The Vanderbilt Neurology Consulting Practice often sees patients who are suffering from symptoms such as passing out, paralysis, weakness, numbness, dizziness, loss of sight or hearing, problems with speaking or swallowing, and memory loss.
Our neurologists help find the cause of the symptoms and then outline treatment options. We suggest physical treatments, injections and medical devices or referral for surgical treatment as appropriate. We also see patients who have:
We offer diagnosis and treatment, advice, counseling and ongoing patient care. Our experience covers a wide range of neurological problems. We consult on treatments for:
Improving treatment is a key part of our mission. We have a very active research program that looks into ways to make patient care better, and this can yield benefits for patients here at Vanderbilt and across the world.
We understand that many patients have already had testing, so we work hard to make the process easier for everyone we see. Our consulting neurologists are board-certified and have years of clinical experience. We draw patients from across the U.S. as well as other countries. We take our time with our patients, exploring each person's total medical history. This helps us provide the highest level of care possible.
Before your visit, you should gather all relevant medical details about the problem you have. We will give you a survey either before or during your office visit. We do this to gather all information that might help us diagnose your problem. Please give the answers careful thought and complete every question. If you are on medicine, please bring your bottles to the visit.
The office visit will take one hour or longer, depending on how complex the case is. Based on the survey, our nurses will ask about the reason for your visit, medicines, past history and family history. We will also take routine vital signs and fill out standardized scales. We will use these as a starting point in reviewing your problem. Please feel free to mention any item in your history, even if it seems like it's not related to your current problem. We need to know as much as possible about you and your other medical problems.
Your doctor will perform a neurological exam. This painless procedure involves more depth and detail than a standard physical exam and will take about 1/3 of the visit time. Your doctor will evaluate all areas of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles.
After the exam, we may schedule more tests, including CT scans, MRI scans, EEG, EMG and blood tests in order to pin down the cause of the problem. A diagnosis may not be clear after your first visit. We'll schedule follow-up visits with you to review test results, recommend further testing and check on whether treatment is working.
It is important to talk about all your concerns with the nurse or neurologist. Lab results and X-ray reports are best discussed when all details are available during an office visit. Neurological medicines can be refilled by calling the office nurse. If you have an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.