What We Treat
Information about the types of conditions and disorders treated at the Methodist Moody Brain and Spine Institute
Brain and Spinal Tumors
A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain. The tumor can either originate in the brain itself, or come from another part of the body and travel to the brain (metastasize). Brain tumors may be classified as either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), depending on their behavior.
Stroke, also called brain attack, occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. Disruption in blood flow is caused when either a blood clot blocks one of the vital blood vessels in the brain (ischemic stroke), or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into surrounding tissues (hemorrhagic stroke).
Back Pain and Neck Pain and Spinal Disorders and Spinal Cord Injury
The vertebral column, also called the backbone, is made up of 33 vertebrae that are separated by spongy disks and classified into four distinct areas. The cervical spine consists of seven bony parts in the neck; the thoracic spine consists of 12 bony parts in the back area; the lumbar spine consists of five bony segments in the lower back area; five sacral* bones; and four coccygeal* bones (the number of coccygeal bones can vary from five to three).
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is due to a traumatic injury that either results in a bruise (also called a contusion), a partial tear, or a complete tear (called a transection) in the spinal cord. SCI is a common cause of permanent disability and death in children and adults.
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Other Neurological Conditions
The Methodist Brain and Spine Institute is an assumed name of MedHealth, a Texas nonprofit health care organization, and is established for purposes of establishing a location for a multidisciplinary approach to treat brain and spine injuries.
Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The independently practicing physicians at the Methodist Brain and Spine Institute are employed by MedHealth and are not employees or agents of Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Health System, or any of its hospitals.