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By Northwest Neurology
September 11, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: MRI  

Find out whether or not your health could benefit from getting an MRI.mri

While no one likes dealing with headaches, migraines or other neurological symptoms, most of the time these problems are minor and go away on there own. Conversely, sometimes you find that these symptoms surface far too often. Maybe they’ve become so commonplace or are affecting your daily life. Coming in to visit our Libertyville, IL, neurologists is important if you are noticing any symptoms or changes in your health.

Of course, when you come into the office we will perform a series of diagnostic tests to rule out potential issues. Depending on the symptoms you are experiencing we may also recommend getting an MRI. An MRI is a diagnostic scan that can help detect injuries, diseases, bleeding and other issues anywhere in the body. What makes MRIs so advantageous is that they provide more information about what’s going on then can often be seen with an X-ray or ultrasound.

Since the MRI is adept at showing areas that contain bone tissue, this can be a great way to examine and check the health of your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). An MRI of the brain can detect a plethora of problems including:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Infections
  • Cysts
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal inflammation
  • Spinal tumors
  • Brain tumors
  • Spinal cord injuries

Even though people don’t often know that they have any of these issues, many people experience persistent symptoms that tip them off that it’s time to visit their Libertyville, IL, neurology specialist. If you have these symptoms then it’s time to see us:

  • Seizures
  • Blurry vision
  • Changes in behavior
  • Dizziness
  • Chronic headaches or migraines

Even though these symptoms can be indicative of other conditions that aren’t neurological, it’s always a good idea to rule out any neurological conditions or injuries as soon as possible.

Whether you are battling frequent headaches or seizures, it’s important that you find out the cause of your symptoms right away by turning to the experts at Northwest Neurology. We have locations in Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, South Barrington, Crystal Lake and Libertyville, IL, to serve you better.

By Northwest Neurology
July 14, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: MRI  

To confirm a diagnosis and to plan treatment, your physician may order a MRI at Northwest Neurology in Lake Barrington, Rolling mriMeadows, Arboretum South Barrington, Crystal Lake and Libertyville, IL. Just what is an MRI? It stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and this state-of-the-art medical test allows the doctor to look at details of internal organs and other structures that X-rays and CT scans cannot adequately visualize. Performed onsite at Northwest Neurology, an MRI is a safe, comfortable way to get important information and better patient coordination among health care providers.

Why is an MRI important?

This high-tech test is key to diagnosing and treating many health conditions that would otherwise remain hidden. While CT scans or digital X-rays produce two-dimensional images, Magnetic Resonance Imaging renders three-dimensional images or even slices of internal organs such as the brain or liver.

This precision allows the 14 doctors at Northwest Neurology to gather and give information on health conditions such as:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Tumors
  • Aneurysms (defects in artery walls)
  • Pinched nerves
  • Syrinx (fluid within the brain stem or spinal cord)
  • Congenital malformations
  • Stroke
  • Seizure disorders
  • Chiari malformation and associated balance problems
  • Head trauma
  • Bone infections
  • Problems with the inner ear and eye

Fortunately, an MRI is painless and non-invasive as it simply uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce its remarkable "pictures."

What happens during an MRI in Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Arboretum South Barrington, Crystal Lake and Libertyville?

This diagnostic test lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to about an hour. The patient simply lies on a long table, and a trained technician puts the table into a tube-like tunnel. Modern MRI machines are open-ended and often come equipped with music and a window to avoid any feelings of claustrophobia.

During the test, the patient lies still and hears some tapping or bumping noises associated with the machine's powerful magnets. Because of the magnetic field, the individual cannot wear anything with metal--hairpins, underwire bras or partial dentures as examples.

Some physicians order contrast dye intravenously administered to get the best possible images of selected areas of the body. Additionally, some patients use sedation to help them relax during the tests. Afterwards, the results are quickly available to the physician, and the patient simply goes back to his or her normal routine.

Rely on us

At Northwest Neurology, our highly-specialized physicians and support staff provide accurate and compassionate care for a wide variety of neurological conditions. They deliver excellent patient education and modern treatments with predictable outcomes. Magnetic Resonance Imaging is just one of their many diagnostic tools.

If you need an MRI in Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Arboretum South Barrington, Crystal Lake and Libertyville, IL, please don't hesitate to contact us for an appointment.

By Northwest Neurology
May 31, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Massage Therapy  

Have you been wondering if massage therapy could help ease your headache pain? The neurologists at Northwest Neurology in Lake massage therapyBarrington, Rolling Meadows, Arboretum South Barrington, Crystal Lake and Libertyville, IL, explains how you may benefit from massage.

How does massage therapy address headache pain?

When you get tension or migraine headaches, you've probably noticed that the muscles in your head, neck and shoulders become very tight. Tension in those muscles tends to worsen headache pain. Tense muscles can also cause increased pain if they press on the nerves that serve your head and neck. During a massage, the masseuse gently relaxes and loosens stiff muscles, reducing pain in the head and neck.

Massage can also be helpful in decreasing pain caused by trigger points. Trigger points are tight knots of tissues that are very sensitive to the touch. If you press on one in your neck or shoulder, you may feel pain shoot into your head.

