Neurology

Neurologists are medical doctors who treat patients with problems relating to their central nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nervous system, and the autonomic nervous system. These neurology specialists are able to offer treatments and procedures for a wide variety of disorders and diseases, including epilepsy, strokes, brain injuries, and headaches.

At Orthopaedic Associates, our neurologist, Dr. Michael Shawbitz, is a recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of neurology-related injuries and conditions, including migraines, brain injuries, and nerve injuries. Our neurologist has extensive training in providing neurological and spine care and is dedicated to providing you with the specialized, compassionate care you need to become stronger.

Expert Neurological Care for a Stronger You

During a neurological exam, our neurologist will ask the patient details about their neurology-related disorder or disease, such as a stroke or multiple sclerosis. Our doctor may also request additional diagnostic tests, such as an electroencephalogram (EEG) or magnetic resonance imaging, to better understand the disorder or disease. Once he determines the diagnosis, our neurology specialist will create an individualized treatment plan specific to the patient's needs.

When our neurologist develops a treatment plan for a patient with a neurology-related disorder or disease, his first step is always to consider nonoperative treatments first. Our neurologist is highly skilled in neurology and is considered an expert in the following neurological procedures and techniques:

  • Electrodiagnostic studies
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Nerve conduction velocity studies

Although every patient is unique, oftentimes there is a nonsurgical treatment option that can improve the impact of the neurology-related condition or disease. However, sometimes the patient's disorder will not respond to nonsurgical options or becomes so problematic that surgery is recommended as the best choice.

If surgery is determined to be the best option for you, our neurologist will refer you to one of our board-certified or specialty-trained surgeons who will work with you to create a surgical treatment plan that is right for your injury or condition. Our surgical team is equipped with state-of-the-art technology as well as the knowledge and surgical skills needed to treat your neurology-related problem and get you on the road to becoming stronger.

Signs You May Have a Neurological Disorder

Common signs and symptoms you may be experiencing if you have a neurological disorder or injury relating to the nervous system include:

  • Changes in vision
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Paralysis
  • Slurred speech
  • Tremors
  • Trouble sleeping

If you are experiencing any of the above for more than a few days or if any of them are getting worse, make an appointment to see a doctor or surgeon specializing in neurology. The neurologist may diagnose you with one of the following disorders or diseases:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Brain injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Concussion
  • Epilepsy
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Nerve injury
  • Neuropathy
  • Seizures
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury

Orthopaedic Associates: The Strength of Experience

At Orthopaedic Associates, we are regional experts committed to providing patient-centered care. When you are seen by one of our experienced orthopaedic providers or doctors—from our neurologist and spine doctors to our physical therapists and physician assistants—you can rest assured that you are receiving treatment from an experienced orthopaedic provider who is highly skilled in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

As a team, our goal is to help you, educate you, care for you, and treat you with the same high level of care and respect we would want for a member of our own family. Throughout your entire orthopaedic experience, we will be by your side for every step—from your first appointment to your last.

If you are ready to start your journey to a stronger you with less or no pain, take the first step by calling us today at 850-863-2153 or by using the button below. We offer four convenient locations: Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville, and Panama City.

Our Regional Neurologist Experts