Dr. Larry Armstrong

Neurosurgery
Fayetteville, AR
29 years experience male

Locations

Office

Fayetteville, AR

Address

3336 N. Futrall Dr., Fayetteville, AR
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About

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Neurosurgery Chief, Washington Regional Medical Center Northwest Arkansas Neuroscience Institute

Specialties
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Neurosurgery

Languages spoken

English

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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Dysfunction: Since brain cancer/tumor originates in the brain, it will create dysfunction in the brain. What kind of function is impaired is dependent on the loca... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Sometimes rapidly: Glioblastoma multiforme (grade 4) tumors can double in size in 21-30 days. Other tumor types take longer to grow. Metastatic tumors to the brain w... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Wish we knew: We know there are many factors which cause cancer. We know there are changes in genes in the dna of brain cells which can cause cancer. What we don'... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Pain Dr's office: Injections into the facet joints of the spine are usually done in the pain dr's office or wherever he usually does injections.
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A member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Yes: There are progressive degenerative diseases of the cerebellum or those tracts from the cerebellum which can cause loss of coordination. There are al... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Nerve symptoms : What you are describing is nerve symptoms from either nerve pressure in the neck or possibly first rib area. There could also be a disease of the ner... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Carelessness: Contusion- bruising on the brain can be caused by bad luck, but more often they are a result of carelessness when people don't wear bicycle helmets, m... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Pain Will guide you: If you cannot live with the pain in your current condition or you have weakness, then surgery may be the best option for you. Most microdiskectomies ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Hand or neurosurgeon: Your symptoms could come from a variety of sources from compression of the ulnar nerve in your arm to possibly compression of the nerves to your arm w... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Many things: You could have numbness from compressed nerves in the neck, the upper shoulder or problems with the nerves themselves. There could also be problems wi... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Further workup: Your options depend on the location of the pins/needles sensation, your symptoms before your chiari surgery, the severity of the chiari, and the oper... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Neck soreness: Most anterior cervical fusions are tolerated very well. There wil be some neck pain and stiffness. If you have arm symptoms, those should resolve af... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Surgery on nerves: Dorsal rhizotomy is a procedure in which the posterior nerve bundles leaving the spinal cord are cleaved, cauterized, or ablated with radiofrequency t... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Don't try: Heat stroke is a life threatening emergency. It should never be treated at home due to the complexity of the problems which can come from heat stroke.... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Many causes: Your age is a little concerning for these symptoms. If you were in your teens, these types of activities can cause headaches anytime with exertion. ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Second surgery: Pro's- relieve pain, improve strength, take pressure off nerve, can be very effective. Con's- more scar tissue, possible spinal fluid leak, remove... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
More not better: Scar tissue builds after every surgery. Scar can cause some of the pain but usually traction of the nerve which is scarred in place is the culprit du... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
No: The majority of patients do not require therapy for a compression fracture. Usually walking for exercise and wearing a brace for 3 months to allow th... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Not that difficult: Call your physician who gave you the injection. They have records of where the drug came from. Ask specifics: what manufacturer? Expiration date? ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Sedation: This drug which is excellent for muscle spasms or spasticity can cause drowsiness, sedation, dry mouth or other symptoms.
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A member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Level 2 concussion: This is usually described as no loss of consciousness but confusion lasting greater than 5-15 minutes.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Terminal: A stage 4 brain tumor doesn't always mean no treatment. Depending on your sister in law's condition, age, presentation like being able to care for he... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Pediatric Neurology: There are 6 pediatric neurologists at childrens medical center of omaha who will all be experts in ataxia/cerebral palsy for your child. Have your fa... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Aorta: Usually people can feel their aorta pulsate in their abdomen. It's a huge artery in the back of the abdomen and can be felt when laying down. The ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Depends: There are multiple factors involved- what sport? What type of tumor? How large was the tumor? What part of the brain was the tumor? There is m... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Trans-sphenoidal: If possible, the preferred method of pituitary tumor removal is transsphenoidal- through the nose or through the space just under the upper lip. Aft... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Very: I'm assuming you are talking about stereotactic radiotherapy. Think of each area of your brain being exposed to only one beam of radiation but the tu... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Probably not: Most neurosurgeons today do hair-sparing neurosurgery. This allows you to simply shave a small thin strip of scalp for the incision. The infection r... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Yes: I still see many patients who have had their shunt in for 30 or 40 years. Most remarkably, the shunt is frequently still functioning. It is more com... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
