According to researchers, as many as 12 million Americans will suffer from neurodegenerative disease by the year 2030. If you or a loved one currently struggles with Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive issues, or multiple sclerosis, you understand the challenges that these conditions pose to everyday life. The team of physicians at Innovative Medical Centers in Columbus, Ohio offers numerous neurodegenerative medicine services aimed at minimizing symptoms and helping patients remain independent for as long as possible. To learn more, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or using the simple online scheduling tool.
What is neurodegenerative disease?
Neurodegenerative diseases are brought on by the deterioration of nervous system cells (neurons) located in your spinal cord and brain. These neurons control many different parts of your body, including cognitive and physiological functions.
Neurons transmit essential information between various parts of your brain and to other parts of your nervous system. There are hundreds of different types of neurons in your body, most of which either transmit sensory information or prompt muscle activities.
The most common types of neurodegenerative disease include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Huntington’s disease
- Spinal muscular dystrophy
Many neurodegenerative diseases are severe, and some are even life-threatening. Symptoms often worsen over time, leaving some sufferers in need of constant care in the advanced stages.
What are the causes of neurodegenerative disease?
Researchers believe that some neurodegenerative diseases have a genetic factor. Others seem to be brought on by exposure to toxins in the environment or workplace. Still, others may result from single or repeated head injuries.
In some cases, neuron deterioration is caused by a medical condition. Having a heart attack, stroke, or even a tumor can damage the neurons in your brain or spinal cord.
Lifestyle choices can also play a causal role in the development of neurodegenerative disease. Alcoholism is linked to high rates of some neurodegenerative conditions.
Most neurodegenerative diseases develop after the age of 60. Some are diagnosed through blood screening or other tests, while other diagnoses are reached by examining symptoms and ruling out other conditions.
How can neurodegenerative medicine help treat these conditions?
Many types of neurodegenerative disease are incurable. Treatment efforts typically focus on providing relief from symptoms and helping you to live an active and healthy life.
Many men and women suffer from painful inflammation brought on by neurodegenerative disease. That can make it difficult to get through your daily routines and cause you to avoid activities that bring you joy.
One treatment option offered at Innovative Medical Centers uses laser therapy to stimulate cellular function. The Erchonia® FX 635 is an FDA-cleared laser treatment system that can reduce inflammation and improve pain symptoms.
The laser therapy is noninvasive, painless, and brief. You’ll wear protective glasses as your doctor positions the three heads of the unit to target the appropriate area of your body.
Contact Innovative Medical Centers today to learn more about the available treatment options for neurodegenerative conditions.