National Neurological Awareness Week

by Henry Hernandez
Neurological Recognition Week

Diagnosing neurological issues early is key to avoiding chronic issues that include pain, memory loss, result in long term care needs and in some cases, may be fatal. Identifying the symptoms of a neurological issue is key to preventing long term medical need or chronic pain.

Headaches are one of the most common neurological issues. It is a symptom that is quickly ignored by individuals because the symptom is commonly “discounted” by the person experiencing the symptom.  There are other that symptoms or indicators that top the list of neurological issues include:

  •     Stroke
  •     Epilepsy
  •     Dementia
  •     Multiple Sclerosis

 

It is surprising that while neurological diseases are on the rise among the older population (particularly dementia), a study performed in London, England revealed “the highest prevalence of neurological disease was among ages 30-39. Neurological issues can develop for unknown reasons. However, some are due to biochemical processes in the body. Physical injuries to the brain or spinal cord are also leading causes of neurological issues.

 

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result from a “violent” blow to the head, but can also be the result of jarring jolt to the head or body. Meanwhile, the spinal cord is the “superhighway” for brain signals to reach the rest of your body to perform functions. Your nervous system controls basic movements, such as balance, coordination, and learning abilities, as well as breathing, hunger, body temperature, your reproductive system, sense of touch, your thoughts and emotions. 

 

When you develop a neurological disorder, it can impact you in many ways, “from everyday activities like waking up, to simple activities such as breathing, to complex processes such as thinking, reading, remembering, and feeling emotions. Almost 7-million people die each year from neurological problems. However, neurological conditions are not always fatal. 

 

Here are 4-key treatments against neurological ailments include:

    Brain Mapping (allows doctors to remove brain tumors while affecting the healthy

    Tissue of the brain as little as possible).

    Cyber knife

    Deep Brain Stimulation

    Gamma Knife (although medications can also be helpful in managing or limiting symptoms in some cases).

 

Working closely with our health plan partners, Alivi strongly encourages our health plan members to engage their primary care physician in open dialogue. It’s important for each individual to share any symptoms that they may be experiencing. Early diagnosis of a neurological condition is critical in preventing long term care conditions. Alivi manages the NEMT (Non-Emergency Medical Transportation) benefit for many health plans.  Alivi coordinates thousands of rides to primary care physicians and neurological specialists on a daily basis. If you are feeling any symptoms, you contact your physician or specialist and schedule a visit to discuss your concern. Our NEMT team will be ready to coordinate your ride to your specialist.

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