Meningitis

The word meningitis means swelling of the meninges. The meninges are protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. There are several different types of meningitis and they vary in severity. Although meningitis can be life threatening due to its proximity to the brain and spinal cord, it depends on the causative factor as to […]

Post Concussion Syndrome

A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury that can result from a jolt, blow or bump to the head.  The sudden movement causes the brain to bounce around or twist inside the skull which results in a disturbance of brain function.  After suffering a concussion, most patients will begin to get better […]

Alcohol and the Brain

Alcohol is the most widely used and abused drug on the planet.  What many of us are not aware of are the short and long term effects of alcohol on the brain.  Why do people get louder, more excitable and let their inhibitions slip if alcohol is defined as a depressant?  In addition, why do […]

Brain Disorders

A brain disorder is not an intellectual disability. Intelligence is usually not affected, although there are usually cognitive changes such as problems with memory, concentration and attention. It is also not a mental illness, although it can increase the chances of mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.  In this article, we will introduce three […]

The Central Nervous System

The brain and the rest of the nervous system make up the control centre for the human body.  The central nervous system is made up of the brain and the spinal cord.  All actions, both voluntary and involuntary, occur due to electrical and chemical signals being passed between the brain and the nervous system, the […]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The carpal tunnel is the passageway in the wrist that connects the forearm to the middle compartment of the deep plane of the palm.  The tunnel consists of bones, connective tissue, several tendons and the median nerve.  The median nerve provides feeling and movement to the thumb, index and middle fingers, and the thumb side […]

Cranial Nerves

There are twelve pairs of cranial nerves, which emerge directly from the brain.  Doctors tend to refer to the cranial nerves by their number, from one to twelve, listed as a Roman numeral. An irritated or injured nerve causes a neuropathy. How the body is affected by the neuropathy depends on which nerve has been […]

Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in the human body.  Just like the spinal cord, it is approximately the width of a human finger.  The sciatic nerve is made up of a combination of spinal nerves and forms on the right and left side of the lower lumbar spine. Sciatica is the […]

Spinal Nerves

Spinal nerves carry information to and from different segments along the spinal cord. In this article we explore spinal nerves and how they interact with different parts of the body. You can read our article in full below: Spinal Nerves

Neurology

A neurologist specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, disorders and impaired function of the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, the autonomic and somatic nervous system. You can read our article in full below: Neurology