Care for conditions that affect the brain
From concussions to brain cancer, Stringfellow Memorial’s neurologic specialists care for a wide range of conditions that affect the brain. Our neurologic care team utilizes advanced diagnostic technology and progressive treatment options for neurological conditions.
Our neurologists, neurosurgeons, specialized nurses and other professionals adhere to the highest standards of skill and expertise to deliver comprehensive care. Our care ranges from prevention to acute intervention and long-term management for conditions such as:
- Brain cancer
- Brain tumors, including gliomas, meningiomas, metastatic tumors, pituitary and others
- Carotid stenosis
- Cerebral aneurisms
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- Encephalitis and hydroencephalis
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders
- Traumatic brain injury
Our comprehensive care includes a full range of recovery services, from rehabilitation programs to brain injury support groups.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke is a brain injury caused when a blood vessel to the brain becomes blocked or bursts, cutting off blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
Stroke symptoms are sudden and may include:
- Weakness or numbness in the face, arms or legs, especially on one side of the body
- Trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
- Trouble talking or understanding what others are saying
- Severe headache for no known reason
- Loss of coordination or balance
When it comes to recognizing the signs of a stroke, remember this message: Time is brain.
A stroke interrupts the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain. Once the stroke starts, brain cells begin to die. However, fast medical treatment can halt a stroke as it’s occurring.
Most strokes are caused by blood clots. If you get to the hospital quickly, a clot-busting medication called tissue plasminogen activator or TPA may help. TPA should be given within 4½ hours of a stroke’s onset.
Call 911 at the first sign of stroke.
To schedule an appointment with RMC Neurology team, please call (256) 236-1303.
RMC Health System offers personalized care for multiple sclerosis that spans from initial diagnosis and treatment through rehabilitative services. Our team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurses and rehabilitative therapists work with patients to develop an individualized plan to help manage symptoms and improve daily functioning.
Although there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, there are strategies to help change the course of the disease, treat flare-ups, manage symptoms and improve mobility:
- Medications can be used to manage symptoms and complications that range from dizziness, fatigue or pain, to bladder dysfunctions and muscle spasms.
- Assistive devices can help facilitate everyday activities — everything from canes and walkers to improve mobility, to specially designed automotive devices to facilitate driving.
- Rehabilitation therapies, including physical, occupational, cognitive, and speech and language therapies can help improve motor and cognitive functioning and manage symptoms.