What Does a Neurologist Treat?

May 18, 2021

There are over 600 types of neurological diseases, which affect the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and strokes, among other neurological diseases, can cause patients a great deal of pain and suffering over their lives. When you suffer from these painful and often debilitating ailments, finding a cure or an appropriate treatment can completely change your quality of life.

Neurologists in Bonita Springs, FL can help you find a treatment that works for you. Here are some of the conditions a neurologist can treat, and what to expect from your visits.

What can a neurologist treat?

Neurologists treat conditions that affect both the central nervous system and peripheral nerves. These conditions include (but are not limited to) back pain, brain and spinal cord injury or infection, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, brain tumors, epilepsy, pinched nerves, seizures, headaches, multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, strokes and tremors.

Since each type of neuropathy is different, treatments for each condition will look different. You’ll need to visit a neurologist to get a better idea of what your treatment will entail.

First examinations

Your neurologist in Bonita Springs, FL will need to conduct a thorough examination (or set of examinations) to diagnose your ailments. They need to know whether the problem stems from the brain, central nervous system or peripheral nerves, how severe the damage is and what else might complicate the disease. Your tests might include vision, memory, reasoning and puzzle-solving abilities, strength, coordination, reflexes and ability to feel physical objects, smell odors and hear sounds. None of these tests are painful or invasive.

Working with peripheral neuropathy

If you have a type of peripheral neuropathy, there are several different treatments you can try. Peripheral neuropathy affects the peripheral nerves, or those outside the central nervous system (the brain and the spine). Patients experience tingling, numbness, loss of muscle control, weakness and other symptoms. Your neurologist might recommend red LED light therapy, infrared light therapy or gentle electrical stimulation. These therapies work to heal the nerve damage at the source so you can enjoy a pain-free life.

Results of your neuropathy treatment

Generally, patients who undergo neuropathy treatment experience a reduction or elimination of their symptoms. You might be able to reduce or eliminate tension, pain, numbness, tingling, inflammation, swelling and more. Many patients also experience increased balance, range of motion, awareness of extremities, better sleep and improved coordination. It may even help you reduce your dependence on certain medications.

Cost of treatment

Unfortunately, it’s hard to determine a cost for treatment until your examination and diagnosis. Neuropathy can vary wildly in symptoms and severity, so there’s no “catch-all” cost range to expect. Some people can see results in as little as two weeks, while more severe cases take many more treatments over the course of months or years.

For more information about neuropathy treatment in Bonita Springs, FL, call Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology today. We can help you book your initial consultation, then create a custom treatment plan.

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