Disorders & Treatments

Brain Tumors/Skull Base Tumors

A brain tumor, known as an intracranial tumor, is an abnormal mass of tissue in which cells grow and multiply uncontrollably, seemingly unchecked by the mechanisms that control normal cells. More than 150 different brain tumors have been documented, but the two main groups of brain tumors are termed primary and metastatic. Read More »

Spinal Cord Tumors

A spinal tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue within or surrounding the spinal cord and/or spinal column. These cells grow and multiply uncontrollably, seemingly unchecked by the mechanisms that control normal cells. Spinal tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Read More »

Chiari Malformations

Chiari malformation is considered a congenital condition, although acquired forms of the condition have been diagnosed. In the 1890s, a German pathologist, Professor Hans Chiari, first described abnormalities of the brain at the junction of the skull with the spine. He categorized these in order of severity; types I, II, III and IV. Read More »

Neck and Arm Pain

While arm pain can result from injury, or even sedentary activities such as sitting at a computer for long periods of time, the cause could be the result of underlying conditions in other areas of the body that need to be resolved. Pain in specific fingers, for example, can result from pinching of nerves adjacent to given vertebrae and discs in the neck. Read More »

Back and Leg Pain

Spinal pain in the lumbar region (lower back) and cervical region (neck) are highly prevalent. Lumbarmuscle strains and sprains are the most common causes of lower back pain. The thoracic spine can also be a site of spinal pain, but because it is much more rigid, the thoracic spinal area is much less frequently injured than the lumbar and cervical spine. Read More »

Spine: Degenerative Disease

Symptoms vary greatly depending on the position of the herniated disc and the size of the herniation. If the herniated disc is not pressing on a nerve, the patient might experience spinal pain (cervical, lumbar, and thoracic) or no pain at all. If there is pressure on a nerve, there can be pain, numbness or weakness in the area of the body to which the nerve travels. Read More »

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