The World Health Organisation defines neurological conditions as neurological disorders or diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, nerve roots and peripheral nerves, autonomic nervous system, neuromuscular junction and muscles.
Neurological conditions affect people in different ways. Some disorders can be treated and/or get better over time, others need specialist treatment, and some currently have no cure or effective treatments.
Some neurological conditions are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in Scotland, while others are chronic and disabling. In an ageing population, the effects of the increasing number of people living with neurodegenerative diseases is ever more apparent.
Support for people with a neurological condition is the responsibility of NHS Boards and Integrated Joint Boards across Scotland.