We found 4 neurologists who accept Sharp Health Plan HMO near Murrieta, CA.
Dr. Michelle Sahagian is a specialist in pediatric neurology. Dr. Sahagian accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego.
Dr. Jennifer Friedman is a neurologist. Dr. Friedman is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School.
Dr. John Crawford's specialties are pediatric neurology and neuro-oncology. He practices in Escondido, CA, Murrieta, CA, and San Diego, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Crawford takes. He studied medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego.
Dr. Sonya Wang works as a pediatric neurologist and neurophysiologist. Her education and training includes medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and residency at Floating Hospital for Children. Dr. Wang is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. She is professionally affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego.
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Neurology is the study of the brain and nervous system, including the spinal cord and nerves. Disorders of the nervous system can affect many parts of the body, and a neurological exam must be quite thorough. A neurologist examining a new patient will check for any issues with:
- motor skills (the way your brain and muscles work together)
- sensory skills (sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell)
- nerve function
- coordination and balance
- changes in mood or behavior
A neurologist can order different kinds of tests to check the function of the brain and nerves. These tests may include a head CT scan (a type of 3-dimensional x-ray), an electroencephalogram (which measures the electrical impulses inside the brain), an MRI (a detailed image of the brain or spinal cord), or electromyography (which uses electricity to test nerve function). The results of the exam and the tests help neurologists diagnose and form treatment plans for disorders like multiple sclerosis, tremors, stroke, and migraine headaches.
Some neurological problems, such as certain brain tumors, may require surgical treatment. Since neurologists do not perform surgery, they will refer patients who need operations to a surgical subspecialist, such as a neurosurgeon. Beyond surgery, a neurologist might recommend any of the following treatments:
- medication (such as interferon for MS or topiramate for migraines)
- laser therapy (class IV laser treatment is sometimes used to alleviate peripheral neuropathy pain)
- physical therapy (stretches and exercises can increase balance and range of motion, helping patients to move more easily and with less pain)
Therapies such as these can improve quality of life for patients dealing with neurological disorders. Neurologists help their patients sense and interact with the world at their very best.