Neurology is specialized, non-surgical treatment of disorders and diseases that affect the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, muscles, and central nervous system. Like Neurosurgery, Neurology encompasses a broad spectrum of maladies that affect limbs, organs, heart rate, respiration rates, and more. At this time, our neurology service is focused on the support of our neurosurgical practice. We are generally not seeking neurology patients outside of this context.

Neurology: UVNN’s Board Certified Specialists

Our highly trained neurologist is a board-certified specialist who has been trained to diagnose, treat, and manage disorders and diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and muscles. 

Our neurologist is skilled at diagnosing complex conditions using a combination of the patient’s history, physical examinations, and advanced neurological testing to assess the patient’s cognition, vision and speech, strength, reflexes, sensation, coordination, and gait. 

Neurologists differ from neurosurgeons in that they do not perform brain or spinal cord surgery. However, our neurologist works closely with our neurosurgeons to optimize patient care.

Neurology Treats Conditions Like: 

Neurology: Symptoms & When to Seek Care

Common symptoms like fatigue, headaches, and difficulty concentrating that persist or worsen over time may be the reason for your primary care doctor to refer you to a neurologist for evaluation and possible treatment. 

Call your primary care physician if you have any of these neurological symptoms:

  • Severe headaches or migraines
  • Chronic lower back or neck pain
  • Seizures or tremors
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Sudden dizziness or loss of balance
  • Memory loss
  • Concussion
  • Chronic Pain 
  • Coordination or movement problems
  • Chronic insomnia
  • Muscle stiffness, rigid limbs or muscle spasms
  • Muscle weakness or numbness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Tingling sensations
  • Decrease in sensations
  • Loss of bowel and/or bladder control
  • Blurry or double vision

Seek emergency care immediately if you experience the following, they may be sudden signs of a stroke:

  • Face drooping
  • Weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Numbness or paralysis
  • Severe headache
  • Vision problems
  • Confusion

Neurological Exams: What to Expect

It’s natural to feel uneasy if you’ve been referred to a neurologist to help identify the cause of your symptoms but there’s no need to worry. Our highly skilled neurologist works with every patient to assess their symptoms and create personalized treatment plans for both common and complex neurological conditions.

During a neurological exam, the neurologist will use non-invasive instruments, such as lights, reflex hammers, tuning forks, and safety pins to assess the patient’s motor skills, balance, sensation, coordination, and mental status as they relate to the nervous system. 

Neurological exams provide patients with peace of mind by giving them access to specialized professionals who are familiar with the latest research and treatment options for all kinds of neurological conditions.

You can prepare for your neurological consultation by:  

  • Making a list of your questions.
  • Writing down your symptoms and other health information, such as current medications, known allergies, previous illnesses, and your family’s history of disease.
  • Have your previous test results sent to the neurologist so the doctor can review them before your visit.
  • Consider bringing a friend or family member with you. The neurologist will share a lot of information with you, and it may be helpful to have an extra set of ears listening in.