? Many people associate carpal tunnel syndrome with work-related repetitive stress. In actuality, the condition can develop for a variety of reasons. The existence of othe[...]
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Understanding a Craniotomy Orange County Neurosurgical Institute - Understanding a Craniotomy

Understanding a Craniotomy

September 15, 2016 admin
A craniotomy is a surgery that involves removing a small section of the skull in order to reach the brain. Neurosurgeons perform this procedure to repair traumatic brain injuries or to remove abnormal lesions. Many craniotomy surgeries are necessary on an emergency basis after a patient has had an accident. There are also craniotomy procedures that are designed to relieve the symptoms of chronic conditions such as epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease. A surgeon might use a craniotomy to reach the b[...]
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When to Take Action for Brain Vascular Lesions Orange County Neurosurgical Institute - When to Take Action for Brain Vascular Lesions

When to Take Action for Brain Vascular Lesions

August 19, 2016 admin
Brain vascular lesions affect about one percent of the population. Many people live full lives without ever being aware they have this condition, but it can also cause disability or sudden death. What Are Brain Vascular Lesions? Think of a vascular lesion like a little snarled area in your blood vessels. This snarl can be located anywhere in your brain and can vary in size. It causes a problem because it disrupts the flow of blood through your neurological tissue. A vascular lesion can caus[...]
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Understanding Chiari Malformations Orange County Neurosurgical Institute - Understanding Chiari Malformations

Understanding Chiari Malformations

March 14, 2016 admin
Chiari malformation is a structural defect involving the portion of the brain known as the cerebellum, which is responsible for balance and coordination. The condition occurs when part of the skill is too small or misshapen, which causes the brain to press down onto the spinal cord. It is estimated that one in 1,000 children are born with the defect. The number may even be higher since some individuals born with the condition never develop symptoms. Types of Chiari Malformations There are four[...]
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Learning About Strokes Orange County Neurosurgical Institute - Learning About Strokes

Learning About Strokes

February 12, 2016 admin
A stroke, also known as cerebrovascular disease, occurs when the blood flow to the brain is interrupted or significantly reduced, which deprives brain tissue of nutrients and oxygen. Brain cells begin to die within minutes of oxygen deprivation. An interruption is typically due to a burst blood vessel or a blood clot. A stroke can be life threatening, so getting immediate treatment is crucial. Early intervention may minimize brain damage and reduce the risk of possible complications. Cause of S[...]
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Learning More About Brain Tumors by Orange County Neurosurgical Institute - Learning More About Brain Tumors

Learning More About Brain Tumors

January 13, 2016 admin
Brain tumors occur when abnormal cells develop within the brain. Medicine has yet to identify the origin behind most brain tumors, but tumors are known to be more frequent in patients who suffer from inherited conditions like neurofibromatosis or who have been exposed to external conditions, like specific types of radiation or industrial chemicals. While suspecting a tumor or being diagnosed with one can be a frightening prospect, there are plenty of resources to help you better understand the c[...]
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An Overview of Alzheimers Disease by Orange County Neurosurgical Institute - An Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease

An Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease

December 18, 2015 admin
Alzheimer’s disease is an illness that affects the brain. It is the most common cause of dementia, a cluster of symptoms including short- and long-term memory loss, poor judgment, and a decline in a person’s ability to manage the tasks of everyday living. The Course of Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s disease progresses or gets worse over time. During the earliest stages, the affected person experiences short-term memory loss, problems finding the right word in conversation, losing [...]
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