Dr. Pappas’ treatment of a wide range of neurological problems spans two decades in the Brunswick area. His expert care provides solutions for seizure disorders, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, Alzheimer’s disease, Bell’s palsy, trigeminal neuralgia and more. Call us today for more information about the neurological conditions Dr. Pappas treats.
Following is information about just some of the conditions we can treat.
Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the brain characterized by shaking (tremor) and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination. The disease is associated with damage to a part of the brain that is involved with movement.
Only your physician can assess and recommend treatment for this condition. While there is no known cure for Parkinson’s, Dr. Pappas can tailor a treatment program to the individual patient to control the symptoms.
Neck and Back Pain
Your spinal cord runs from the neck down through the lumbar spine, conducting messages from nerves throughout the body to the brain. There are many causes of neck and back pain, including trauma or injury and tumors.The spinal column is divided into segments: the cervical spine (neck), the thoracic spine (the mid back) and the lumbar spine (low back). The vertebra of the spinal column are separated by disks that consist of a gelatinous substance designed to provide cushioning to the spinal column. These disks may move out of their place or “rupture”.
Nerve roots (large nerves that branch out from the spinal cord) may become compressed, resulting in neurological symptom, such as sensory or motor changes. Disk herniations or strain/sprain to the spine result in pain that can range from mild to debilitating. Dr. Pappas may order an MRI scan of the portion of the back that is affected. EMG/NCS may also be ordered to assess for nerve damage. Dr. Pappas may design a treatment program consisting of medications, physical therapy, and possibly injections to help relieve these conditions.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, or the central nervous system. MS is a progressive disease believed to result from damage to the protective material that surrounds nerve cells. Inflammation destroys the protective sheath and leaves multiple areas of scar tissue. The inflammation causes nerve impulses to slow down or become blocked, and this causes the symptoms of MS. There can be repeated episodes of inflammation along any area of the brain and spinal cord. Episodes can last days, weeks, or months and will alternate with times of reduced or no symptoms. There is no known cure for MS at this point; however, Dr. Pappas can prescribe a variety of medications with the goal of slowing down the symptoms and maintaining a good quality of life.
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