Neurology is the study of the nervous system and the diseases associated with this system, which includes the brain, the spinal cord and nerves. Disorders such as epilepsy, encephalitis, and tumors of the brain or spinal cord all fall under the neurologist’s area of expertise. Indications of neurological problems may include increased sensitivity in the neck or back, sudden behavior changes, or the onset of balance issues, weakness and/or lameness of limbs.

A crucial component of the diagnosis and therapeutic planning for neurologic disease involves imaging of the nervous system. At Pieper Memorial, our board-certified neurologist, Dr. Hammond, will be able to offer advanced diagnostics such as magnetic resonance imaging with our own, in-house high field MRI unit. Other diagnostic aids include in-house CT, digital radiography and myelography, cerebrospinal (CSF) analysis and nerve and muscle biopsy. These diagnostic resources are used in conjunction with a thorough neurological examination to diagnose conditions of the nervous system.

Frequently Asked Questions

Neurological Diseases

  • Seizure Disorders
  • Disc Herniation (causing damage to the spinal cord)
  • Spinal Cord Disease (causing weakness and paralysis)
  • Muscle Disorders
  • Brain Disorders (including malformations, trauma and tumors)
  • Vestibular Disturbances (loss of balance, inner ear infections, etc.),
  • Nerve Disease
  • Neck and Back Pain Lumbosacral Disorders (which can result in pain, urinary or fecal incontinence, and impaired tail movement)