Neurologists are doctors who specialize in disorders of the nervous system including the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. They diagnose and treat a variety of conditions but don’t do surgery.
Neurological Conditions We Treat
The following conditions are some of the most commonly treated but not a comprehensive list:
- Alzheimer’s disease (and other forms of dementia)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – Lou Gehrig’s disease \
- Bell’s palsy
- Headache (including migraines, chronic, tension-type, and cluster headaches)
- Movement disorders, e.g., Parkinson’s disease, tremors
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle disorders, e.g., myasthenia gravis, dystonia, and spasticity
- Neuropathics, e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy
- Sleep apnea, sleep disorders
- Trigeminal neuralgia
Neurological Tests and Procedures
Electroencephalogram (EEG) – Small electrodes or electrocaps are attached to the scalp and ear lobes to record electrical activity in the brain. An EEG usually takes between 60 and 80 minutes to complete and is used to diagnose and/or monitor seizures, stroke, encephalitis, cerebral palsy, etc.
Electromyogram (EMG) – An EMG records the electrical activity of muscles. The procedure checks for muscle weakness, spasms, paralysis, or pain in the arms, hands, legs, or face. It can also determine if a disease involves the spinal cord, nerves, muscles, or the nerve-muscle junction.
Evoked Potentials (EP) – Also called evoked responses, this test includes three separate procedures, each focusing on a different nerve pathway:
- Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potential (BAEP) evaluates the nerve pathway from the ear through the brainstem and provides information regarding hearing integrity and brainstem function. It is also useful in diagnosing acoustic neuromas and multiple sclerosis.
- Somatosensory Evoked Potential (SEP) checks the pathway from limb nerves to the brain. The SEP studies the function of the spinal cord and nerves in the limbs.
- Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) checks the pathway from the eyes to the brain and may help find the cause of vision problems or other conditions such as multiple sclerosis or optic neuritis.
Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) – To help diagnose diabetic, poly-, or peripheral neuropathy, a nerve is stimulated and electrodes attached to the skin measure the velocity and amplitude of the nerve impulse. F-waves help determine if there is nerve root compression. The NCS for upper extremity testing takes approximately one hour.
Health Center – East
20 Burdick Expy W
Minot, ND 58701
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Make an Appointment
To make an appointment, call 701-857-5421
Please be prepared to provide referral information and insurance coverage to the scheduler.
Before Your First Appointment
Please bring a government-issued photo ID and insurance cards to your appointment. Please arrive 15 – 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment time so you can complete necessary paperwork.