What is a neurologist?

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. Pediatric neurologists specialize in neurological disorders affecting infants and children. 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
  • Dizziness
  • Persistent back and neck pain
  • Memory loss
  • Seizures
  • Muscle weakness, numbness or tingling

What neurologists treat

Our neurologists at Providence Medical Group-Medford Neurology treat the following conditions and diseases, among others:

  • Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
  • Stroke
  • Brain tumors and disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Headache
  • 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)

What to expect when you see a neurologist

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; reflexes; coordination and gait; and sensory function. As needed, your neurologist will recommend further testing, such as a CT scan or MRI scan, to confirm a diagnosis.

Our philosophy of care

Providence Medical Group-Medford Neurology has the most comprehensive team of neurologists serving southern Oregon. Our physicians are committed to open communication with you, your referring physician and other specialists who may be involved in your healthcare. We understand the importance of compassionate, coordinated care and always strive to work as a team in your best interest.