Types of conditions
Neurological conditions are disorders that can affect the brain, spinal cord, eyes and nerves throughout the body. Some conditions are present from birth or childhood, they can be of sudden onset (eg stroke) or develop over time (eg MS). They may fluctuate or progress and some can shorten a person’s life expectancy. Some conditions are hereditary.
Neurological conditions, brain tumours, and trauma such as head injury, can result in a diverse range of symptoms and challenges. These include altered strength, reduced mobility, speech and/or swallowing difficulties, breathing problems, memory and cognition issues. Often there are invisible symptoms such as fatigue, pain or continence problems.
Did you know:
- Neurological conditions are a leading cause of disability in the world
- There are over 600 known neurological disorders
- It is estimated that over 1 billion people worldwide are affected by neurological diseases and disorders
- Neurological conditions affect people of all ages
Whilst there are no cures for most neurological conditions, many have drug treatments and/or therapies to help manage the effects and/or symptoms. However, research efforts in Australia and around the world continue to lead to greater understanding of the causes, better treatments and in the future, cures or prevention strategies.