Neurological conditions affect the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. They are often the result of illness or injury.
There is a very wide range of neurological conditions, and they can affect people in very different ways. Some neurological conditions are present from birth (such as cerebral palsy), others develop at a later stage in life - from childhood to old age.
Some conditions are genetic (such as Huntington’s disease) while others are caused by infections (such as meningitis). The cause of many conditions remains uncertain.
Some neurological conditions are very common but some are extremely rare.
Most neurological conditions affect people's quality of life and some will cause life-long impairments. While some conditions can be cured or managed as long-term conditions, some conditions are progressive or terminal.
It is important that people affected by a neurological condition receive the right care and treatment at the right time.
We have recently developed some guidance for people who care for those with neurological conditions.
There are three new resources available:
- What to expect when you are new to caring
- What to expect from advocacy services
- What to expect when planning ahead
With thanks to our Carers Subcommittee for making these resources happen: Ataxia UK, Brainstrust, Dochas Centre, Epilepsy Scotland, MND Scotland and the Scottish Huntington's Association as well as the Coalition of Carers in Scotland.