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Dealing with Spinal Cord Tumors

By admin
March 15, 2017
Spinal cord tumors

A person never wants to hear that he or she has a tumor. But a “spinal cord tumor” can cause extra anxiety. The team at Texas Neurosurgery has extensive experience dealing with these types of tumors, creating successful outcomes. What is a spinal cord tumor? The name spinal cord tumor is a bit of a...  read more


Surgery to Correct Chiari Malformation

By greg siele
February 15, 2017
brain tumor

Chiari malformation is a structural abnormality in the brain where the cerebellum is located in a lower position than is normal. In these cases, the cerebellum is situated below the opening to the spinal cord. When the cerebellum occupies this lower position, more pressure is exerted on the cerebellum and the brain stem. This affects...  read more


Addressing Brain Tumors

By editor
January 15, 2017
brain tumor

The severity of a tumor located within the brain doesn’t need any explanation — it is life threatening. When a tumor is found and can be removed, we perform what is called a craniotomy. A craniotomy is surgery where we remove a portion of the skull to gain access to the brain. Surgery is usually...  read more


Hemifacial Spasm

By admin
December 15, 2016
Hemifacial Spasm

Although it is not a common condition by any means, we sometimes see patients suffering from hemifacial spasm. Hemifacial spasm is a rare neuromuscular disease characterized by irregular, involuntary muscle contractions (spasms) on one side of the face. These spasms are triggered by the facial nerve, which originates in the brainstem and exits the skull...  read more


Relieving the Pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia

By admin
November 15, 2016
sleep

The trigeminal nerve is the nerve that supplies sensation to your face. In a condition called trigeminal neuralgia that nerve starts sending out signals of severe pain, rather than what is actually happening on your face. This is a chronic pain condition that affects the 5th cranial nerve, which is one of the most widely...  read more


You Don’t Have to Live with Essential Tremor

By editor
October 15, 2016
essential tremor

Some people think that shaking is a part of growing older. Or they think that if they develop a shake it’s the onset of Parkinson’s disease. Actually, it could be essential tremor, a nerve disorder characterized by uncontrollable shaking, or “tremors,” in different parts of the body. While essential tremor is not life threatening, it...  read more


Diagnosing, Treating, and Managing Parkinson’s

By editor
September 15, 2016
Parkinson’s

You’ve heard the horror stories associated with Parkinson’s disease, where patients have lost one physical thing they do after another until they’re left with the option of basically watching TV at home. At Texas Neurosurgery, we think there is a better solution. Although there is no cure currently available for Parkinson’s disease, we offer a...  read more


Combating Hemifacial Spasms

By editor
August 15, 2016
Lumber Fracture  Spinal Fracture Treatment | Hemifacial Spasm Treatment Dallas TX | Addison TXA spinal fracture is a break in the bones of the spine, collectively known as vertebrae, which protect the spinal cord. While a spinal fracture can occur in anyone, it most commonly affects males between the ages of 18 and 25. A spinal fracture may occur as a result of sports-related injuries, falls, car accidents, or certain diseases. Symptoms of a spinal fracture may include loss of bladder or bowel control, paralysis, numbness, tingling, muscle spasms, back pain, or neck pain. To diagnose a spinal fracture, your doctor will perform a physical examination and review your medical history. Diagnosis  To obtain a detailed view of your vertebrae, imaging tests are typically done; these tests may include x-ray, MRI, or CT scan. Treatment for a spinal fracture varies based on severity. Mild spinal fractures can often be treated with bracing and orthotics, while surgery may be necessary for more severe cases. Your doctor will develop a customized treatment plan based on your individual condition. Trigeminal Neuralgia  Trigeminal neuralgia, also known as tic douloureux, is a neurological disorder affecting the trigeminal nerve, the nerve that carries sensory information from the face to the brain. This chronic condition causes severe, shooting pain in the face, sometimes as fleeting, momentary twinges, other times as frequent bouts of excruciating pain. Because the trigeminal nerve is responsible for sensation all around the face, including the eyes, mouth and sinus cavities, trigeminal neuralgia can result in pain on one side of the jaw, cheek or mouth, or, less frequently, near the forehead or one of the eyes.  The pain usually comes on suddenly and, although it lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes, may be physically and mentally incapacitating. When the pain occurs along the cheek or jaw, it is sometimes mistaken for a severe toothache.  Episodes may be triggered by activities that cause a vibration in the cheek, such as shaving, brushing the teeth, applying makeup, eating, drinking or talking, or even encountering a slight breeze. As the condition progresses, the episodes of pain may become longer and more frequent.  Causes of Trigeminal Neuralgia  An exact cause of trigeminal neuralgia has not been established, although in many cases it is brought on by contact between a blood vessel and the trigeminal nerve. It may be the result of an artery or vein compressing the trigeminal nerve as it exits the brain. The condition occurs most often in people age 50 and older and affects more women than men.  It may be the result of aging or related to neurological conditions that damage the myelin sheath, such as multiple sclerosis. More rarely, trigeminal neuralgia may be caused by a tumor on the trigeminal nerve. In some cases, trigeminal neuralgia is idiopathic, meaning it has no discernible cause. Hemifacial Spasm Hemifacial spasm

Involuntary muscle spasms are unwanted anywhere on our bodies. But while irritating involuntary muscle spasms such as jittery legs are nothing more than an annoyance, other conditions such as hemifacial spasms can start as an annoyance and become more serious, even to the extent of closing off the vision in one eye. What are hemifacial...  read more


This Bulge is Serious — Aneurysms

By editor
July 15, 2016
Aneurysms

An aneurysm is an excessive localized enlargement of an artery caused by a weakness in the arterial wall. Most aneurisms go undetected and don’t cause any problems, but they need to be taken seriously. At Texas Neurosurgery, we treat and also try to prevent aneurysms in our patients. What is an aneurysm? When the wall...  read more


The Danger of a Broken Neck

By editor
June 15, 2016
cervical fracture

Seven bones make up the cervical vertebrae, commonly known as your neck. Of course, the function of the neck is to support the head and connect it to the shoulders and the torso. Break one of those seven bones and you’ve broken your neck. These injuries are the result of what it is called “high-energy...  read more


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