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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Types of Pain and Problems

Chiari I Malformation

Chiari I Malformation is a pathological condition that can be diagnosed using an MRI. With Chiari I malformation, the cerebellum lays lower in the skull than normal; which in turn, pushes the brainstem down as well. The cerebellum is the part of the brain that is located at the base of the brain and on top of the brain stem. The cerebellum has multiple functions, but the most important function is that it controls our balance. This malformation can cause an increase in pressure and disrupt the flow of spinal fluid. Symptoms include pain, numbness, dizziness, weakness, headaches, vision problems, and issues with balance. There are medications that can treat the pain; however, only surgery can fix the malformation.