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Portneuf Brain & Spine Center

Services & Symptoms

We always recommend that patients become educated on their conditions, so please review our symptom list below and click on the provided links for additional information.

Services Include:


  • Craniotomy for: tumor, trauma, epidural hematoma, subdural hematoma, subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral aneurysm, intracerebral hemorrhage
  • VP shunt for hydrocephalus

Peripheral Nerve

  • Carpal tunnel release / Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ulnar nerve release / Tardy palsy


  • Cervical laminectomy, discectomy, with or without fusion
  • Disc herniation, degenerative spinal canal and/or foraminal stenosis, trauma, tumor
  • Lumbar laminectomy with or without fusion
  • Disc herniation, degenerative spinal canal stenosis, foraminal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, traumatic fracture, tumor

Signs and symptoms include:


  • Headache, often progressive
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Cranial nerve deficits
  • Personality changes over time
  • Speech difficulties
  • Double vision, difficulties with vision
  • Weakness or numbness in the extremities, usually one-sided

Peripheral nerve

  • Focal pain at the wrist or elbow
  • Numbness and/or weakness in certain distributions


  • Low back pain with radiation down the leg(s)
  • Numbness or weakness in the leg(s)
  • Progressive difficulties walking distances regarding pain, numbness or weakness
  • Bowel or bladder dysfunction
  • Low back pain alone can be difficult to treat. The majority of low back pain should be treated non-surgically though there are certain conditions that may warrant surgical intervention, depending on the pathology.

Cervical (Neck)

  • Neck pain with radiation down the arm
  • Numbness and/or weakness in the upper extremity
  • Gait difficulty or instability
  • Bowel or bladder dysfunction

Talk to your primary care physician about your symptoms and whether a neurosurgical referral is indicated.

Call 208-239-2260 to speak with Dr. Harrison's team and schedule a neurosurgical referral.

Talk to your primary care provider about scheduling a CT or MRI at Portneuf Medical Center.