We found 6 neurologists near Waterloo, IA.
Dr. Islam Tafish is a physician who specializes in vascular neurology. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center's residency program.
Dr. Sangeeta Goel is a medical specialist in vascular neurology. After completing medical school at Medical College Baroda, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Patient ratings for Dr. Goel average 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Goel takes Medicare insurance.
Dr. Brian Sires specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Waterloo, IA. He graduated from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.
Dr. Brian O'Shaughnessy is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. O'Shaughnessy takes Medicare insurance.
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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.