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Neurology is a medical specialty that deals with disorders of the nervous system, which encompasses three major components:
- Central Nervous System: brain and spinal cord
- Peripheral Nervous System: Sensory and motor nerves including the arms, legs, face and body
- Autonomic Nervous System: Sensory and motor nerves that deal with automatic organ function or other responses within the body, such as breathing and sweating.
Some of the common diseases and disorders treated by our team include:
- Seizure disorders (epilepsy)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Memory and cognitive disorders
- Migraines and headache disorders
- Movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease or tremors
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Restless leg syndrome
At Portneuf Medical Group, our neurologists diagnose and treat patients 18 years and older.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also referred to as Physiatry is a specialty focused on the body’s musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, muscles and nerves). Physiatrists use non-surgical treatment options to improve the quality of life for those suffering from joint pain, back pain and other conditions related to the musculoskeletal system. Our physiatrists are trained in a number of interventional procedures which are both diagnostic and therapeutic.
Typical treatment options include:
- Joint injections
- Nerve blocks
- Fluoroscopic guided procedures
- Seriod injections including:
- Carpel tunnel
- Smaller peripheral joint
- Bursa joint injections
- Trigger finger injections
- Botox injections for Migraines, cerebral palsy and muscle spacticity
- Perform and interpret EMG’s/NCS.
In addition to back and joint pain, physiatrists also deal with complex rehabilitation plans for patients following a stroke, hip fractures, traumatic brain injuries and more. The physiatrist may see these patients while still in the hospital to coordinate the rehabilitation plan and eventually home care, in order to prevent a patient from re-injuring themselves after leaving the hospital.
Physiatrists also specialize in the diagnosis of nerve disorders, so you may be referred by a surgeon to a physiatrist to confirm a diagnosis prior to surgery.