Last updated 5 days ago
Your spinal cord is responsible for all the feeling in your body. When your spine gets injured, it requires very delicate treatment. The neurologists and neurosurgeons at the INI Spine Institute use state-of-the-art equipment to provide accurate diagnoses and effective treatment.
Once your primary care physician refers you to the INI Spine Institute, an intake specialist will contact you to obtain a detailed history of your spinal health and the results of various spine tests. Once we have a complete picture of your condition, one of our neurosurgeons will recommend a personalized treatment plan. To ensure that you’re on board with your treatment, a Registered Nurse Care Coordinator will explain the details of the neurosurgeon’s diagnosis and recommendations. This efficient process helps patients receive the spinal care they need in a timely manner.
If you suspect that you have an issue with your spinal cord, call Illinois Neurological Institute at (309) 740-3766. Our Peoria Spine Institute offers non-invasive treatment options, complex spinal surgery, and everything in between.
Last updated 6 days ago
While it may be difficult to receive a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, it shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying your life. If you love to travel, for example, you can and should carry on traveling long after you learn that you have Parkinson’s. If you or someone you love has Parkinson’s, consider these tips on how to travel safely and comfortably.
Travel with a Companion
Though many people with Parkinson’s have little trouble traveling by themselves, it’s a good idea for Parkinson’s sufferers to bring companions when they go on long trips. A companion can provide assistance with everything from making lodging arrangements to helping maintain balance.
Keep Medical Information on You
Parkinson’s medication is essential for keeping symptoms at bay, including stiff muscles, tremors, and difficulty walking. Experts recommend that people with Parkinson’s keep at least one day’s worth of medications with them at all times. In case you run out of medication or experience an emergency on your trip, it’s a good idea to keep contact information for your doctor, insurance company, and emergency contact in your wallet.
Don’t Overburden Yourself
It doesn’t matter whether you have Parkinson’s or not—a vacation should be relaxing. For the sake of your health, try not to squeeze too many activities into one day. If you’re going on a road trip, take plenty of breaks and don’t do too much driving in a single day.
Make Special Arrangements
If you’re flying to your destination, consider reserving an aisle seat so you can stand up if you need to. Also, restaurants, hotels, and other businesses in the hospitality industry are more than willing to accommodate your needs. For instance, you might arrange to have a hotel room on the first floor.
Parkinson’s disease is manageable if you have the right help. Illinois Neurological Institute has plenty of experience treating Parkinson’s patients from Rockford, Peoria, and elsewhere in Illinois. Call (309) 740-3766 to set up a consultation with a neurologist.
Last updated 11 days ago
As your schedule gets busier, you might be tempted to sacrifice a few hours of sleep so you can fit in more activities. However, getting the proper amount of sleep is an essential part of staying healthy; losing just one night of sleep can have a significant impact on your health and mood.
Contrary to popular belief, your body doesn’t shut off when you go to sleep. As your body rests, your brain oversees a number of processes that maintain your general health. If you don’t get enough sleep, you can feel it the next day. The amount of necessary sleep changes as people age. Newborns should get an average of 12-18 hours of sleep each day, while adults older than 18 should get 7.5 to 9 hours. Experts recommend that teenagers get about 8.5 to 10 hours of sleep each night.
Contact Illinois Neurological Institute at (309) 740-3766 with any additional sleep questions. If you suffer from a sleep disorder that is preventing you from getting the sleep you need, consider seeking treatment at our Peoria sleep center.
Last updated 13 days ago
Restless legs syndrome, or RLS, is a neurological disorder that affects as many as 10 percent of the U.S. population. As the name suggests, RLS is characterized by an uncontrollable or overwhelming urge to move one’s legs, and is often accompanied by a throbbing or creeping sensation. Those who suffer from RLS often have difficulty sleeping. Though the cause of RLS is unclear in most cases, researchers have several ideas.
Research suggests that there’s a genetic component to restless legs syndrome. Many individuals with certain gene variants turn out to have RLS. If you have a family member with RLS, there’s a greater chance that you will be diagnosed, too.
Scientists have pointed to a dysfunction in the brain’s basal ganglia circuits as a possible explanation for RLS. These circuits are responsible for transmitting dopamine, a neurotransmitter that aids muscle movement.
Other links between RLS and other apparent causes seem relatively unclear. For example, individuals who suffer from diabetes, kidney failure, and other chronic diseases often have RLS as well. Oddly enough, treating the chronic condition can also help reduce RLS symptoms.
Some researchers suggest that medications increase one’s likelihood of suffering RLS. Antipsychotic medications, antinausea drugs, and even cold and allergy drugs have been linked to restless legs syndrome in some individuals.
The body undergoes a lot of changes during pregnancy. For some women, RLS is one of those changes. Fortunately, the RLS symptoms disappear for most women within one month after giving birth.
Some studies suggest that alcohol use, lack of sleep, and other lifestyle factors can further contribute to the development or worsening of RLS symptoms. If ceasing unhealthy habits does not relieve your symptoms, consider seeing a neurologist.
Restless leg syndrome is nothing to be embarrassed about. If you feel an overwhelming urge to move your legs, schedule an appointment the Illinois Neurological Institute. We’ve been providing high-quality treatment for neurological conditions for over 30 years. Call our Peoria office at (309) 740-3766 or visit our website for more information.