Neurological Care: What It Is, How It Works, Why You Should Know
Neurological Care: Long List of Neurological Disorders
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, have identified over 600 disorders of the nervous system. In response, an entire class of medical specialists, known as neurologists, work to diagnose and treat such nervous system deficits.
For some neurological issues, the outlook can be positive with treatment and adequate rehabilitation. But for others, the prognosis can be grim. Sometimes, all it takes is an adjustment to the patient’s lifestyle to better accommodate their disability.
Skilled neurological rehabilitation can restore a partial recovery of function and in some cases, even a full recovery.
Therapies for neurological disorders may often consist of:
- Lifestyle changes to either prevent or minimize the impact of such conditions
- Physiotherapy to manage the symptoms and restore some function
- Pain management, as many impairments can be associated with considerable discomfort
- Medication to either restore function or prevent a worsening of the patient’s condition
Neurological Care: Cognitive Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is essentially talk therapy. CBT refocuses a patient’s thoughts and behavior. While this therapy does not work for Parkinson’s disease or epilepsy, it has shown success in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety and other mood disorders. One immediate benefit is that CBT has no side effects as drugs have. Therefore, it will frequently be among the first choices for patients, given its noninvasive nature.
According to the New Jersey-based Center for Neurological and Neuro-developmental Health (CNNH), CBT is given in session format, where the patient talks to the therapist in free format. Alternatively, the therapist will ask a set of direct questions.
Neurological Care: Medications
Medications such as the neuroleptics, haloperidol and chlorpromazine, are prescribed for organic disorders of the brain such as schizophrenia. Analgesics, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and opiates treat the painful effects of many other neurological ailments.
Neurological Care: Skilled Nursing
A skilled nursing facility helps the patient recover as the environment stays constant and is controlled by experienced therapists. A multidisciplinary approach can be more effective in treating a wide range of neurological disorders.
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