Neurology is the branch of medicine specializing in the anatomy, function, and disorders of the nerves and nervous system, whether caused by disease or trauma. This includes diseases of the brain and spinal cord, as well as nerves and muscles.
Our dedicated physicians are trained to investigate, diagnose and treat neurological disorders. Committed to excellence, our physicians pledge to provide the highest quality neurological care serving both adults and adolescents. Patients throughout Alaska trust NCA to provide experienced, compassionate and personalized treatment.
- Office consultations and ongoing management
- Hospital consultations and ongoing management
- Hospital coverage
- Patient education handouts
- On-site neurodiagnostic testing
- Referral to sub-specialists in other areas when appropriate
To ensure quality and expedite patient care, we perform certain neurodiagnostic tests in the comfort and convenience of our office.
The following tests and procedures are performed in our office by either the physician or by the technician.
An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain through electrodes attached to the scalp. This is particularly useful for diagnosing seizures, it is also useful for diagnosing a number of other conditions. For more information about preparing for the EEG test, please visit the Test Preparation page.
For neurological conditions such as migraine, hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm, cervical dystonia and others.
VEP/Visual Evoked Potential
Evaluation of the visual system’s pathways from the eye to the brain, helpful in diagnosing disorders such as multiple sclerosis.
DBS/Deep Brain Stimulator Programming
This treatment uses a surgically implanted device, similar to a pacemaker, to deliver electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas on each side of the brain. Stimulation of these areas has been helpful in the treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia.
VNS/Vagus Nerve Stimulator Programming
VNS therapy is used for the treatment of seizures. This involves the surgical implantation of a device similar to a cardiac pacemaker in the chest, which electrically stimulates of the vagus nerve in the neck.
Nerve Conduction Studies/NCS
This procedure utilizes electrical stimulation of the nerves to record nerve conduction velocity and other parameters. This procedure is usually followed by an EMG. For more information about preparing for the Nerve Conduction test, please visit the Test Preparation page.
Insertion of a very small needle electrode into various muscles to record electrical activity from those muscles. This test is helpful in diagnosing a wide variety of nerve and muscle disorders. For more information about preparing for the EMG test, please visit the Test Preparation page.
Occipital Nerve Blocks
This injection consists of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication next to the greater and lesser occipital nerves, which are located just beneath the scalp in the back of the head. It is most often used for treatment of Occipital Neuralgia and Cervicogenic headache.
Trigger Point Injections
TPI is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. Many times, such knots can be felt under the skin. Trigger points may irritate the nerves around them and cause referred pain, or pain that is felt in another part of the body.
Neuropsychological screening for problems with memory and psychomotor processing.