Neurological Exams

Family Practice & Primary Care Practice located in Sugar Land, TX

If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms that affect the nervous system, such as headaches, muscle weakness, or memory loss, the experts at Voss Family Clinic in Sugar Land, Texas, conduct comprehensive neurological exams. These tests evaluate your neurofunction, allowing the team to issue an accurate diagnosis and ensure treatment begins as soon as possible. Call the clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more. 

Neurological Exams Q&A

What are neurological exams?

Neurological exams evaluate your nervous system and how well it functions. The nervous system is a complex structure that includes the brain, spinal cord, and thousands of connected nerves that regulate sensation, digestion, blood pressure, and other vital functions that keep you alive.

If you experience signs of a neurofunctional problem, a comprehensive exam can help identify the cause and ensure you receive proper treatment. 

What conditions can neurological exams test for?

Neurological exams can test for many conditions that affect the nervous system. Your provider may schedule an exam if you suffer an injury, are exposed to environmental toxins, or show signs of a neurological condition that runs in your family.

Common signs of neurological disorders include:

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Migraines 
  • Neuropathy (nerve damage)
  • Seizures disorders (such as epilepsy)
  • Motor neuron diseases (such as ALS)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Autism spectrum disorder 
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Sleep disorders (such as narcolepsy)
  • Dysautonomia and other autonomic dysfunction disorders

Early intervention can help slow the progression of neurological disorders. The sooner you seek a comprehensive evaluation and treatment, the better the outcome.

Who should consider neurological exams?

Neurological disorders are challenging to diagnose. Symptoms tend to develop over time and may not seem significant at first. Signs you may need a neurological exam include:

  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the limbs
  • Persistent headaches or migraines
  • Dizziness 
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Loss of balance
  • Coordination problems 
  • Hearing loss 
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty walking
  • Seizures 
  • Vision problems 
  • Speech difficulties 
  • Cognitive problems, such as memory loss, confusion, or difficulty concentrating
  • Mood changes
  • Sleep disturbances or abnormal sleep patterns

Autonomic dysfunction, such as sweating, loss of bladder or bowel control, or changes in heart rate, can also signal neurological problems.

What happens during neurological exams?

How your Voss Family Clinic provider conducts a neurological exam depends on your symptoms. For example, an autonomic nerve test focuses on your body’s involuntary functions, such as respiration, temperature, and blood pressure.

The most common tests to evaluate autonomic nerve function include:

  • Tilt table test (measures heart rate and blood pressure)
  • Cardiovascular reflex test (evaluates heart function)
  • Sudomotor test (assesses sweating)
  • Quantitative sensory test (evaluates sensitivity to touch and other sensations)

After a comprehensive consultation, your provider can determine the appropriate neurological test to examine your symptoms.

Call the Voss Family Clinic office or use the online booking tool to schedule a neurological exam today.