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Treatment Options

To find out (diagnose) what affects you, a comprehensive neurological exam and history is required.  Often, imaging with MRI or CT is also needed.  Sometimes, EMG (electromyography) with NCV (nerve conduction velocity) is also obtained.  A spinal tap may also be needed to discover any abnormalities in your spinal fluid.

Some nerve conditions require medication to treat.  For instance, diabetes is a common cause of neuropathy (i.e., disease of nerve).  Others are difficult to treat with current medical means (some degenerative neuromuscular diseases, like ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease).  Some can be treated with neurosurgery.

The most common nerve conditions that can be treated by neurosurgery are:

  • Entrapment (carpal tunnel disease, cubital tunnel disease, peroneal nerve entrapment)
  • Trauma
  • Tumors (link to nerve tumor section)

At Ohio State's Medical Center and The James, a multidisciplinary team of physicians will work with you on your nerve problems.

Ohio State is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as one of the nation's best hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery. Schedule an appointment with Ohio State's neurosurgery experts. Call 614-293-8714.