Neurology

Neurology is a branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the nervous system. Neurology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all categories of conditions and disease involving the central and peripheral nervous systems, including their coverings, blood vessels, and all effector tissue, such as muscle. A doctor who specializes in neurology is called a neurologist. The neurologist treats disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, such as:

  • Cerebrovascular disease, such as stroke
  • Demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis
  • Headache disorders
  • Infections of the brain and peripheral nervous system
  • Movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Seizure disorders, such as epilepsy
  • Spinal cord disorders
  • Speech and language disorders

Neurologists do not perform surgery. If one of their patients requires surgery, they refer them to a neurosurgeon.

Conditions We Treat

  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Alzheimer’s disease¬†and related disorders
  • Ataxia
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Brain Injury (traumatic)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Dementia
  • Dizziness and Vertigo
  • Encephalitis and Meningitis (infections of the brain)
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Gait Disorders
  • Guillain-Barr√© Syndrome
  • Headache
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Inflammatory Myopathy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelitis (infection of the spinal cord)
  • Pain (chronic)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Seizures
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

Treatments We Offer

The most common treatment for many neurological diseases is medication. Our neurologists have a broad knowledge of medications that are currently available on the market as well as investigational drug therapies that are on the horizon.

Surgery may be an option for some patients. We collaborate with some of the most highly skilled neurosurgeons in the region and will make referrals based on your unique situation whenever we determine that would be the best option for you.

Tests We Do at Lakecity Hospital

  • Biopsies
  • Carotid Artery Ultrasound
  • Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Brain
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Evoked Potentials Studies (EP)
  • Lumbar Puncture (LP)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Spine and Brain
  • Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV)
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan

The neuromedicine unit at Lakecity Hospital allows us to provide complex neurological care in an environment that is designed for the comfort of our patients and their families. Each room is private, spacious, and equipped with intercranial pressure monitors (ICP) that enable doctors and nurses to closely watch and respond to the health needs of neurosurgery and neurology patients. We even have rooms that are specially equipped to monitor patients that need intensive care.