Neurological care is the practice of medicine that focuses on the treatment, function and diagnosis of diseases relating to the nerves and nervous system. Neurologists and neurosurgeons treat disorders that affect the brain or spinal cord.
Neurologists in Nashville, Tennessee
From movement disorders to head injuries, our skilled physicians diagnose and treat neurological conditions.
Neurological disorders often require advanced care. At TriStar Medical Group, our neurologists are specially trained to provide that care, creating personalized treatment plans for a wide range of neurological issues.
Neurological conditions we treat
Our team offers experienced care for simple and complex neurological conditions, including:
- Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Back pain
- Balance issues
- Bell's palsy
- Brain aneurysms
- Brain injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cerebral artery thrombosis
- Cerebral palsy
- Chiari malformation
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuritis
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)
- Diabetic polyneuropathy
- Fainting or syncope
- Gait difficulties and abnormalities
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- Head injuries
- Headaches and migraines
- Intervertebral disc herniation
- Limb pain
- Lower back pain
- Movement disorders
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Muscular dystrophy
- Myasthenia gravis
- Neck pain
- Neurological complications of other medical conditions
- Neuromuscular diseases
- Neuropathy, both inflammatory and toxic
- Nerve injuries
- Optic neuritis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Pediatric neurological conditions
- Sleep disorders
- Spinal disorders
- Tingling in the extremities
- Tourette syndrome
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
- Trigeminal neuralgia
Our neurological services
We use state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and both surgical and nonsurgical approaches to relieve symptoms and treat your condition.
What is a neurologist?
Neurologists are medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating nervous system disorders, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord nerves and muscles. They perform neurological examinations to test the following:
- Balance, ambulation and reflexes
- Memory, speech, language and other cognitive abilities
- Muscle strength and movement
Patient-focused neurological services
Our board-certified neurologists offer high-quality care for patients experiencing a wide range of neurological conditions. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive care in a comfortable atmosphere. We work together so you understand your diagnosis, test results and individualized treatment plan.
Our neurological diagnostic exams
Our skilled neurologists offer a range of advanced diagnostic tests to ensure the accurate diagnosis of neurological disorders. These tests include:
- Computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan — A CAT scan is a medical imaging technique that uses X-ray technology to produce multiple images at different angles, so the neurologist can view the body's internal structures and look for abnormalities.
- Electroencephalography (EEG) — This is a diagnostic test that involves attaching electrodes to the scalp to detect electrical activity in the brain. The results of this exam help diagnose epilepsy and seizure disorders.
- Electromyography (EMG) — Electromyography is a diagnostic exam that involves applying electrodes to assess the electrical activity and health of muscles and the nerve cells that control them. This test can help detect disorders of the spinal nerve roots, muscles and peripheral nerves.
- Lumbar puncture (spinal tap) — In a spinal tap, a needle is inserted between two lumbar bones (vertebrae) to remove a sample of cerebrospinal fluid. This procedure is used to detect disorders of the central nervous system.
- Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) — MRAs use a magnetic field and radio waves to produce 3D images of blood vessels so they can be examined for abnormalities. It often involves the use of special contrast agents, which are injected into the bloodstream to highlight any abnormalities in the blood vessels.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) — Similar to an MRA, an MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce images of the body, primarily the abdomen, brain, chest, heart and spine. Physicians use this test to examine internal structures of the body for abnormalities.
- Nerve condition studies — These tests indicate how well the nerves can send electrical signals. They can help physicians diagnose nerve disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or peripheral neuropathies.
- Visual evoked potentials (VEPs) — VEPs involve visual stimuli that measure the electrical response and health of the brain's primary visual cortex. This test helps access central visual function and detects abnormalities in optic nerve transmission.
Our neurological treatments
We treat and help patients manage neurological conditions by offering a wide range of treatments. Some of the surgical and non-surgical neurological procedures we provide include:
- Botulinum toxin injections — Doctors inject a neurotoxin protein, which blocks the nerve signals that cause muscle spasms. It is used to treat patients with cervical dystonia, certain types of eye muscle problems and spasms of the eyelids.
- Deep brain stimulation (DBS) — This involves implanting a small device to help patients manage their movement disorders. This device sends electrical pulses to areas of the brain that control movement.
- Somatic nerve block — A nerve block is a treatment that involves the injection of medication to the somatic nerves to manage and treat movement disorders.
- Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) — VNS involves the implantation of a small device that stimulates the vagus nerve with electrical impulses. It is an effective treatment for epilepsy and seizure disorders.