Neurology Specialist

Blackhawk TMS -  - Mental Health Clinic

Blackhawk TMS

Mental Health Clinic & Psychiatrists located in Danville, CA & Napa, CA

Neurology is the fascinating study of the brain and nervous system, complex and often mysterious parts of the body. The highly skilled team of medical experts at Blackhawk TMS, in the Danville and Napa areas of California, are experts in the use of the valuable neurological tool transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which is safe, noninvasive and drug-free. Find out more by calling Blackhawk TMS today, or book an appointment online.

Neurology Q & A

What is neurology?

Neurology is a medical specialty that diagnoses and treats conditions affecting your brain and nervous system. Common neurological conditions include:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Brain and spinal cord injury or infection
  • ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease)
  • Back pain
  • Stroke
  • Brain tumor
  • Headaches
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Seizures
  • Pinched nerves
  • Tremors

Neurology is closely linked with the field of psychiatry, and neurologists and psychiatrists often work together to find out what’s causing a patient’s symptoms and then create a comprehensive treatment plan.

What happens during a neurology exam?

If your doctor refers you to a neurologist, they begin the exam by going over your medical history with you and discussing your symptoms in detail. Your neurologist is likely to check your:

  • Speech
  • Vision
  • Strength
  • Coordination
  • Reflexes
  • Sense of touch

They also look at your mental well-being.

What tests are used in neurology?

If necessary, your neurologist can order tests to confirm or rule out a possible diagnosis, for example:

Blood or urine tests

Testing blood and urine samples can identify infections or poisons, and protein disorders that indicate neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Imaging tests

Imaging tests such as CT scans or MRI scans of the brain and spine can identify brain damage and tumors, or problems in the bones and soft tissues.

Brain and nerve functioning tests

Your neurologist can test your brain function with an electroencephalograph, or EEG machine, that records electrical activity in your brain. They may also use tests called evoked potentials to measure how your brain responds to certain stimuli. An electromyogram or EMG tests how well nerves and muscles are working together.

Biopsy and spinal tap

A biopsy is a small sample of nerve or muscle tissue taken for examination under a microscope if a neuromuscular disorder could be the cause of your symptoms. A spinal tap or lumbar puncture involves extracting fluid from your spine to check for infection.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

TMS is a valuable diagnostic tool in neurology, due to its ability to activate the motor cortex in the brain and enable doctors to study the central motor pathways to establish their integrity. TMS is also highly effective in cortical activity modification, making it a safe, noninvasive and drug-free option for neurological and psychiatric treatment.

If you’d like to find out more about the role of TMS in neurological and mental health, call Blackhawk TMS today, or book an appointment online.