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Dr. Dave F Clarke, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Neurophysiology
6101 Woodway Drive
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Dave Clarke's medical specialty is pediatric neurology and neurophysiology. His clinical interests encompass epilepsy. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Clarke is a graduate of the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. He trained at Overlook Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for residency. Dr. Clarke's professional affiliations include Seton Medical Center Austin, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, and Seton Northwest Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Research, Sickle Cell Disease, Laser Ablation, Epilepsy, Neurological Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mazen Alkahwaji Almidani, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Mazen Almidani is a specialist in pediatric neurology. He works in Temple, TX, Killeen, TX, and Round Rock, TX. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Peoria for residency. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Almidani has received include Neurology Resident Teaching Award and Patient Satisfaction Award. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Clinical interests: Migraine, Movement Disorders, Tourette Syndrome, Epilepsy

Specializes in Neurology
205 Woodhew Drive; Suite 110
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Joel Freitag sees patients in Waco, TX. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Freitag graduated from Baylor College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Neurology
205 Woodhew Drive; Suite 110
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Randy Gardell's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Gardell's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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What is Neurology?

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.

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