epilepsy, nerve conduction studies (NCS), trigger point injection ...
"My son & I have been under Doctor Topper's care for 12 years. He explains everything in detail, has returned numerous calls to me after hours (he has, not his staff!), and has met us at the hospital when needed. He switched offices a year back and we followed him. I wouldnt want to see anyone else. His staff is more then accommodating. I will always recommend Dr. Topper to others. He has always shown us great care and never left a question of mine unanswered. "
"We took our son to see Dr. Selman because his primary care doctor said he was part of their medical group. Our son has a rare seizure disorder but we didnt know what to expect. First of all, his office was absolutey filthy. The waiting room was dirty, stained furniture that was actually torn and unwelcoming. His staff were cold and unwelcoming. After he examined our son he blurted out, "we have to put your kid through the wringer" and he didnt ask us to send our other child out with the nurse so he could talk to us. He has the worst bedside manner I've ever seen. I walked out of there crying and neither he nor his staff even tried to connect with us, give us the medical diagnosis... nothing. How he became a high profile doc is beyond me."
The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal column, nerves, and muscles. It is what allows our brain and body to communicate with each other. Disorders of the nervous system are treated by a neurologist. When these disorders affect children or teens, they are treated by a pediatric or child neurologist.
Child neurologists have a special understanding of how the nervous system functions in a child's growing body. Some neurological illnesses are rarely seen in adults, and others have symptoms that are different in children than in adults. Children's developing brains and bodies can change quickly, and a pediatric neurologist is trained to quickly evaluate and manage symptoms before they cause future problems.
There is a very wide variety of disorders in pediatric neurology. Some issues, like seizures, are quite common, while others are very rare. A few examples of the problems treated by a child neurologist include:
Seizures and epilepsy
Migraines and other headaches
Neurological disorders that cause physical disabilities, including cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy
Developmental movement disorders, such as motor delays or low coordination
Hydrocephalus, or fluid in the brain
Social and behavioral disorders that originate in the brain, such as ADHD and autism (many, but not all pediatric neurologists offer this service)
To figure out what is happening in a patient's nervous system, pediatric neurologists make frequent use of brain scans. These may be CT scans (computed tomography, which uses x-rays), MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging, done with radio waves and magnets), or PET scans (positron emission tomography, which uses small amounts of radioactive material). In addition, child neurologists may use:
EEG (electroencephalogram, a test to measure electrical activity in the brain)
EMG (electromyography, tests to measure how well nerves and muscles work)
Developmental screening tests
Hearing and vision tests
It can be incredibly difficult for parents when their child is hurting or isn't able to do things that other kids their age can do. A pediatric neurologist is a great resource to help kids with neurological disorders reach their full potential.