A valuable tool to clinical care of those suffering from neurological issues is the provision of effective prescription and over-the-counter medications. While not all brain and nervous system illnesses respond to medication, many do.
The first step in determining treatment is recognizing the illness early and deciding to seek treatment. In the case of a stroke, traumatic injuries, or degenerative brain diseases, therapeutic methods may range from medications such as neuroleptics (haloperidol and chlorpromazine) used to treat brain disorders such as schizophrenia, to comparatively simple analgesics, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and opiates to manage the painful effects of many neurological ailments.
In the absence of a cure, some patients with neurological diseases can be placed in rehabilitation as part of an effort to restore lost function and mobility. Therapies for neurological disorders may include:
- Lifestyle changes to prevent or minimize the impact of the condition
- Physical therapy to manage the symptoms and restore function
- Pain management therapies
- Medication to help recover function or prevent a deterioration of the condition