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Cervical Fracture is also commonly called "Broken Neck". It is made up of 7 connected bones called vertebrae. The vertebrae are connected to each other above and below through strong discs and joints on either side called facet joints. Your discs protect your spine by acting like shock absorbers to distribute weight evenly through your neck. The facet joints on the other hand not only control but allow the movement of your neck. 


Due to the durable nature of your cervical spine a substantial force is needed to cause a cervical fracture. In most instances cervical fractures are the result of car accidents or severe falls where there is a direct blow or impact to the head and neck. These types of fractures are commonly seen in the elderly as often their bones are weakened by osteoporosis. There is normally an immediate onset of extreme pain after the injury occurs and will be accompanied by swelling and bruising at the back of the neck. 


The doctor will most likely prescribe an...

What is a stroke?

Stroke is a medical condition in which a blood stops flowing to any part of the brain which leads to cell damage. When blood supply to the brain is interrupted it may lead to brain damage or possibly death.

What is causing a stroke?

There are several factors that may lead to a stroke. Here are a few of the items: smoking, excessive alcohol intake, poor diet, lack of exercise, Other medical conditions may also affect namely : high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, irregular heartbeat & diabetes.

How to prevent a stroke?

The most practical way of preventing a stroke from happening is being aware of the various risk factors of a stroke and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Can exercise really help prevent a stroke?

Exercise contributes greatly in losing and maintaining an ideal weight and lowering blood pressure. It is on it's own a stroke reducer.

What is the most common stroke type?

About 80 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes. Ischemic strokes occur whe...

Migraine is such a complicated condition that varies widely between individuals. What may work for one person may not for another. Typically it is a one-sided throbbing or pulsating headache that is at least moderately intense and can be aggravated by physical activity. It is very often associated with nausea and vomiting, as well as increased sensitivity to light, sound and even some types of smell. Doctors are unable to predict how an individual will respond to a particular treatment so this means you may need to try several different treatments until one is found that is the best at controlling your condition. 

Here are come of the most common reasons why migraine is triggered:

  • Stress

  • Lack of sleep

  • Viral infection

  • Missed or skipped meals

  • Dietary triggers (chocolate, cheese, etc)

  • Menstruation and Ovulation

  • Emotional imbalance

  • Weather change

It is always a challenge living with migraines. Majority of the people who suffers from it exper...

Sleep is equally important to our body just like drinking, eating and breathing. It is a an important element in keeping a good mental and physical health.  Sleep help a person recover from a mental and well as physical exhaustion. Sleep is thought to help keep your immune system strong and your heart and blood vessels healthy. It allows for growth and healing.


As the pace of life increases and we pack more into each day, our sleep patterns have suffered. In fact, poor sleep quality is now considered to be pandemic throughout the world. That makes teaching children about the importance of a good night's sleep particularly important, because sleep patterns acquired in childhood often feed through into adulthood.


It's not just how long you sleep that matters. The quality of your sleep is just as important. Every night you need to go through several stages of sleep - falling peacefully into a deep sleep and periodically returning to so-called REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep before ent...

According to the World Health Organization (WHO); Neurological disorder are diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system. In other words, the brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, peripheral nerves, nerve roots, autonomic nervous system, neuromuscular junction, and muscles. These disorders include epilepsy, Alzheimer disease and other dementias, cerebrovascular diseases including stroke, migraine and other headache disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, neuroinfections, brain tumours, traumatic disorders of the nervous system due to head trauma, and neurological disorders as a result of malnutrition.

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are affected by neurological disorders. More than 6 million people die because of stroke each year; over 80% of these deaths take place in low- and middle-income countries. More than 50 million people have epilepsy worldwide. It is estimated that there are globally 47.5 million people with dementia with 7.7 million new cases every...

Concussion also known as Minor Head Injury - is commonly caused by falls, road crashes, assaults and sports accidents. It's temporary disturbance in the brain’s functioning as a result of a blow to the head. Some concussions cause you to lose consciousness, but most do not. It's possible to have a concussion and not realize it. 


In many cases, concussions are not easy to pin point specially in the midst of a sports event. It can be an evolving condition with symptoms taking time to display. As a matter of fact, it requires honestly from the patient (what he/she is actually experiencing). Some of the common symptoms may include:

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

  • Confusion

  • Temporary loss of consciousness 

  • Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event

  • Ringing in the ears

  • Nausea & Vomiting

  • Delayed response to questions

  • Fatigue

In many cases these symptoms resolve themselves within a few days or weeks. However, in some cases problems can persist for months,...

Our arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart to the brain while the veins carries blood with less oxygen away from the brain and back to the heart. A brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain. It may develop anywhere in your body but occurs most often in the brain or spine and may begin at any age but usually emerge between ages 10 and 40.  Brain AVM is rare; Based on studies, it occurs in less than 1% of the general population. AVMs are more common in males than in females.


A brain arteriovenous malformation may not cause any signs or symptoms until the AVM ruptures, resulting in bleeding in the brain (hemorrhage). In about half of all brain AVMs, hemorrhage is the first sign. Common symptoms may vary depending on where the AVM is located:

  • 50% of patients with an AVM have an intracranial hemorrhage.

  • 25% have focal or generalized seizures.

  • 50% suffer from headache due to...

A brain tumor is a collection of cells that have grown in a non ordered way. Tumors that start in the brain are called primary brain tumors. This is different to cancers that have spread to the brain from somewhere else in the body. These are called secondary brain tumors or brain metastases.

The truth of the matter is that brain tumors can be cancerous (malignant) or non cancerous (benign).  Around half of all brain tumors, or tumors in another part of the central nervous system, are malignant. The other half are benign tumors, or tumors where the diagnosis is not known.

Brain tumors that are cancerous (malignant) are more common in males than females. Non cancerous brain tumors, and tumors where the diagnosis is unknown, are more common in females.

According to studies; Almost half (46%) of brain tumors each year are diagnosed in people aged 65 and over. This includes tumors in other parts of the central nervous system and tumors anywhere else inside the bones of the head...

Are you suffering from Depression?  Do you know the signs of depression?

Common signs of depression are as follows:

  • Sadness that does not leave you

  • Feeling anxious all the time

  • Loss of Self Confidence

  • Feeling Helpless

  • Stress and Frustrations

  • Feeling Hopeless

  • Sleeping Problems

  • Constant Tiredness

  • Feeling of guilt

  • Physical pain 

  • Avoiding friends & relatives

  • Difficulty to work or study

  • Constant thinking about death and self harm

Depression is a disorder by low mood and a wide range of other possible symptoms, which will vary from person to person. This illness can develop quickly or gradually, and be brought on by life events and/or changes in body chemistry, and it is often accompanied by feelings of anxiety. It can strike anyone, and is manageable in very many cases.   


Depression may strike anyone at any time. It may be a result of physical illness, experiences dating back to childhood, unemployment, family proble...

Do you know that migraine pain is a complex neurological condition; which can affect the whole body and can result in many symptoms, sometimes without a headache at all. It may be easily overlooked or mistaken for other conditions and can affect people in many different ways. 

Some of the symptom of migraine may include: flashing lights, blind spots in the vision, nausea, vomiting, debilitating head pain, pins and needles & even numbness in the limbs.Migraine is triggered by an enormous variety of factors - not just cheese, chocolate and red wine! For most people there is not just one trigger but a combination of factors which individually can be tolerated. When these triggers occur altogether, a threshold is passed and a migraine is triggered. The best way to find your triggers is to keep a migraine diary.

Thanks to modern technology; A drug-free & non-invasive migraine treatment option is now available. Many people suffer from frequent migraine attacks and a significant...

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