Dr. Maria Dolgovina provides the following neurological services and diagnostic studies:
Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies
Nerves control the muscles in the body using electrical impulses. Whenever a muscles contract (tenses up) in response to a signal from the brain, it also produce an electrical discharge of its own. Electromyography (EMG) measures the electrical discharges made by the muscles. Nerve conduction studies (nerve conduction velocity) measure how well individual nerves can transmit electrical signals.
Measuring the electrical activity in muscles and nerves can help detect the presence, location, and extent of diseases that can damage muscle tissue (such as muscular dystrophy) or nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). In the case of nerve injury, the actual site of nerve damage can often be located. EMG and nerve conduction studies are often done together to provide more complete information.
Electroencephalography (EEG) records the electrical activity of the brain. Sensors (electrodes) are attached to your head and connected by wires to a computer. The computer records your brain’s electrical activity on paper as wavy lines. Certain brain abnormalities can be detected by observing changes in the normal pattern of the brain’s electrical activity.
Evoked Potential Tests
Evoked potential tests measure electrical activity in certain areas of the brain in response to stimulation of certain groups of nerves. These tests are often used to assist in the diagnosis of MS because they can indicate problems along the pathways of certain nerves that are too subtle to be noticed or found on a doctor’s exam. Problems along the nerve pathways are a direct result of the disease. The demyelization causes the nerve impulses to be slowed, garbled, or halted altogether.
Electronystagmography (ENG) is a series of tests that evaluate how well the eyes, inner ears, and brain help a person maintain balance and a sense of position (such as being able to distinguish standing up from lying down). ENG is done to help determine whether damage to the structures or nerves in the inner ear or brain is causing dizziness or vertigo. Electronystagmography measures certain involuntary eye movements called nystagmus. These eye movements occur normally when the head is moved. However, spontaneous or prolonged nystagmus may be associated with certain conditions that affect the nerves or structures of the inner ear or brain.
Migraine headaches are one of the most common types of headaches. Migraine headaches are severe, usually one-sided, throbbing headaches that often occur with nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light or sound. The cause of migraine headaches is unclear. They belong to a class of headache sometimes referred to as benign headaches. These types of headaches are considered benign because they are not caused by a tumor, aneurysm, or other underlying medical disorder. Benign headaches may be mild or severe, occur occasionally or frequently, and last a couple of hours or several days. However, they are not caused by an underlying medical condition.
When an underlying medical condition is causing headaches, the condition is usually a fairly common problem, such as strain or arthritis in the neck, a dental problem, or a sinus infection. Very few headaches are actually caused by a serious medical condition. More than 50% of people who have migraine headaches have never been accurately diagnosed and so do not receive effective treatment. Treatment and management of migraine headaches may involve medication as well as a combination of other therapies, such as stress management, exercise, preventive physical therapy, relaxation therapy, acupuncture. Treatments that combine other approaches with limited use of medication are often successful. People who have frequent headaches may need treatment to help prevent their headaches, so that they do not need to rely on the frequent use of pain relievers.
Dr. Maria Dolgovina, offers diagnosis and treatment of general neurological conditions and disorders. She brings together extensive clinical experience, compassion, and state-of-the-art equipment in addressing your neurological needs. Dr. Dolgovina takes pride in encouraging each and every patient to play a vital role in their treatment.
Our Neurological Staff understands the importance of giving each patient the attention and care they would offer friends and family in time of need. Our mission is- improving the level of health care in our community, our way is -putting our patients needs first and making a trip to the doctor as pleasant as possible.
When to consult a Neurologist:
- Back, Neck, Arms, Leg, Pain
- Memory Loss
- Numbness in the Limbs
- Difficulty Walking
Neurologists are specialized in treating disorders of the nervous system, which include diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. Some of the more common conditions that a neurologist diagnoses and treats are as follows:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Back pain
- Bell’s palsy
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic pain
- Giant cell arteritis
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Headaches / migraine
- Movement disorders
- Myalgia / Myositis
- Myasthenia gravis
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Seizures (epilepsy)
- Tumors (of the nervous system)
Dr. Dolgovina’s office also offers: physical therapy, acupuncture and pain management services, under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist, licensed acupuncturist and board certified anesthesiologist, to her patients.
Our entire staff is dedicated to providing personal and attentive care in a comfortable and professional environment. For our patients convenience members of our staff are able to communicate in: Russian, Polish, Romanian, Hebrew, and Spanish. Please contact us to set up an appointment or to learn more about our practice.