Both migraine and tension headaches are more likely to occur if you're stressed. Unfortunately, feeling stressed or anxious can also make the headaches worse. Massage therapy triggers the relaxation response, which can in turn decrease your stress level. Massage also prompts the brain to release of serotonin, a natural chemical responsible for mood regulation and endorphins, your body's natural pain killers.

Massage therapy offers important benefits for both blood and lymph circulation. When blood flow improves, more oxygen reaches your cells and muscles. Enhancing lymph circulation strengthens your immune system response and makes it easier for your body to get rid of waste products.

Massage offers ongoing benefits

Massage is not only a good solution when you actually have a headache, but can also be used to prevent them. When you get regular massages at our Libertyville, Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Crystal Lake or Aboretum South Barrington office, you may experience less muscle tension and stress, which can reduce the number of days you have headaches. Massage is often combined with other treatments, such as prescription medications or Botox injections for migraines, to help you spend more days pain-free.

Ready to find out if massage is a good choice for you? Call the Libertyville, Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Crystal Lake or Aboretum South Barrington, IL, offices of Northwest Neurology at (847) 882-6604 to schedule an appointment.

By Northwest Neurology
March 15, 2017
Category: Health

Most commonly associated with cosmetic treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, Botox injections are also used for a number of medical botoxapplications to treat everything from chronic migraine headaches, to excessive sweating and even male pattern baldness. Northwest Neurology offers Botox therapy to treat various forms of dystonia, which causes muscle spasms in the face, neck and limbs.

Migraine and Dystonia Treatment with Botox in Libertyville, Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Arboretum South Barrington and Crystal Lake, IL

Botox has been in use as a treatment for chronic migraines (14 headaches or more per month) for adults since it was approved for migraine use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010. Because Botox (botulinum toxin/onabotulinumtoxinA) causes temporary muscle paralysis, it can also be used to treat neurological conditions that lead to involuntary movements and muscle spasms.

According to the Dystonia Research Foundation, the condition interferes with the basal ganglia's ability in the brain to control and regulate muscle movements. The signals that go back and forth between the brain and the muscles through the central nervous system become erratic and are not interpreted correctly, leading to involuntary movements and spasms in the affected area of the body.

Some of the most common forms of dystonia and muscle spasticity treated at Northwest Neurology include:

  • Torticollis and cervical dystonia - affects muscles in the neck which cause involuntary turning and jerking of the head
  • Oromandibular dystonia - causes spasms in facial, neck, tongue, and larynx muscles
  • Blepharospasm - affects the eyelids
  • Hemifacial spasm - causes muscle contractions on one side of the face

Dystonia can also affect the hands and limbs, and sometimes also results from brain injuries due to trauma or a stroke.

Botox in Libertyville, Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Arboretum South Barrington and Crystal Lake, IL

For more information on Botox treatment for muscle spasms, contact Northwest Neurology by calling (847) 882-6604 to schedule an appointment in Libertyville, or any of our other convenient locations: Lake Barrington (847) 882-6604; Rolling Meadows (847) 882-6604; Arboretum South Barrington (847) 882-6604; and Crystal Lake (847) 882-6604.

By Northwest Neurology
January 13, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Multiple Sclerosis   MS  

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system. Although there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, treatments are available to multiple sclerosisreduce severity and delay progression. Northwest Neurology--located in Lake Barrington, Crystal Lake, Rolling Meadows, South Barrington and Libertyville, IL--offers state-of-the-art treatments for multiple sclerosis. Here's everything you need to know about multiple sclerosis.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is an illness that impacts the brain and spinal cord, which make up the central nervous system. In multiple sclerosis, the immune system attacks the myelin sheath that protects the nerve fibers and causes communication problems between the brain and other parts of the body.

What Causes MS?

Doctors don’t know for sure what causes multiple sclerosis, but there are many things that seem to make the illness more likely. Smoking may increase your risk of multiple sclerosis. Individuals with certain genes also have higher chances of getting it. Some individuals may get multiple sclerosis after they have had a viral infection that makes their immune system stop working normally.

What Are the Signs of MS?

Multiple sclerosis symptoms may differ greatly from person to person. They may include numbness or weakness in one or more limbs, double vision, partial or complete loss of vision, slurred speech and tremor. In addition, individuals with multiple sclerosis often have fatigue, dizziness and problems with bowel and bladder function.

How is MS Diagnosed?

Multiple sclerosis is diagnosed by a patient's medical history, physical examination and tests such as MRI, and evoked potential tests. Other tests may be done to rule out other illnesses that may cause similar symptoms. Early detection may help prevent multiple sclerosis from progressing quickly.

What Treatments Are Available?

Multiple sclerosis treatment options include IV steroids, interferon injections and dimethyl fumarate. Medications are available to treat nearly all multiple sclerosis symptoms. To treat your multiple sclerosis, your Lake Barrington, Crystal Lake, Rolling Meadows, South Barrington and Libertyville doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes, physical therapy, yoga and other natural solutions to improve your health.

Take control of your MS symptoms. Call Northwest Neurology in Lake Barrington, Crystal Lake, Rolling Meadows, South Barrington and Libertyville, IL to schedule an appointment. Our state-of-the-art facility offers a full range of services for MS patients including diagnosis and treatment. Remember that incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control.

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