The central nervous system is the collection of nerve tissues that controls the overall activity of the body, including the brain and the spinal cord. Put simply, it is the primary “control center” of all vertebrate life. By interacting with the peripheral nervous system, the central nervous system is able to interpret information received from other areas of the body and send out “orders” as to how the body should react or behave in general.

The soft, incredibly sensitive and important tissues of the central nervous system are protected by bone–namely, the skull and vertebrae. If these bony protective structures are damaged or weakened in any way, the central nervous system is at risk of injury. Depending on the severity and location of such an injury, this could cause the system to be unable to send, receive or interpret information, leading to serious conditions like paralysis or coma. Central nervous system issues can also arise from things like infection, illness, or oxygen deprivation. If the brain becomes damaged and begins to bleed or swell, it may even lead to death. Needless to say, the central nervous system is likely the most important system to protect.

There are a multitude of issues that may affect the central nervous system and its immediate surrounding tissues either directly or indirectly, such as:

  • Tumors (brain or spinal)
  • Herniated/bulging discs
  • Spinal disc degeneration
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Pinched nerves/nerve damage
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bone spurs
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Auto-immune disease

…and many more.

Doctors, who study and work primarily with issues of the central nervous system, are referred to as neurologists, as with Dr. Neece. Our clinic is dedicated to protecting our patients’ central nervous systems and related systems to treat and prevent pain and disability. When these systems function healthily together, it ensures a certain quality of life that Dr. Neece’s practice strives to provide.