2ERSTROKE-EC1864-001-2 (1)-minNeurology is a branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the nervous system. Physicians specializing in the field of neurology are called neurologists and are trained to diagnose, treat and manage patients with neurological disorders, as well as some conditions in the musculoskeletal system.

Every neurology case is unique and at Tenet Health Central Coast we treat each patient based on his or her individual concerns and symptoms. Neurologists are usually certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. A neurologist that treats children needs additional training in pediatrics and the neurological diseases of children.

Neurology Services

When Should You See a Neurologist?

You should see a neurologist if you begin to experience something as seemingly harmless as recurring headaches to more worrisome conditions such as a seizure or limb numbness.
  • Headache disorders such as:
    • Migraine
    • Cluster headache
    • Tension headache
  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Neurodegenerative disorders, including:
    • Alzheimer's Disease
    • Parkinson's Disease
    • Amylotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease)
  • Cerebrovascular disease, such as transient ischemic attack and stroke
  • Sleep disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Infections of the brain:
    • Encephalitis
    • Brain meninges (meningitis)
    • Spinal cord (myelitis)
  • Growths or tumors of the brain, spinal cord or the peripheral nerves
  • Movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease
  • Demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system, such as:
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Spinal cord disorders, such as:
    • Tumors
    • Infections
    • Trauma
    • Malformations
  • Disorders of peripheral nerves, muscles and neuromuscular junctions
  • Traumatic injuries to the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves
  • Altered mental status, encephalopathy, stupor and coma

Find a Specialist

For non-life-threatening emergencies, talk with one of our neurosurgeons or neurologists. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.

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