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Dr. Larry Armstrong

Neurosurgery
Fayetteville, AR
28 years experience male

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Fayetteville, AR

Address

3336 N. Futrall Dr., Fayetteville, AR
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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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394 Answers
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
About the same: There were appreciable differences in previous years but most facilities charge about $800-1000 for a ct and about $1200-1500 for an mri. It can vary... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Location: Like real estate, the difference is location, location, location. Kidney pain is usually flank pain more on the sides of the back than along the spin... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
How much, how tall?: Usually we have an upper limit of 350 lbs for spinal fusion. It's smart to not exceed 250 lbs to have this surgery done. Your sugery is a partnershi... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Maybe: While there are not usually blood tests ordered, your dr. May want a serum creatinine to check your kidney function before you get the dye. Talk to y... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Very fast: Today's high speed scanners work very quickly. This exam should take around 10 minutes at the most.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Arthritis spur: An osteophyte is a bony overgrowth or arthritis spur causing either narrowing of the spinal canal or causing pressure on a nerve.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Obstetrics/Gynecolog: An ob/gyn dr. Should be able to assess your ovarian function, adequacy of your pelvis, and hormone levels. They will best be able to assess your abil... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Mild????: There may be no symptoms of mild increased intracranial pressure. And how do you know it is mild? I'm not sure what mild increased intracranial pres... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Can lose your vision: Blindness can ensue, brain damage, weakness, lethargy, confusion- all bad things. There are obviously many more.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Depends: Could be from nerve compression in the spine. Your age and amount of disk degeneration in the spine will affect this. If you get quick relief after s... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Days: When an ischemic stroke occurs, peak of brain swelling starts in 3-4 days after the stroke. It will last for several days and then subside slowly.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Absolutely: Almost 40% of the population by statistic have a ruptured disk in their back without symptoms. It happens at some point in time but they do not keep ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Too many to count: Many people have lumbar fusions. Is there a specific number you're looking for? Many surgeons perform 50-100 of these surgeries annually.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Many: The workup would start with metabolic tests, thyroid function tests, serum chemistries, blood counts, and could progress to electromyograms, nerve con... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Yes: It is possible for spina bifida females to become pregnant if they have regular menses and are actively maturing ova. The neural tube defect does not ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
No: A single pinched nerve may cause weakness in the distribution of that nerve only. Hemiparesis=weakness on half the body should be caused by something... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Very different: Anencephaly is the abscence of a closed cranial cavity (head) and implies incomplete brain development/function. Essentially, anencephaly is being bo... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Too many to name: Are you sure they are drug induced tremors and not just some associated with advanced age? If you would like to submit the names of the drugs, we cou... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Williams: Look up williams flexion exercises including pelvic tilt, knee to chest, pelvic rotation exercises to help your back. Use hot packs, hot tub or low ba... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Yes but unreliable: As a true genetic link and/or mutation has not been established, we do understand that there is increased risk in a first generation relative with spi... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Absolutely: Start with your family md and then a neurologist for a full neurological workup and treatment.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Hard to say: It depends on the size, location, and severity of the stroke to tell how long the aphasia will last. I know this is vague, but your local neurologist ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
No: Personality is not contained in the cerebellum. The cerebellum is involved in coordinating our complex movements and not our thought processes. Howeve... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Like others: The ultrasound is like others performed with more specialized views of the region of interest.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Go to ER: You are describing a systemic problem with abnormalities in the central nervous system. It appears to be affecting your entire body. There are enoug... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Different types: There are several types of hemorrhage: subarachnoid, subdural, epidural, intracerebral, cerebellar, brainstem and a few others primarily based on loc... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Not so common: Cervical myelopathy is a condtion of the neck where spurs cause narrowing of the spinal canal with injury to the spinal cord. Sometimes this is revers... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Too little info: As dr. Hines says, a neurosurgeon can help differentiate all of the above and provide you with the best treatment options for your condtion. There ar... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Talk to your surgeon: This could be postoperative swelling of the nerve, irritation of the nerve from surgery, or other causes. The best way to know is contact your surgeo... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
No: Most meningioma patients have no symptoms. A few will have headaches and possibly seizures if the meningioma is large enough. They are often present... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Most likely nothing: By her age, her chiari malformation likely is causing little to no symptoms. But to be sure, see a neurosurgeon who can evaluate her and advise you o... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Sometimes: It all depends on the type of spinal tumor. Some tumors are treated with observation- no surgery- and repeat imaging over several months to years. S... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Not necessarily: Water in the spinal cord is usually indicative of a "syrinx" which means there is a fluid collection in the spinal cord. The important part of a syri... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Can be bad: Traumatic brachial plexus injuries such as those from motor vehicle accidents cause severe weakness and paralysis of the upper extremity. In it's wor... Read More
A 67-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Shoulder blade : If you stand straight, the bottom of your shoulder blade should be around t8- your 8th thoracic vertebrae. Find that area and count up 2 bones.
A 74-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Yes: Try medications like aleve, (naproxen) ibuprofen, or any other NSAID to help your back pain. Other things to help are always weight loss, exercises l... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Many: Weakness of the arm or hand, numbness, tingling, pain in the arm, burning sensation in the arm or hand, paralysis of the arm or hand, atrophy of the m... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Therapy: Brachial plexus injuries are such significant injuries, they should not be treated without a licensed therapist. While it seems you may be able to do... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Incoordination: There are several features of people with cerebellar dysfunction with symptoms ranging from walking incoordination, hand incoordination, inability to ... Read More
A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Talk to your MD: Statins are wonderful medicines to lower cholesterol and help control your lipid levels. They can have some side effects which are bothersome such as... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Yes: In all truth, cervical spine stenosis can cause significant weakness and even paralysis if left alone and injury ensues. This could cause enough diffi... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Back stretches: Try looking up williams back exercised to loosen the muscles of your back and legs spineuniverse.Com has several sets of exercises to help you relax ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Not wise: Ramsay hunt is a severe disorder with herpes infection of the inner ear and can result- if not treated, in permanent scar tissue, hearing loss, weakne... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Yes: Mannitol is osmotic agent utilized to raised the serum osmolality and actually takes fluid from healthy neurons to make room for damaged neurons to sw... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
It helps: Massage therapy- regardless of which type is performed is beneficial for paralysis. Ac massage therapy offers some unique techniques. One of the maj... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
No: I know of no association between ingestion of mushrooms and brain hemorrhage. Some are hallucinogenic but i've not heard nor studied about any which ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Like a fusion: Similar to a disk fusion, access to the spine is from the front. The disk is removed, the vertebrae are prepared and the disk replacement is placed in... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Maybe: Brain hemorrhages have multiple causes but usually have a significant headache associated with them. There can also be neurological deficits like wea... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Exercises: If you're looking for the exercises to do on your own, then try williams low back exercises as well as dr. Gill's recommendation for mckenzie exercise... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
No simple treatment: Yours is a complex problem with many levels being affected. Therefore, a global way to help is weight loss and no smoking. There are facet injections ... 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

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Northwest Arkansas Neuroscience Institute
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