Neurologists are medical doctors that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases of the brain and spinal cord. When you're dealing with a condition like this, it's helpful to work with a doctor that understands what's happening now—and who can provide you with a course of treatment you can use to get better in the future. That's just what you'll find at The Jackson Clinic.
Neurological Conditions We Treat
Our neurology team has expertise in treating movement disorders and other general neurological conditions, such as:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
- Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
- Brain and spinal cord injuries.
- Brain tumors.
- Cerebral palsy.
- Myasthenia gravis.
- Multiple sclerosis.
- Parkinson's disease.
- Seizure disorders.
What You Can Expect from our Neurologists
Most patients meet with our neurologists after they've been referred by their primary care doctors.
During your first meeting, your board-certified neurologist will review your medical history and perform a physical exam. Your doctor may test your vision, strength, coordination, reflexes and sensation. And your neurologist may suggest additional tests, such as CT or MRI imaging scans, electroencephalography to assess electrical activity in the brain, and electromyelogram to measure and record electrical activity in the muscles and nerves. In some cases a lumbar puncture may be performed to analyze spinal fluid.
All of these tests can be performed at The Jackson Clinic or in the Jackson Hospital. Your neurologist will explain each test to you in detail, so you'll know just what to expect.
Creating Your Treatment Plan
When all the test results are in, your neurologist will discuss your condition with you in detail and review your treatment options. You may have plenty to discuss, as treatment options for neurological disorders are wide-ranging—from medication to surgery. Our doctors are good communicators, but you should feel free to ask your neurologist any questions you have about his or her recommendations.
Some conditions are quickly treated with the help of a neurologist. When that happens, you'll head back to your primary care doctor after your neurology treatment program is complete, and our neurologists will make sure your doctor knows just what happened under our care.
But some neurological conditions require a longer period of care. When that happens, your neurologist may be a part of a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals that includes physical, occupational and speech therapists; nutritionists; neurosurgeons; and mental health therapists. This kind of care provides you with a variety of solutions to the symptoms you might be facing.