What Medical Conditions Does A Neurologist Treat?
Neurologists treat disorders of the nervous system including brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. Common neurological disorders include:
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Bell’s palsy
- Carpal tunnel syndrome or other focal neuropathy
- Cerebral palsy
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Memory loss
- Movement disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Muscular dystrophy
- Myasthenia gravis
- Neck/low back pain
- Numbness/burning pain or sensation
- Parkinson’s disease
- Seizures (epilepsy)
- Sleep disorders
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
Additional Treatments and Procedures Offered
- Botox injection for cervical dystonia, limb spasticity and migraine headache.
- Occipital steroid injection for occipital neuralgia
- In-office IV infusion for Solu Medrol, Immunoglobulin, Tysabri.
Medical Testing Offered
Performed by a EMG board certified neurologist (Dr. Li – the only EMG board certified neurologist in Port Charlotte).
This study objectively tests nerve and muscle fiber functions, assessing for acute or chronic nerve injury and muscle disease. A small, sterile, disposable needle electrode is inserted through the skin into the muscle to record electrical activity associated with nerve function and muscle activity. This test is essential for diagnosing acute nerve injuries or damages such as focal nerve neuropathy, cervical or lumbar root impeachment, myopathy, motor neuron disease such as Lou Gehrig’s disease and neurogenic urinary and bowel incontinence. Before beginning the test, the area of skin being tested must be dry and clean of any lotions, creams and perfumes.
Nerve Conduction Study (NCS)
This study assesses peripheral nerve responses to electrical stimulation. Small brief electrical shocks are delivered through surface electrodes to underlying nerves. The electrical impulse is transmitted down the nerve and the resulting response in muscle and nerve is recorded. This test is essential for the diagnosis of focal neuropathies such as carpel tunnel syndrome, polyneuropathy (such as diabetic neuropathy), and myasthenia gravis. Before beginning the test, the area of skin being tested must be dry and clean of any lotions, creams and perfumes.
This study measures the brain’s natural electrical activity or brain waves. Surface electrodes are applied to the scalp and spontaneous electrical activity is measured and amplified. This is recorded while the patient is either awake, asleep, or drowsy or in response to hyperventilation, and photic stimulation. This test is important in diagnosing seizures, or epilepsy, head trauma, fainting, blacking out, and sleep disorders. This test is painless and requires little preparation. Patients are asked to have clean and dry hair free from gels, mousse, or sprays.