See your neurosugeon: Go back and see your neurosurgeon again. Make sure your cerebellar decompression is still open and not causing compression. If not, see a neurolgist ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Difficult: With your age and gestation of 24 weeks, you want to avoid surgery if at all possible. I've performed surgery in pregnant patients but only when abso... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Several reasons: Hydrocephalus is a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain. If it occurs suddenly, there is usually a cause like tumor, obstruction, infect... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Don't worry.: I'm not sure how you found out about your chiari malformation but there's not much to worry about. Your neurosurgeon will examine you and look at you... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Are you sure?: Did your neurosurgeon or neurologist diagnose the arachnoid cyst as the cause of your dizziness and tinnitus? If not, you may want their opinion as to... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Yes: Healthy individuals usually have lower health risks. Spinal stenosis can cause some back pain but is usually noted for leg pain and weakness. The de... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Weakness: Any synthetic steroid can cause a steroid induced muscular weakness. They cause proximal muscle weakness preferentially and affect large muscle groups... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
C7 nerve root: Dr. Abe is right. Disuse is a common cause of muscle atrophy. You could also have a problem with compression of the C7 nerve root which does supply t... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Yes: The procedure is like most abdominal procedures and are pretty tender for several days. There will be some back aching due to the removal of disk and... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Memory and thought: Mild cognitive impairment is difficulty in memory and ability to carry out thought processes- and although it's mild, there's can be some confusion in... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Need MRI Pelvis: There could be stretching or direct compression of one of the lower lumbar nerve roots. You should have your doctor order an MRI of the pelvis and se... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Only eval will tell: The only way to know if you'll need surgery is your exam by a neurosurgeon who does chiari decompressions. He will thoroughly evaluate your clinical ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Not curable: Since cervical spondylosis is arthritis changes in the cervical spine, it cannot be cured. It is a normal degenerative process as we age.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Start at Family Dr.: Most spine surgeons and neurosurgeons want your family dr. Involved in every step of your care. Your family dr. Can decide when referral is appropria... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Common sense: Start your boxing/kickboxing slowly- striking can reinjure your arm and worsen your symptoms. If the ligaments are strained, you could do significant... Read More
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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Medical info: Bring insurance cards, medication list, history of surgeries, copayment if necessary, list of drug allergies.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Surgery or nothing: These are treated with surgery on the base of the skull and sometimes the dura covering the brain and/or the upper cervical vertebrae. Each surgery i... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Above 15 cm H2O: Normal intracranial pressure is 5 - 15 cm h2o. Anything above 15 cm h2o is increased.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Slow and steady: After a stroke, activity should begin slowly- understanding that recovery is a marathon and not a sprint. Physical therapy, walking, and slow purposef... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Large Head: The head is larger than normal probably due to the hydrocephalus found on the ultrasound. A consultation with a pediatric neurosurgeon would be great ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Recommended: The ou med center is excellent for treatment in a variety of disorders. I have many patients who have had surgery in that facility. They have an out... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Armstrong is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Armstrong is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I was told I need to have this surgery after living for the last 5 years in pain. After pain mapping this procedure was recommended.
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Thank you for answering! its my best friends baby boy ..ive been worried..He has fluid in his lungs now but doing great! Healing fast
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thank you! i am on round 2 of a steriod taper...i have a 2 year old trying to hold off surgery as long as possible! thanks again!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, TX
Graduated 1994MD

Awards

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Affiliations

Northwest Arkansas Neuroscience Institute
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