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General Neurology

General Neurology

The expansive network of nerves in your brain and body control movement, senses, learning, memory, and the vital systems that keep you alive. Should any problem develop in this network, you need the general neurology experts at Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders (DCND). If you need their help, the first step is getting a referral from your primary care physician. Then, the Dayton, Ohio, office will call you to set up your appointment.

General Neurology Q & A

What is general neurology?

General neurology is a medical field specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and disorders affecting your brain, spinal cord (the central nervous system), and peripheral nerves.

Your peripheral nerves — all the nerves outside the central nervous system — include:

Sensory nerves

These nerves pick up information about pain, temperature, pressure, and other senses and carry the message to your brain. Damaged sensory nerves cause pain, tingling, burning, and numbness.

Motor nerves

Your motor nerves transmit information from your brain to your muscles. When these nerves are damaged, you experience muscle pain and weakness, cramps, spasms, and loss of muscle mass.

Autonomic nerves

Autonomic nerves control functions that keep you alive, such as breathing, blood pressure, digestion, and heart rate. You can develop many symptoms when autonomic nerves are damaged, depending on the body function controlled by the nerve.

What conditions does general neurology include?

The caring neurology team at Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders has extensive experience diagnosing and treating all neurological conditions. A few examples include:

  • Stroke
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
  • Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Nervous system infections
  • Movement disorders (Parkinson’s disease, tremor, and others)

In addition to the symptoms associated with peripheral nerve damage, these conditions may cause memory loss, declining cognitive function, and changes in your ability to move and control your muscles.

What should I expect during a general neurology appointment?

The Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders team provides individualized care, beginning with a thorough exam and a range of diagnostic tests to accurately identify the cause of your symptoms. 

In addition to blood tests, the team routinely performs electroencephalograms (EEGs), sleep studies, MRIs, CT scans, and electrodiagnostic tests like electromyography (EMG).

During a neurological evaluation, your provider tests your:

  • Reflexes
  • Ability to feel sensations
  • Muscle strength
  • Coordination
  • Walking gait
  • Balance

They may also perform cognitive testing to assess problems with your memory, attention, and other brain processes.

After identifying your neurological condition, your Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders provider develops a treatment plan, with therapies ranging from medications, botulinum toxin injections, and nerve blocks to neuro-rehabilitation.

The team’s comprehensive general neurology services are only available by referral. After seeking a referral from your primary care physician, the office will call you to schedule your neurology evaluation.