The general neurologists at Torrance Memorial Medical Center offer expert care for a full range of neurological conditions. Our affiliation with the neurology team at Cedars-Sinai — which is ranked among the best hospitals in the nation for neurology care by U.S. News & World Report — means that our patients have access to the most advanced treatment options.

What is General Neurology?

General neurology refers to the diagnosis and treatment of all types of neurological conditions, including:

Our general neurologists can provide comprehensive care for a full range of neurological conditions. However, if your neurological disorder requires subspecialty management or surgical treatment, our general neurologists will refer you to a neurologist or neurosurgeon who specializes in your condition for further care.

Symptoms

Different neurological conditions have different symptoms. Common symptoms of neurological conditions include:

  • Balance or coordination problems
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Headaches
  • Hearing problems
  • Memory problems
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Problems with walking
  • Problems with swallowing
  • Seizures
  • Sleep problems
  • Speech problems
  • Tingling sensations
  • Tremors
  • Vision problems

Diagnosis

Our general neurology team will review your medical history and perform diagnostic tests to diagnose your neurological condition. Diagnostic tests may include:

  • Neurological exams. Neurological exams will differ based on your age, but older children and adults will be asked to answer questions and complete simple tasks to test movement, muscle condition, the function of each of the senses, and general neurological well-being. Imaging tests.
  • Imaging tests such as a CT (computed tomography) scan or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan take highly detailed pictures to find abnormalities in your brain.
  • Blood and urine tests. Your doctor may order blood or urine tests to check for signs of neurological disorders.
  • Vision and hearing tests. Some neurological conditions affect vision and hearing, so your doctor may order vision and hearing tests to learn more about the extent of your symptoms and diagnose a neurological condition.
  • Biopsy. A biopsy involves collecting a sample of tumor tissue and testing it to determine if the tumor is cancerous or benign.
  • Electromyography (EMG). An EMG test involves stimulating your nerves and measuring muscle response or electrical activity in your muscles.
  • Electroencephalography (EEG). An EEG measures electrical activity in your brain.
  • Nerve conduction studies (NCS). An NCS, which also may be called a nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test, is used to identify nerve damage and measures how quickly an electrical impulse travels through your nerve to your muscle.
  • Lumbar puncture. A lumbar puncture, also called a spinal tap, involves removing a sample of your cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from around your spinal cord and testing it to check for abnormalities.

Treatment

Our general neurologists provide comprehensive treatment based on your condition, symptoms, needs, and preferences. Treatment may include medications, lifestyle changes, and other therapies to help you maintain the best possible quality of life. As part of our multidisciplinary approach to neurological care, our general neurologists work closely with other medical specialists — including your primary care physician, mental health professionals, social workers, and physical, occupational, behavioral, and speech therapists — to support your physical and mental well-being. If you require neurosurgery or more advanced neurological care, our general neurologists will refer you to one of our subspecialists or neurosurgeons for further treatment.