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1. Who is a neurologist?
A neurologist is a medical expert who treats conditions related to the central and peripheral nervous system, spinal cord and the brain.
2. What is the difference between a neurologist and a neurosurgeon?
Both neurologists and neurologists are trained to diagnose diseases of the nervous system which includes the brain and the spine. However, neurologists do not perform surgery, they can treat with medicines and refer to neurosurgeons.
3. What kind of illnesses do neurologists treat?
Neurologisists commonly treat disorders such as headaches, epilepsy, tremors, sleep disorders, Alzheimer's disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson's disease to name a few.
4. When should one visit a neurologist?
One should visit a neurologist if they have complaints of dizziness, consulvions, repeated headaches, migraines, or problems with vision, memory, gait and movement.
5. Who do neurologists work with?
Neurologists usually work in hospitals, out-patient clinics and some may even have their own private practice. Some neurologists may even be part of a team of physicians and surgeons of other specialities or even engage in research work.
Doctors who are specialized in examining, diagnosing, and treating diseases and disorders related to the nervous system are called Neurologists. Few of the central and peripheral nervous system diseases are seizures, brain stroke, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and myasthenia gravis.
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Neurologist:
It is recommended that an individual should visit Neurologist once a year to check the medical condition of the nervous system. However, if you are suffering from any central or peripheral nervous system diseases, then you must consult Neurologist once in 6 months.
If an individual suffers from traumatic disorders, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, brain stroke or any other disorders related to the central and peripheral nervous systems should consult Neurologists.
Following diseases or medical conditions can be treated by Neurologists.
Neurologists and Neurosurgeons are the doctors who are specialized in diagnosing and treating medical conditions related to the nervous system. However, Neurologists cannot perform surgeries whereas, Neurosurgeons can perform surgeries to treat the medical conditions of the nervous system.
Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder that causes abnormal brain activity and leads to unusual behavior, loss of awareness, and loss of sensations. Any type of epilepsy can be diagnosed and treated by Neurologists. Depending on the type of epilepsy, Neurologists can prescribe medications.
Loss of blood supply or bleeding in the brain leads to a stroke. This can happen due to damage to the brain or damage to the blood vessels of the brain. Neurologists can diagnose and treat stroke with the help of medications. In severe and emergency cases, Neurosurgeons may perform brain surgery to treat a brain stroke.
Individuals who suffer from a concussion can be treated by a General Physician with lifestyle modifications and medications. However, if the symptoms are not improving, then the patient may be referred to a Neurologist.
Neurologists are the doctors who are specialized in treating central and peripheral nervous system diseases through lifestyle modifications and medications. They cannot perform any surgeries and only Neurosurgeons are allowed to perform surgery.