Neurology is a vast specialty dealing with muscle strength (motor) and feeling (sensory). The field is broad because our nervous system spans the entire body, from head to toe. Because individuals are not identical, problems can present in various ways. Essentially, neurology encompasses problems that may affect how you walk, talk, reach, see, or feel.
Patients experiencing neuro-related issues may notice pain, blackouts, feel numbness or trouble moving extremities, seizures or may be survivors of a head trauma. It’s the job of the neuroscience specialists to get to the bottom of your discomfort.
Diagnosing Your Neurological Issue
A physician that treats neurology issues is called a neurologist. Based on the description of your symptoms, you and your physician will decide together the best steps to determine a diagnosis. Some tests may include MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine, Electroencephalogram, nerve conduction, EMG (electromyography), or lumbar puncture with CSF (cerebrospinal fluid testing).
Conditions Commonly Treated by Neurologists
- Seizures & Epilepsy
- Memory Disorders: Dementia, Alzheimers
- Movement Disorders: Parkinson’s, Tremors, Huntington’s
- Neuropathy / Paresthesia
- Bells Palsy
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Autoimmune Disorders: Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Narcolepsy
- Evoked Potentials
- Lumbar puncture
- Intraventricular Thrombolysis
- Placement and Management of External Ventricular Drains
- Ventilator Management of Neurocritical Care Patients
- Fiber Optic Intracranial Pressure Monitoring
- Central Line Placement and Monitoring
- Arterial Line Placement and Monitoring
- Lumbar Drains
Located at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, this service provides continuous care to patients admitted to the facility due to primary neurological complaints. It offers the patient and their family a cohesive plan of care with special focus on:
- Diagnosis of new disabilities
- Transition to ambulatory services
- Assistance to community doctors for expert opinion and coordination of transfers to our facilities
Our Inpatient Neurology Service provides care for patients with neurological injuries and conditions such as:
- Intracranial Hemorrhage, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Subdural Hematoma
- Cerebral Edema
- Neurological Prognostication after Brain Injury
- Confirmation of Diagnosis and Second Opinion on Brain Death
- Demyelinating Conditions
- Neuroimmunological Emergencies
- Respiratory Failure and Mechanical Ventilation in Neurologically-Ill Patients
- Neurosurgical Postoperative Recovery
- Status Epilepticus
- Neurological Infections
- Traumatic Brain Injury
The Neurology Consultation Service provides 24/7 coverage at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Herrin Hospital and St. Joseph Memorial Hospital.
Neurointensivists specialize in the care of patients suffering from strokes and other severe neurological problems. Caring for this population of patients requires a highly-specialized, multi-disciplinary approach and state of the art infrastructure. Dr. Alejandro Hornik and Dr.Esteban Golombievski provides this valuable service and will focus on the neurological in-patients.