A neurological problem can be scary. After all, your nervous system is the control center for your entire body. So when something goes wrong, the effects can be far-reaching.
If you're experiencing symptoms of a neurological disorder, the doctors at Harbor View Medical Services can help. Our team includes specialists from Mather Neurology who can diagnose and treat problems related to the brain and nervous system.
If you visit one of our neurologists, you can expect to get a thorough examination to help reveal just what's going on. That exam will look at all the areas of your body that can provide clues to the problem. It will also include a conversation with you where your neurologist takes the time to understand your needs and goals.
Once your neurologist understands what's causing your symptoms, he or she will explain the problem and treatment options to you clearly and carefully, and will answer any questions you have.
Problems Our Neurologists Treat
The neurologists at Harbor View Medical Services treat a wide range of problems that affect the brain, spinal cord and nerves, such as:
- Alzheimer's disease and dementia
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)
- Back pain
- Dystonia disorders
- Headaches, including migraines
- Intracranial injury
- 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
When Should You See a Neurologist?
Here are some ways to know if you should contact one of Harbor View's neurologists.
Headaches. If you have headaches that occur after a head injury, last more than 24 hours, or are accompanied by vomiting, light sensitivity, stiff neck, numbness in arms or legs, or tingling in the body, 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. A sudden onset of intense vertigo is a sure reason to contact a neurologist.
Numbness or tingling. Signs of a problem include numbness or tingling that comes on very quickly, leaves you unusually weak and fatigued, or affects only one side of the body.
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. As with most symptoms, if weakness comes on suddenly, you should speak with a neurologist.
Movement problems. If you have sudden tremors, stiffness, lack of flexibility, unintended or unplanned movements, or an overall lack of coordination, it would be best to speak with a neurologist.
Vision trouble. Sudden vision problems? Seeing double? If the problem persists, you should contact your doctor.
Schedule an Appointment With a Neurologist
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 631.621.4094.