Neurological disorders are incredibly difficult on both the person living with them and their loved ones. These types of conditions come in all different shapes and sizes and can affect people of all ages and health. From Alzheimer’s to Bell’s Palsy and epilepsy, there are almost too many neurological disorders to count these days. In order to have a better understanding of what a person living with a neurological disorder may be going through and what their treatment options are, it is of the utmost importance that we take the time to educate ourselves on what, exactly, neurological disorders are. A couple of weeks ago we looked at some of the most surprising facts about neurological conditions, and today we are going to build off of that. In order to more fully grasp how any given neurological condition can impact an individual’s life, it is important to have a better understanding of the most common disorders that affect the brain.
There are hundreds – if not more – neurological conditions that we know about today. These disorders range in severity and the symptoms are often different from person to person. As we get older, it is not uncommon to become forgetful and find ourselves faced with conditions that affect the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves). However, some of these conditions are more rare and serious than others. Keep in mind that, while some neurological disorders can cause more severe side effects than others, any condition that impacts your neurological system is bound to be problematic. Thankfully, there is a host of treatment options that can help those living with a neurological condition improve their overall quality of life and comfort level. One of the most common – and effective – types of therapy for neurological conditions is the Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) model, which is designed to re-educate the body to perform normal movement patterns.
With that in mind, here is a look at a few of the most common neurological disorders:
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia – These conditions are some of the most common and affect the individual’s memory and ability to think. Alzheimer’s is most commonly associated with the aging process and there unfortunately is no cure. However, certain types of treatment are able to improve an individual’s quality of life.
- Epilepsy – This is a type of neurological disorder that is characterized by abnormal electrical activity of the brain, which in turn results in seizures. It should be noted that there are many different types of seizures that a person suffering from epilepsy can experience.
- Multiple Sclerosis – MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the insulating layer of many nerve cells in the body. When this layer is destroyed, the nerves are then impaired, which leads to disease.
- Stroke – A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is diminished in some capacity. The blood works to carry oxygen and nutrients to the brain, so when the brain does not receive this supply due to a blood clot or some other obstacle, it can result in brain damage.
- Parkinson’s Disease – This neurological condition is a motor system disorder that is characterized by a loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. A person with Parkinson’s may experience tremors in the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face, which could also result in impaired balance and coordination.
These are just a few of the most common types of neurological disorders that we see today. To learn more about neurological conditions and how Classic Rehab’s treatment program may be able to help, please contact us today. We have convenient locations in Arlington, Bedford, and Grand Prairie and are prepared to help you find the right therapy for your specific needs.