The art and science of neurological disorders and injuries

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Neurology is the field of medicine that involves diagnosing and treating diseases of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. At Adena, our board-certified neurologists treat a full range of neurological conditions, including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuropathy and neuropathic pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stroke and TIA (also known as mini-strokes)
  • Tremors

Neurology services are available at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe — which has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center — as well as Greenfield Area Medical Center and Adena Pike Medical Center. Outpatient services are available at the Adena Health Pavilion in Chillicothe, health centers in Circleville, Jackson, Washington Court House and Waverly, along with the Medical Office Building in Greenfield.

Adena offers advanced diagnostic tools to ensure an accurate diagnosis of your condition. These technologies include:

Electroencephalography (EEGs). This painless test measures electrical signals, called impulses, in the brain. Electrodes are placed on your scalp and transmit information to a recording machine. Your doctor sees your brain’s electrical activity as wavy lines on a screen. This test helps your neurologist diagnose a number of conditions, including:

  • Seizures
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Head injuries
  • Tumors
  • Infections
  • Sleep disorders

An EEG also can be used to monitor the brain during brain surgery.

Electromyography (EMG). This procedure looks at the health of your muscles and the motor neurons, which are the cells that control your muscles. During this test, electrodes may be placed on your skin or needle electrodes may be inserted at various places. (Which method is used will depend on your symptoms.) Then, the electrodes send a small current of electricity into the body.

An EMG is used to diagnose:

  • Muscle disorders, such as muscular dystrophy
  • Nerve disorders, such as carpal tunnel
  • A herniated disk in the spine and other disorders of the nerve root

Nerve Conduction Study. This test is often part of an EMG and involves electrodes taped to the skin. The goal of the test is to determine how fast and strong the nerve signals are traveling between two points in the body. A nerve conduction study is used to diagnose problems with the nerves that lead away from brain and spinal cord. It’s commonly used to identify carpal tunnel syndrome.

The Neurologist at Adena perform an EMG/NCS which is a test to determine Orthopaedic diagnosis and is a part of the treatment plan before surgery. They also do consults on Orthopaedic and Spine patients for numbness, weakness, paresthesia and other ailments. Learn more about Orthopedics at Adena Health System. Or, learn more about the Adena Spine Center.

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