When you breathe, think, laugh or lift your finger, your brain and nerves are communicating through electrical impulses transmitted by nerve cells. Neurology involves your entire nervous system - the internal wiring that controls your body's function and movement. When an illness or injury disrupts the proper working of this complex system, chances are you'll need to see a neurologist.
Your primary care provider will refer you to a neurologist who will provide principal care to patients with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis or stroke.
Neurologists are physicians who diagnose and treat disorders of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. They also evaluate patients with muscle diseases. Many neurologists focus on specific conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or stroke. A neurologist does not perform surgery, but works closely with your primary care doctor and a surgeon, if needed, to guide you through your treatment.
If you've experienced any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor:
- Unexplained headaches
- Persistent back and neck pain
- Memory loss
- Muscle weakness, numbness or tingling
Your neurologist will perform a neurological assessment, which may include a physical exam to test whether your symptoms are related to a brain or nerve disorder.
A typical physical exam will look at your:
- Behavioral or mental status
- Head and neck
- Cranial nerves
- Motor function
- Coordination and gait
- Sensory function
As needed, your neurologist will recommend further testing, such as a CT scan or MRI scan, to confirm a diagnosis.
Our neurologists treat the following conditions and diseases, among others:
- Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
- Brain tumors and disorders
- Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
- Head, neck and muscle pain
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
- Children's neurological disorders
- Peripheral nerve disorders
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease)
Providence Brain and Spine Institute is a comprehensive, integrated program treating all conditions of the brain and spine. At Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, our providers provide Teleneuro services to patients needing neurological care. With virtual Teleneuro care, our specialists are a partner in your care, using the latest technology and techniques to develop the right treatment and recovery plan for you, all while keeping you in Hood River.
Providence Brain and Spine Institute of Oregon
The Providence Brain and Spine Institute is a comprehensive, integrated center of excellence that treats all conditions of the brain and spine. We are the leading provider of neurological care in Oregon committed to making a positive difference in every life we touch. Our patients are at the center of everything we do. See a complete list of conditions we treat and learn more about the care we offer.