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Studies claim that more than five million Americans deal with neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegenerative diseases are incurable and debilitating diseases that result in progressive degeneration and death of nerve cells.
Some of the most well known and most experienced neurodegenerative diseases are multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. With MS, the immune system eats away at the protective covers of the nerves. The resulting nerve damage interrupts communication between the brain and the body, resulting with issues such as tremors in the hands and the inability to move and talk.
Parkinson’s disease is also a nervous system disorder that usually comes on gradually and eventually causes tremors in the hands (like MS) and greatly diminishes movement and balance. Parkinson’s is also known as a gait disorder as it affects the way someone walks.
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, affects the brain’s nerve cells and the spinal cord. Essentially, the disease leads to motor neurons that go from the brain to the spinal cord to the body’s muscles degenerate and die, eventually leading to the brain no longer being able to control any muscle movement.
Our CNI Board Certified neurosurgeons world revolves around the nervous system. With over 80 years combined experience Drs. Faircloth, Flotte, Middleton, and Tyler apply the same delicate techniques we use on the brain, to your neck and spine. By approaching problems in the least invasive manner available, we are able to protect normal tissue, so patients experience less postoperative pain.
Our board certified neurologists Drs. Hecker, Foster, Friedman, Manley, Markle, and Oztas have specialized training in diagnosing and treating diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. CNI neurologists work with each patient and their family to customize a care plan that is specific to them.
With 50 years of combined experience our neurologists have been providing quality medical care and treating patients in an eight county area, from North West Florida to the Mississippi Coast.