Why A Neurologist?

About Neurology

A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing and treating diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. Our board certified neurologists work with each patient and their family/caregivers to customize a care plan that is specific to them.

Our Neurologists offer care for those with:

  • Neuromuscular diseases/weakness
  • Peripheral nerve damage/numbness/pain
  • Multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases
  • Epilepsy (seizures)
  • Dementia
  • Movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease/tremor
  • Sleep disorders
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Stroke/ministroke (TIA)
  • Head trauma/concussion
  • Infections of the nervous system
  • Tumors of the nervous system
  • Gait disorders

Is it Time to See a Neurologist?

Your primary care physician is a great starting point for the evaluation of many conditions, but if you have the following, you may benefit from a detailed neurologic exam.

  • Frequent headaches
  • Headaches accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, loss of consciousness or blurry vision
  • Tremor or abnormal movements
  • Vision changes
  • Loss of consciousness or “passing out”
  • Insomnia or sleep disorders
  • Restless legs
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness or loss of control of part of your body, speech or vision
  • Numbness or tingling that comes on quickly, only affects one side of the body, or is associated with weakness (These may be signs of a stroke and require immediate evaluation)


Your First Visit With a CNI Neurologist

What to bring:

  • List of medications including name, frequency and dosage
  • Actual disc of any MRI, X-ray or prior films
  • Insurance card, photo ID and co-payment if applicable

What to expect:

After many years in practice, our neurologists know what works for one patient may not work for the next. They design custom treatment plans that consist of various combinations depending on your specific needs.

Treatment plans:

  • Imaging which may include: MRI, MRA, CT or other radiology studies
  • EEG
  • Physical therapy
  • Epidural/Blocks
  • Medications
  • Infusion therapy
  • Home health
  • Other specialty referrals


During your visit, your physician may order an EEG/EMG

What is an EEG?

An Electroencephalogram (EEG) is a painless procedure that measures the eletrical activity of a patient’s brain by placing electrodes on the head to detect any problems. An EEG is an important tool used to evaluate and diagnose seizures, causes of confusion and degenerative diseases.

What is an EMG/NCS?

An Electromyography (EMG) uses a fine wire electrode to evaluate the activity of the patient’s muscles. The Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) involves stimulating the nerves with a small amount of electricity and recording how each nerve conducts this signal along its course. The EMG and the NCS are utilized in diagnosis of a pinched nerve in the arm or leg, as well as muscle and neuromuscular disorders.

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