Neurologists are medical doctors who study the nervous system and how the brain communicates with the rest of the body through this complex series of nerves. Our brains control everything our bodies do and nerves help communicate those messages so everything functions effectively. When you have an issue or injury that affects your brain or nerves, it can cause disruptions to the healthy functioning of your body. If you are looking for a neurologist in Atlanta, GA for an injury, pain, or other condition that is causing you pain and neurological symptoms, our team of neurologists at AICA Orthopedics is here to help.
Damage to the brain or nerves can lead to all sorts of issues inside the body, from tingling and numb sensations to headaches, to certain diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. Neurological conditions may not always present in a way that makes it an obvious nerve or brain issue that requires a neurologist. Symptoms of neurological problems include painful headaches, like migraines, dizziness, vertigo, seizures or epilepsy, tumors, or nerve pain.
Many people may suffer from back or neck pain and assume it is a muscular issue when it is actually due to a damaged or pinched nerve in the area. A neurologist can help diagnose and treat neurological conditions that can cause you serious pain and affect your strength, mobility, and range of motion. At AICA Orthopedics in Atlanta, our neurologists work alongside specialists like orthopedic doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists to address common ailments like neck pain, back pain, or reoccurring headaches, and make sure you get the most appropriate, quality care you deserve.
Neurological issues are most often associated with the head and brain. The brain is protected by the skull and a flexible surrounding that allows for general movements as you go about your day. However, in the event of an unexpected injury or blow to the head, your brain can get shaken up and may make contact with the skull. When this happens, it can cause bruising on the brain or even a brain bleed. Any damage to your brain will impact its ability to effectively communicate to the rest of your body and you will likely experience significant pain and other neurological symptoms. This is an example of a concussion, which is the most common type of traumatic brain injury that requires careful care from your doctor.
Spinal injuries in the neck and back can cause nerve pain and damage because the spine houses the central nervous system. This complex series of nerves runs through the vertebrae in your spine, so any damage to the spine can also cause damage to nearby nerves and your body’s communication system. If a vertebra in your spine is forced out of place due to injury, it may compress a nearby nerve and lead to what’s commonly known as a pinched nerve. Pinched nerves can sometimes resolve on their own, but in other cases, a neurologist may need to diagnose and treat the issue so you can avoid chronic pain.
Neurological disorders can also impact your joints and the functioning of important areas like your elbows, hands, knees, and feet. Pain in these areas can sometimes be caused by a neurological issue, like a pinched nerve or nerve damage that causes persistent pain and discomfort. Neurologists can assess the joint and surrounding areas for possible nerve issues and help to gradually reduce or resolve your symptoms. Common neurological conditions that don’t have to do with your head or spine include carpal tunnel syndrome that affects your hands and wrists.
When you meet with a neurologist for the first time, they will likely want to perform a physical exam and a neurological exam. This will help your neurologist learn more about how your injury or illness has affected your muscle strength, reflexes, and coordination. You may meet with a neurologist if you have an injury or an unknown condition that is causing coordination problems, muscle weakness, or even dizziness and confusion. You may also need to see a neurologist if you suffer from cluster headaches or migraines, have a spinal cord disorder, an autoimmune disorder, neuromuscular disorder, or a neurodegenerative disorder. Neurologists also meet with people who have multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, or have recently suffered a stroke.
If you are suffering from a concussion, your neurologist will likely want to confirm their suspicions with various tests such as the CT scan, which will create a composite image of the brain using different angles of cross-sections.LEARN MORE
MRI scans can provide images of the brain using magnetic field technology and radio waves without the use of radiation. They show very detailed visuals of brain injuries.LEARN MORE
Neurologists have access to a wide variety of neurological exams that can help diagnose a neurological condition as well as rule out other disorders that may have similar symptoms. An EMG, which stands for electromyography, measures your brain activity and its communication to the various nerves in your body. This type of neurological exam can help your neurologist diagnose muscle or nerve dysfunction or spinal cord disease. An EEG, which stands for electroencephalogram, measures electrical brain activity and helps your neurologist diagnose brain disorders, inflammation, tumors, and seizures. These types of tests are minimally invasive and typically do not cause any discomfort. Your neurologist may also recommend a CT scan or MRI scan to get a clear look at an injury and how your nerves and surrounding soft tissues are affected.
No matter what type of injury or illness is affecting you, our neurologists at AICA are here to help. Our neurologists specialize in treating car accident injuries, sports injuries, and degenerative disorders and develop individualized treatment plans for each patient. At AICA, our neurologists will never apply a one-size-fits-all treatment plan; instead, our doctors take into account all your unique circumstances and symptoms and develop a treatment plan that addresses both your symptoms and the root cause of the issue. Our individualized treatment plans are informed by our neurologists’ use of cutting-edge diagnostic tools all easily accessible in-house.
At AICA Orthopedics in Atlanta, our neurologists work together with doctors from multiple specialties to provide you with comprehensive care that addresses your symptoms and the cause of your pain. Our neurologists will work with you and other specialists at AICA to make sure you are getting the best treatment available. Our multi-specialty team of doctors includes orthopedic doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and even surgeons who can provide you with the best options available so you can experience relief from your pain and other neurological symptoms. Many people with neurological conditions will work with other specialists on our team, like with physical therapists and chiropractors to help regain strength, mobility, and range of motion.
We aim to provide everyone with minimally invasive options first and only recommend surgery when it is the most appropriate option for your specific health needs. Most of our orthopedic surgeons can even provide surgical procedures from the comfort of our offices so you don’t have to worry about going to multiple locations to get the care you need. When it comes to treating neurological conditions and injuries that affect your brain or nerves, our team of neurologists is here to help. Learn more about our neurologists and find out what an individualized treatment plan would look like for you by scheduling a consultation with one of our highly skilled neurologists in Atlanta, GA at AICA. Our team of experts is here to provide you with the quality, comprehensive care you deserve.