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Port Jefferson, NY 11777
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Neurology

Mather Neurology's physicians diagnose and treat diseases related to the nervous system. The nervous system is made of two parts: the central and peripheral nervous system. It includes the brain and spinal cord. Our physicians perform neurological examinations of the nerves of the head and neck; muscle strength and movement; balance, ambulation, and reflexes; and sensation, memory, speech, language, and other cognitive abilities.

Illnesses, disorders, and injuries that involve the nervous system often require a neurologist's management and treatment. Mather Neurology treats disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, such as:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)
  • Back pain
  • Botox for headaches
  • Cerebrovascular disease, such as stroke
  • Demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system (such as Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Dementia, (such as memory loss)
  • Dizziness
  • Dystonia disorders
  • Headache disorders
  • Hemorrhagic stroke
  • Intracranial injury
  • Migraines‎
  • Movement disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neck pain
  • Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Seizure disorders (such as Epilepsy)
  • Speech and language disorders
  • Spinal cord disorders
  • Transient Cerebral Ischemia

Our medical experts will explain their findings and treatment options to you clearly, calmly and carefully.

When should you see a neurologist?
Headaches are a rare sign of neurologic issues, as everybody gets headaches. However, if your headaches are accompanied with vomiting, light sensitivity, stiff neck, numbness in arms or legs, tingling in the body, occurs after a head injury or lasts more than 24 hours, you should speak with a neurologist.

Chronic Pain: Does your pain also include numbness, weak muscles or problems with bladder or bowel control? Does your pain get worse when you rest or keep you up at night? If so, you should speak with a neurologist.

Dizziness is a common symptom in neurology with many different causes, including migraine, middle ear problems and drug side effects. Another cause is vertigo, the feeling that you're on a merry-go-round. A sudden onset of intense vertigo (without the use of alcohol) is a sure reason to contact a neurologist.

Numbness or Tingling: As with most of these symptoms, they are common. The flag raising numbness and tingling we're referring to comes on very quickly, leaves you unusually weak and fatigued, or affects only one side of the body. First make sure it's not anxiety, and that you've eaten, but if it persists, you should speak with a neurologist.

Weakness: You walk up the stairs every day, but today, it's especially difficult. This is called fatigue. If no matter how hard you try, you are unable to walk up the stairs, this is true weakness. Fatigue will generally affect the entire body, whereas weakness can isolate a specific muscle or muscle group. Like most symptoms, if weakness comes on suddenly, you should speak with a neurologist.

Movement: Sudden tremors, stiffness, lack of flexibility, unintended or unplanned movements, or an overall drastic lack of coordination doesn't guarantee that there is an issue, but it would be best to speak with a neurologist.

Vision: Sudden vision problems? Seeing double? A very simple test can help determine whether it is merely an eye issue or a more serious neurological issue. This can be done by simply closing one eye and seeing if the problem persists. If it goes away, it means the good eye is relaying the optical information back to the brain, and is most likely an eye issue.

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