Neurology Disorder Diagnosis & Treatment in LA County
Methodist Hospital of Southern California is staffed with neurological
experts skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of the more than 600 known
neurological disorders. A neurological condition involves diseases that
affect the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and
muscles. If you experience frequent headaches, dizzy spells, or memory
loss, a neurologist may be able to help.
Open communication between neurologists and their patients is a key part
of neurological care. At Methodist Hospital we strive to create lifelong
relationships with our patients. Our staff takes the time and effort to
make patients feel comfortable so they will have an easier time describing
their condition and working with us to find the root of their problem.
This is especially important in neurology as many serious neurological
disorders require patient interaction for an accurate diagnosis.
When Should I See a Neurologist?
There are hundreds of neurological conditions and the symptoms vary a great
deal. In most cases, your primary care physician will refer you to a neurologist
when they believe your condition requires their expertise. Knowing some
common symptoms of a neurological disorder can be helpful for you as you
can mention the possibility to the doctor and they may be able to pinpoint
the condition faster and speed along the process.
Common symptoms of neurological conditions:
Headaches - Everyone has a headache at some point in their life, and in most cases,
they are minor issues that go away on their own. If you experience frequent
headaches or migraines that are accompanied by other symptoms like vomiting
or a tingling feeling in the body, these could be indicators of a neurological
Dizzy spells - Dizziness can be caused by many things. When you suffer from chronic dizzy
spells that disorient you and make it hard to stand, it's time to
visit a doctor. Dizziness could be the result of Vertigo, which is a dangerous
condition that makes it difficult to stand and could result in serious injury.
Chronic Pain - If you suffer from pains that have lasted for long periods and doctors
are having a difficult time determining the cause, it may be the result
of a neurological condition. The chances of your condition being neurological
increase if the pain is accompanied with a numb or tingling feeling.
Seizures - After experiencing a seizure you will definitely want to consult with
a neurologist. A seizure is characterized by uncontrolled jerking movements
in the arms and legs, loss of consciousness, and difficulty breathing.
A seizure is not always the result of a neurological condition, but it
is a serious event that should be professionally examined immediately.
Memory Loss - Some memory loss is expected with aging, but when it is accompanied with
a sense of confusion or personality change then it may be an indicator
of a serious condition like Alzheimer's. Do not hesitate to see a
doctor when you or your loved one's memory problems result in sudden
Neurologists cannot simply treat the disease, the person as a whole must
be cared for in order to facilitate a complete recovery or improve quality
of life. Our neurological team develops an individualized treatment plan
designed based on the patient's condition, their lifestyle, and their goals.
We can be your allies during this difficult time. If your neurological
condition is the result of a stroke, we run a respected
Stroke Care program staffed by experts in stroke and neurological medicine. Call 1-888-388-2838
to reach our free physician referral line and find a neurologist near you.
To find a specialist near you, please call our physician referral line