We found 4 neurologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Waco, TX.
Dr. Dave Clarke is a pediatric neurology and neurophysiology specialist. His areas of expertise include epilepsy. Dr. Clarke is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Overlook Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Clarke attended the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school.
Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Research, Laser Ablation, Surgical Procedures, Epilepsy, Neurological Disorders, ... (Read more)
Dr. Mazen Almidani works as a pediatric neurologist. Dr. Almidani graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Peoria. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Neurology Resident Teaching Award and Patient Satisfaction Award. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.
Clinical interests: Migraine, Movement Disorders, Tourette Syndrome, Epilepsy
Dr. Randy Gardell is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Waco, TX. Dr. Gardell's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.
Dr. Joel Freitag sees patients in Waco, TX. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Freitag's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine.
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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.