Understanding long term neurological conditions

Neurological conditions are caused by damage to the brain, spinal cord and other parts of the nervous system. Some conditions are present at birth (congenital); some develop later in life; others are caused by illness or injury. Approximately 10 million people across the UK have a neurological condition. They account for 20% of acute hospital admissions and are the third most common reason for seeing a GP. There are many such conditions which affect people’s daily lives in different ways and to different degrees. Some are relatively common (e.g. Stroke, Parkinson, Multiple Sclerosis & Epilepsy); others are rare (e.g. Motor Neuron Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Post Polio Syndrome, Spinal Cord Injury, Spina Bifida and congenital Hydrocephalus, Acquired Brain Injury leading to long term neurological problems, Huntington’s Disease).

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