Spine & Neurosciences Institute

Neurological Disorders

A neurological disorder refers to a problem with the nervous system, which is a complex, sophisticated system that regulates and coordinates the body’s activities.

The Aspirus Spine & Neurosciences Institute uses a multi-disciplinary approach to treat a wide array of neurological disorders. Some of the more common neurological disorders that our team treats, include stroke, brain tumors, hemorrhages, brain or spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer’s, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Many people don’t think of carpal tunnel syndrome as a neurological disorder. The condition occurs when a major nerve in your wrist becomes pinched, causing tingling, numbness, weakness and pain in your wrist or hand.

If you are diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, medications, cortisone injections and splints can help ease your symptoms. If your symptoms fail to get better, or they become severe, surgery may be an option.

During surgery, one or two small incisions are made in your palm and the surgeon releases the transverse carpal ligament, which is what pinches the nerve and causes the symptoms. Carpal tunnel surgery does not require an overnight stay in the hospital and you will be given hand exercises to complete to regain strength in your wrist and hand.


A craniotomy is the surgical opening of the skull where a surgeon makes a window in the bone to reduce pressure beneath the skull. Craniotomies are performed to correct neurological issues that cause the brain to work improperly. These disorders include brain injuries that result in swelling or bleeding, brain tumors, aneurysms and abnormal tangles of blood vessels.

More Information

For more information about neurological disorders, please choose from the topics below:

What is the nervous system?
Disorders of the nervous system
Signs and symptoms of nervous system disorders