St. Lawrence Health


Comprehensive Neurological Care in Northern New York

Offering compassionate diagnosis, management, and treatment of conditions and diseases of the brain and nervous system, St. Lawrence Health has the most comprehensive neurology care in Northern New York. Focused on you, our experts will carefully create a personalized treatment plan to ensure seamless neurologic care.

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Primary Stroke Center

Primary Stroke CenterCanton-Potsdam Hospital is a DNV-certified Primary Stroke Center.

As a Primary Stroke Center, CPH focuses on improving stroke care for the community. Special procedures are in place to give patients fast and appropriate treatment when they come to the Hospital with stroke symptoms. The Stroke Center personnel work as a team with different healthcare professionals, such as emergency medicine providers, neurologists, radiologists, hospitalists, pharmacists, nurses, therapists, and technicians.

It is crucial for everyone, including the average citizen, to know the signs of a stroke and understand the importance of acting quickly. Stroke symptoms can include sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body. The acronym for "BE FAST" is a commonly used tool for recognizing the signs of a stroke. Each letter in the acronym represents a specific symptom to look for:

B - Balance: Sudden loss of balance or coordination
E - Eyes: Sudden vision changes or trouble seeing in one or both eyes
F - Face: Sudden weakness or drooping on one side of the face
A - Arms: Sudden weakness or numbness in one arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
S - Speech: Sudden difficulty speaking or slurred speech
T - Time: Time is of the essence

Neurology Services

Our specially trained neurologists can diagnose complex conditions through a detailed medical history and physical examination, including testing your mental status, vision, speech, strength, sensation, coordination, reflexes, and gait. Working one-on-one with each patient, we put our expertise to work ensuring we accurately diagnose your disorder.

Neurology disorders we diagnose and treat: 

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Concussion
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke

If you are struggling with a neurological disorder or suspect you have one, please schedule a consultation today.

Diagnosis and Treatments

Our neurology experts use the latest and most technologically advanced imaging equipment to accurately diagnose and treat a wide range of neurological disorders. Our diagnostic services include:

  • Angiography
  • Biopsies
  • Blood tests
  • CT scan
  • EEG (electroencephalography)
  • EMG (electromyography)
  • Lab tests
  • MRIs
  • PET (Positron emission tomography) 
  • SPECT (Single photo-emission computed tomography)
  • Spinal taps
  • Urinalysis

With the help of these diagnostic tools, the neurology experts at St. Lawrence Health will create a treatment plan for your neurological disorder and provide the best possible care. In some cases, we may collaborate with our colleagues in departments across the Rochester Regional Health healthcare system.

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