Providence Regional Neurology Services
Providence Regional Neurology Services is part of Providence Brain and Spine Institute.
Neurologists at Providence provide principal care to patients with neurological disorders that require careful attention, such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease or multiple sclerosis. Our neurologists also act as consultants to other physicians treating conditions such as stroke, concussion or chronic headaches.
What is a neurologist?
Neurologists are physicians who diagnose and treat disorders of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. Many focus on specific conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or stroke. Pediatric neurologists specialize in children’s neurological disorders. A neurologist may diagnose and treat a neurological disorder, and then advise the primary care provider managing the patient's overall health.
Neurologists can recommend surgical treatment, but do not perform surgery. When treatment includes surgery, neurologists monitor patients and supervise their continuing treatment. Neurosurgeons are medical doctors who specialize in performing surgical treatments of the brain or nervous system.
If you’ve experienced any of the following symptoms, talk to your doctor:
- Unexplained headaches
- Persistent back and neck pain
- Memory loss
- Muscle weakness, numbness or tingling
Find a general neurologist in our physician directory.
What neurologists treat
Providence neurologists treat the following conditions and diseases, among others:
What to expect when you see a neurologist
- Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
- Brain tumors and disorders
- Parkinson’s disease and 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
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.
Whether caused by a disease, condition, disorder or injury, a physiatrist can help.