Neurologists are physicians with expertise in treating conditions or diseases that affect the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. Disorders of the spine can often involve damage to the spinal cord or nerve roots.
Our board-certified neurologists are specially trained to evaluate symptoms and physical signs that may indicate nerve involvement related to back and neck pain, and can determine the most appropriate forms of treatment.
Conditions We Treat
Our neurologists at the Spine Center evaluate patients with a variety of conditions that can affect the nerves and spinal cord, including sciatica, herniated discs and tumors of the spine. Symptoms may include pain that radiates to the extremities, weakness in the arms or legs, or a change in reflexes.
A full workup by our specialists includes a detailed physical examination to pinpoint sources of pain, and diagnostic tests as needed, including electromyography (EMG) and other forms of electrophysiological testing. Patients may also be required to have an MRI.
Many patients with back or neck pain that involve the nerves will respond well to conservative care with medication and physical therapy. In certain cases—in the event of spinal cord compression or significant signs of nerve damage, for example—patients will be referred for a surgical consultation.
Why We Are Different
As an integral member of the Spine Center team, our board-certified neurologists work closely with your other physicians, ensuring that your back or neck pain is treated most effectively. We encourage conservative care whenever possible, and make sure every patient understands the full scope of his or her condition.