Author: Vijay Patel, DC, DACNB

Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

ognitive decline is a natural process that is going to affect most of us, much like arthritis and tooth decay. Though we can take great care of our bodies and minds, the wear and tear of time prevail in the end. This being said, as a Chiropractic Physician who is responsible for taking care of an aging population, we must be aware of the differences between normal cognitive decline and diagnosis of Dementia.

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Syringomyelia

Syringomyelia

Syringomyelia (SM) is a chronic disorder of the spinal cord in which cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) forms a cavity within the spinal cord, known as a syrinx. Over time the syrinx can expand and elongate, damaging nerve cells inside the spinal cord, thus causing a vast array of symptoms that depend on the location and size of the syrinx and, subsequently, the structures in the spinal cord that are affected.1When a syrinx affects the brain stem, this type of SM is called a syringobulbia and often affects the cranial nerves (VII, IX-XII).6

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Visual Pathway Lesions

Visual Pathway Lesions

However, when it comes to lesions above the spine, many of us may not feel as confident in the diagnosis or treatment. Not because we were not trained in the diagnosis of virtually every ailment, but because we don’t have the opportunity to see it in practice every day. So it is with this article I hope to refresh your memory of the visual pathway, and how to locate where the lesion is located if a patient were to walk into your office with a headache and loss in a visual field.

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Common Neurological Disorders

Common Neurological Disorders

I have compiled a short list of common neurological disorders that may present in a chiropractic office and a brief review of the symptoms and diagnostic criteria. Guillian Barre Syndrome, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson’s Disease

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