Neurology & Sleep Medicine

Your body is a complex biochemical and bio-mechanical machine made up of many different organs and systems. And your neurologic system plays a central role in all of them. That’s because your nerves are, in essence, how your brain and spinal cord communicate with the rest of your body. For that reason, when you have a suspected neurologic problem, it is extremely important to be evaluated thoroughly and by a highly trained, highly experienced neurology specialist. Dr. Arun B. Rajan, a certified neurologist has over a decade of experience and provides the level of diagnostic excellence and effective treatment that patients and physicians depend on. From headaches and sleep disorders to epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and even the most challenging neurologic disorders, Dr. Rajan has the advanced training and capabilities to help improve your condition – and your quality of life. At the same time, we provide highly thorough, attentive and individualized care. These are some of the many reasons why over 50 area physicians trust Dr. Rajan for their patients’ neurologic care. Please read on to learn more.

Exceptional Credentials.

When you’re being cared for by a highly trained and experienced medical professional, you can rest assured that you’re in the best of hands. Dr. Arun B. Rajan has the medical credentials that inspire confidence. In addition to being board-certified, he has completed many years of residency and subspecialty fellowship training. Dr. Rajan is also an active member of some of the most respected organizations in their field.

Through ongoing research, academic involvement and continuing education, Dr. Rajan has helped improve the way neurology is practiced in and around N. Dartmouth. Dr. Rajan has helped thousands of patients get the care they need for their neurologic problems.

About the body’s neurological system.

The neurological system is your means of receiving input from various body parts and the outside world. It consists of two parts: the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral nervous system (all other nerve structures). There are conditions that can simultaneously affect both the central and peripheral nervous systems. In addition, there are neurological disorders which can affect the peripheral nerves and muscles exclusively. They are called peripheral neuropathies and their symptoms include pain, tingling, burning and numbness in the feet or hands. This can be caused by diabetes, trauma, infection or exposure to toxins and metabolic disorders. In some cases, neuropathies can also affect the muscle to which they attach, causing cramps, twitching, pain, weakness along with problems involving joints and movement. There are also conditions which affect muscles exclusively, which could result in pain, weakness, shortness of breath, fatigue and even cardiac abnormalities. At Prime Medical Associates, our specialized training and years of experience have given us the expertise and confidence to diagnose and treat patient with these complicated neurological disorders. In addition, we have established referral relationships with regional academic neurological institutions should you require specialized diagnostic studies and/or treatment protocols.

Uncompromising Care.

Your care at Prime Medical Associates starts with a health history and discussion of your symptoms with Dr. Rajan. This will be followed by a comprehensive exam and necessary in-office diagnostic tests. You’ll be glad to know that Dr. Rajan can perform the majority of tests in the comfort and convenience of their office. These include:

ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY (EEG) – This test helps identify and evaluate the cause of seizures and can help diagnose a stroke and intracranial lesions such as an abscess or tumors. EEG is also used to evaluate brain wave activity in persons with brain or spinal cord infections and head injury.
amBulatoRy electroencephalography – This portable and lightweight device is used to record EEG tracings on a cassette or digital recorder on a continuous outpatient basis.

ELECTROMYOGRAPHY (EMG) – This test is performed to diagnose neuromuscular diseases, degenerative nerve diseases and primary muscle disorders such as muscular dystrophy.

NERVE CONDUCTION VELOCITY (NCV) TESTS – An NCV study is performed to diagnose nerve damage or destruction and to evaluate nerve disease.

CAROTID AND TRANSCRANSCRANIAL DOPPLER ULTRASOUND – This diagnostic exam measures blood flowing through the carotid arteries at the base of the brain and assesses the risk of stroke and vascular disease.

SLEEP STUDIES – Prime Medical Associates is equipped with a two room onsite sleep lab and today’s latest digital diagnostic equipment for an accurate and detailed sleep study.

OTHER EXAMS – If Dr. Rajan determines that you need an additional diagnostic exam such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), computed tomography (CT) or computed tomography angiography (CTA), you will be referred to a medical imaging center that is conveniently located less than one mile from Prime Medical Associates. Laboratory tests and genetic testing may also be performed.

Physician-to-Physician Collaboration.
Dr. Rajan will send a written report of his findings to your referring doctor within one workweek; urgent findings will be provided immediately. In addition, we will keep your doctor updated throughout your care and always be available to discuss your case, if needed.

Effective Solutions for many Conditions.
Dr. Rajan will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs. And he will explain everything to you in simple, easy-to-understand terms and answer any questions you have. The neurologic-related problems and conditions our doctors treat include:
• Epilepsy & seizures
• Neuromuscular disease
• Stroke
• Dementia (Parkinson’s disease & Alzheimer’s disease)
• Multiple sclerosis
• Sleep disorders
• Headaches & chronic migraines
• Vertigo & balance disorders

Putting your convenience first.
When your doctor refers you to Prime Medical Associates, we see you as quickly as possible, and our friendly, knowledgeable staff treats you with kindness and respect when you come in for your appointment. Here are the many other ways we put your
convenience first:
• Most insurance accepted & filed
• Same-day appointments available
• Secure online patient forms & electronic medical records
• Visa & MasterCard accepted
• Patients seen promptly
• Handicapped-accessible parking & office

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Prime Medical Associates today at (508) 993-9760.