Watson Clinic Neurologists serve the areas of Tampa, Orlando & Central Florida and specialize in the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. They are skilled in diagnosing and treating the many diverse disorders related to the nervous system, including stroke, headache, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, tumors, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and more.
Neurologists also provide diagnosis and treatment of various sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, chronic snoring, and narcolepsy. Watson Clinic operates the only certified sleep disorders lab in the area.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted, or when a vessel leaks blood in or around the brain. Damage to the brain begins to take place the moment a stroke begins, so remaining aware of the potential symptoms and hazards of a stroke are crucial.
The signs of an oncoming stroke may include numbness or weakness in the face, limbs, or on one side of the body, confusion, lack of cognitive skills, obscured vision, trouble walking or maintaining balance and a severe headache accompanied by nausea or vomiting.
Fast treatment can put an end to a stroke, but a clot-busting medication must be administered within three hours of a stroke’s onset to potentially prevent debilitating effects. Today, quick treatment can stop most strokes as they're occurring. If you get to the hospital fast, you may be able to walk out of it later with little or no disability.
Risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, smoking, heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and a personal or family history.
There are many warning signs that signal the presence of a tumor, including severe headaches, seizures, vision or hearing changes, facial numbness, personality alterations, or paralysis. Of course, any or all of these symptoms may speak to a disorder unrelated to a tumor. A detailed examination will often be followed by a neuroimaging test, which is performed among Watson Clinic’s inventory of state-of-the-art technologies such as MRI, CT, CTA, SPEC, and PET. If a tumor is detected, the course of treatment may involve surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of the three.
Close to a million people are living with Parkinson’s disease in the United States. Many aspects of this degenerative movement disorder remain a mystery, and a cure has not yet been found. Yet there are a series of medications and treatments available that work to minimize its potentially debilitating symptoms.
Parkinson’s is characterized by the loss of important nerve cells in the brain. These cells produce dopamine, which is a chemical that helps to control movement and coordination. When this dopamine production decreases, your motor skills are greatly affected.
The most common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are trembling or stiffness of the limbs, slowness of movement, changes in posture, speech and handwriting, and lack of balance and muscle coordination. Each of these symptoms in and of themselves likely do not signal Parkinson’s. That’s why it’s important to be evaluated by a physician with specialized knowledge of the disease.
Diagnosing the disease
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, and have concerns that they may indicate Parkinson’s, you should consult with your physician about receiving a proper diagnosis. The disease is diagnosed following a careful investigation into your medical history and a through neurological examination. Certain tests may be performed to rule out other root causes of your symptoms, which may include heart attack, stroke, or thyroid and liver disorders.
Activities such as increased exercise, healthy diet and physical therapy can be helpful at any stage of the disease to maintain or enhance mobility and strength. Since the disease frequently disrupts balance, an occupational therapist may be consulted to train the patient on various walking and movement techniques that help in avoiding falls. Furniture may be rearranged to accommodate more efficient travel around the house. The therapist may also assist patients with additional training on daily living activities, such as dressing, bathing or eating. Tai chi is also beneficial, and is incorporated into the treatments offered by our physical therapists.
Several medications may be prescribed, some of which activate dopamine production or mimic its effects in your brain, and others that help to minimize side effects, such as tremors. In extreme cases, neurologic surgery may be recommended.
Watson Clinic’s Sleep Disorders Center is headed by neurologists Dr. Eberto Pineiro and Dr. Daniel Traviesa, along with pulmonologist Dr. Eric Lipson and a team of specially trained technicians. One of the first sleeps labs established in the state, and one of the few in the area to be accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the sleep center treats common conditions such as sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and additional sleep-related disorders.
Additional technologies available through Watson Clinic’s neurology department include deep brain stimulation, electroencephalogram (EEG), which is a test used to diagnose epilepsy, and an electromyogram (EMG), a diagnostic test used to determine the exact nature of a neurological issue.
For those suffering from constant and continuous migraines, there are many new options available through the Neurology department. Experts from the department are using BOTOX®
, the popular cosmetic injectable, as a treatment option for chronic migraines. Typically administered once every three months over a 15-month period, Botox injections work to relieve the common symptoms of chronic migraine, including sensitivity to light and nausea. Injections are made at the bridge of the nose, forehead, temples, neck and upper back. Candidates are those who experience more than 15 migraine headaches a month, and do not find relief from prescription medications. Botox has proven much more versatile in its medical applications than commonly believed. In addition to the traditional employment of Botox for cosmetic rejuvenation through the facial plastic surgery
and plastic surgery
departments, it is also used by Watson Clinic gynecologists
to treat bladder control issues
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