Neurosurgeons at Medical Center of McKinney (MCM) evaluate and care for disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves utilizing both non-surgical and surgical treatments. Stereotactic guidance techniques are used for delicate brain surgery and minimally invasive techniques are used to treat the spine. MCM neurosurgeons are at the forefront of using revolutionary new treatments.
A stroke or brain attack is brain damage caused by a blocked blood vessel or bleeding in the brain. The two major types of stroke include:
- Ischemic (occurs when a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot)
- Hemorrhagic (bleeding within the brain)
Some common warning signs of stroke include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
In the event of a stroke, every single second counts. If you or someone with you has one or more of these signs, call 911 immediately.
MCM is able to treat strokes through minimally invasive delivery of clot dissolving medication, using the newest therapies, and has a dedicated Neurology floor and Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit committed to helping patients regain a comfortable quality of life.
Medical Center of McKinney is certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. To achieve this certification, Medical Center of McKinney has assembled a team of highly skilled medical professionals - including emergency physicians, surgeons, neurologists, nurses, therapists, laboratory and pharmacy staff, and radiologists - who are specially trained to respond quickly and completely to the needs of a stroke patient.
Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting eight out of 10 people at some point during their lives. It can range from a dull, steady ache to a sudden, sharp pain. For people 45 years and older, lower back pain is the most common type of spine pain. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Back pain is called chronic if it lasts for more than three months. As with any kind of chronic pain, the quality of life can be diminished, making even the simplest things like driving, reading, bending or lifting difficult.
Common causes of back pain include:
- Disc herniation
- Degenerative disc disease
- Bone spurs
- Broken bones
Neck pain can occur anywhere in your neck - from the bottom of the head, to the top of the shoulders. It can spread to the upper back or arms and may limit the range of motion of your head and neck. Neck pain can result from a variety of things including:
- Herniated disc
- Overuse injuries
- Facet arthropathy (arthritis to the facet joints which help to support the spine)
- Cervical spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal, which places pressure on the spinal cord)
- Neck sprain
- Everyday activities such as sleeping in an uncomfortable position, or turning the neck in a jarring or sudden manner while exercising
A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in which the cells have started to multiply uncontrollably. Tumors can be classified into two main types:
- Malignant (cancerous)
Primary brain tumors originate in the brain and rarely spread to other parts of the body. Primary brain tumors are named from the cells in which they originate. The most common type of brain tumor is glioblastoma multiforme, which represents nearly one fourth of all primary brain tumors. This cancer starts in the glial cells, which are cells that help nerve cells work. Secondary brain tumors, or brain metastases, originate from cancer cells in another part of the body that have spread to the brain from such regions as the lungs or breasts.