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How Does a VP (Ventriculoperitoneal) Shunt Work

Hydrocephalus, a condition where a build up of fluid occurs in the brain resulting in potentially dangerous pressure, is often treated by the implanting of a special shunt design to relieve that pressure. This shunt is known as a ventriculoperitoneal shunt, and is typically put in while the patient is under general anesthetic. Once implanted […]

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Are Brain Supplements Effective?

It can be unnerving to have your memory start to fail you, even when what you’re forgetting are things as simple as your keys, people’s names, and a street name you used to live on. While sometimes failures of memory are merely inconvenient, when memory loss becomes severe it can be emotionally tragic or even […]

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Electrodiagnostic Testing

Electrodiagnostic testing involves two separate tests – electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies. The first is used to evaluate the function of the muscles and electrical activity within them when at rest and in use. Nerve conduction studies are used to evaluate the function of the nerves and how well they transmit electrical signals. The […]

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Therapeutic Injections

Therapeutic injections are joint injections administered for the relief of chronic pain and inflammation. They are used in patients who are experiencing either acute or chronic discomfort but are usually reserved for patients who have not achieved desirable relief from more conservative measures like physical therapy. There are several types of therapeutic joint injections, the most […]

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Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer is cancer with a primary origin in the kidneys. The kidneys, which are responsible for filtering waste from the body, are located on either side of the spine. There are several types of cancers that can affect one or both kidneys, including renal cell carcinoma – the most common form of kidney cancer […]

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Cortisone Injections

Cortisone injections are non-surgical means of treating pain and inflammation in the joints and soft tissues. Although doctors can administer cortisone shots to many different areas of the body, they are most frequently given in joints that are prone to injuries, such as the shoulders, ankles, knees, hips, and elbows. The spine is also a common […]

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