PacMed Neurology – Northgate
Promoting Brain and Nervous System Health
Neurology is a specialty that focuses on diseases and disorders of the brain and nervous system. A neurologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of problems involving the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Neurologists complete four years of medical school and then complete a one-year internship and then a three-year residency in the specialty.
Neurological disorders strike an estimated 50 million Americans each year. These conditions can affect movement, speech, memory, senses, swallowing, breathing, and many other functions of the body. Some conditions that may require treatment by a neurologist include Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, migraine, sleep disorders, seizure disorders, problems with muscle control or movement, traumatic brain injury and stroke.
Neurologists use special tests like brain scans or sound waves to look at brain activity or blood flow. They might measure electrical activity in the brain, muscles, or nerves. These exams help the neurologist understand what might be wrong. Neurologists at Pacific Medical Center may consult with your primary care physician about your diagnosis and treatment. They may also refer you to a surgeon when appropriate.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring the following items to make the most of your time with the doctor:
- ID and insurance cards
- Your co-pay
- Any X-rays and labs from outside the PacMed/Swedish/Providence network
- A list of your questions and symptoms.
Please plan to arrive 20 minutes early to park and check in. Read more details on how to prepare for your visit.
CHECK YOUR COVERAGE
To avoid financial surprises, we recommend calling your insurance before your visit to check your coverage for:
- Pacific Medical Centers
- The provider you’re seeing
- The services or procedures you are coming in for.
It’s good to ask your insurance whether our clinic and provider are in network and what your financial responsibility might be.
If you or a family member are active or retired military, you may be eligible for the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP).
USFHP is TRICARE prime option offering top-quality civilian medical care. USFHP is sponsored by the Department of Defense and has been administered in our region by PacMed for over 30 years.
Call 800.585.5883 to learn more or enroll in the US Family Health Plan (USFHP).