Physicians Medical Group of San Jose
Primary Care and Specialty Care located in San Jose, CA
If you have signs of epilepsy or numbness, tingling sensations, or electrical pain, it could be a sign of nerve problems. Physicians Medical Group of San Jose in San Jose, California, offers neurology services, including diagnostic testing and treatments to reduce your symptoms and restore your health. Call your Physicians Medical Group of San Jose physician today!
Neurology Q & A
What is neurology?
Neurology is a medical specialty that focuses on the nervous system. Your nervous system includes your central nervous system — your brain and spinal cord — and your peripheral nervous system, which consists of the nerves that extend throughout your body.
Neurologists help patients who have conditions like:
- Seizures (epilepsy)
- Neuropathy (nerve damage)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Spinal cord disorders
- Migraines and cluster headaches
- Nervous system infections like encephalitis or meningitis
Neurologists also help manage conditions like dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and ALS.
What are the signs I need to see a neurologist?
One of the most common reasons that you might need to see a neurologist is if you have neurological pain and other signs of neuropathy like numbness, tingling, or weakness in your hands, arms, feet, or legs.
Neuropathy occurs when you have nerve damage, which could stem from diabetes, a traumatic injury, or a tumor that’s compressing a nerve. These symptoms are also early warning signs of disorders like multiple sclerosis.
Additionally, if you have frequent migraines or seizures, a neurologist can assess your condition and provide treatment to reduce or eliminate your attacks. Other symptoms that indicate a potential neurological disorder include:
- Lost coordination
- Loss of dexterity in your hands
- Reduced balance
- Changes in your vision
- Memory loss
- Changes in personality or mood
In many cases, your primary care provider gives you a referral to a neurologist when they find signs of a potential neurological disorder during your annual exam.
What are the common neurology services?
Neurology services begin with testing like electromyography (EMG), electroencephalogram (EEG), and nerve conduction studies. Neurologists also use MRIs, PET scans, CT scans, cerebral angiograms, and lumbar punctures.
Then depending on your condition, your doctor provides customized treatments to manage or heal your disease. For example, there are several medications available to reduce or slow the progression of multiple sclerosis. Additionally, if you have neuropathy that affects your balance, they might suggest physical therapy. They might even recommend Botox® injections to reduce migraines.
If you’re concerned about the health of your nervous system, call your Physicians Medical Group of San Jose physician today!
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