We found 6 neurologists near Waterloo, IA.
Dr. Islam Tafish practices vascular neurology in Waterloo, IA. Dr. Tafish attended medical school at Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.
Dr. Sangeeta Goel is a specialist in vascular neurology. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Goel attended Medical College Baroda for medical school. Dr. Goel has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Medicare insurance.
Dr. Ivo Bekavac practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Bekavac studied medicine at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine. He honors Medicare insurance.
Dr. Brian Sires specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Sires honors Medicare insurance. He graduated from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine.
Dr. Ashok Nakhasi's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He attended medical school at Guru Nanak Dev University.
Dr. Brian O'Shaughnessy is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. O'Shaughnessy is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.
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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.