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    Neurologist vs. Neurosurgeon: Understanding These Important Roles

    Last updated 4 months ago

    If diagnosed with a neurological condition, you may be introduced to a neurologist and possibly even a neurosurgeon, both of whom can be instrumental in the treatment or management of your disorder. Though these two individuals share a great deal of medical expertise, the responsibilities they assume in your health and recovery are very different. A neurologist typically takes a centralized role in the care of a patient with a neurological disorder. He is in direct communication with the individual’s general healthcare provider and normally recommends a course of action to address the patient’s condition. In some cases, people with neurological problems require only medication and other non-invasive measures to control their symptoms. If surgery is deemed a necessary component of treatment, a neurosurgeon is called upon to perform the procedure. This type of doctor can also make recommendations regarding patient care.

    Illinois Neurological Institute strives to provide patients with the information they need to understand their conditions in clear and easy-to-understand terms. Let us guide you through the process of identifying and addressing your neurological needs. Call (309) 740-3766 to schedule an appointment.

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    Tips for Talking About Chronic Headaches with Your Doctor

    Last updated 4 months ago

    If chronic headaches have driven you to the neurologist’s office, you may be experiencing confusion and frustration as to why your headaches won’t subside. The job of the neurologist is to help you find the reason why you keep getting those headaches and provide treatment. However, it’s up to you to establish an open dialogue with your neurologist. Only with clear communication can he begin to address your symptoms.

    Describe Symptoms in Detail
    Neurologists sometimes have considerable diagnostic challenges to face, as headaches can stem from many sources. To narrow down the reasons why you might be experiencing this problem, you should provide your doctor with extremely detailed information about your condition. You should tell him when they occur, how long they last, and your actions preceding their onset. These factors can help your neurologist pinpoint the source of your headaches.

    Question Terms You Don’t Understand
    When trying to explain your diagnosis and treatment, your doctor may inadvertently use terminology that’s unfamiliar to anyone outside the medical community. As you’re listening to your neurologist, don’t hesitate to speak up if he uses a term or phrase that you don’t understand. Make sure that you come away from each appointment with clarity about your condition and treatment steps.

    Take Notes for Future Reference
    Especially at the beginning of your treatment, your doctor may tell you a considerable amount of information. You may not want to rely only on your memory when trying to process everything your neurologist says. Taking notes during your appointments can prove extremely helpful, as you can go over them later and use them to better understand your condition management or recovery.

    The neurologists at Illinois Neurological Institute strive to provide a positive experience for each person who comes to one of our Illinois locatons. If you have questions about your condition, we can answer them. To speak with a representative or set up an appointment, call (309) 740-3766.

    Understanding Sporadic Ataxia

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Receiving a sporadic ataxia diagnosis can leave you with many questions, including how this condition may affect your life. Unlike hereditary ataxia, sporadic ataxia has no genetic link explaining its presence. Both forms of the disease typically bring on issues with motor function. Individuals with sporadic ataxia may suffer from increasingly more severe balance issues. They might also have difficulty using their hands and fingers for fine motor movements. As with other neurological ailments, ataxia can progress over time. With professional neurological assessment and management methods, people with sporadic ataxia can slow the development of their symptoms. Key to successfully managing this disease is understanding the root cause of it, which underscores the importance of having a specialist in charge of your care. Only a neurologist with expertise in diagnosing and treating sporadic ataxia can provide the best means for a long and high-quality life.

    Let Illinois Neurological Institute help you effectively control your ataxia. For more information on this condition or the services our facility offers for it, call (309) 740-3766. Our neurological treatment options are available for individuals in the Peoria area. 

    Manage Your Health Records Online with OSF myHealth

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Do you find it difficult to keep track of your medical records? This video discusses the convenience of using OSF myHealth for your healthcare information.

    OSF myHealth allows users to view, retrieve, and store their medical records. This online system also provides up-to-the-minute updates from your doctor. If you are waiting on test results, the OSF myHealth system can notify you via email that your doctor has uploaded the results to your account. You can also quickly and easily communicate with your healthcare providers through the email feature.

    At Illinois Neurological Institute, our team of neurologists makes staying up to date with your medical information easy. Call (309) 740-3766 today to speak with a neurologist at our Peoria or Rockford office.

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