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.
As the name suggests, neurology deals with the study of the nervous system. A neurologist diagnoses and treats conditions that affect the spinal cord, brain and nerves such as recurring headaches, a stroke, neurodegenerative disorders, infections of the nervous system, seizures, language and speech disorders or spinal cord disorders. Neurologists do not usually perform surgery and generally work with hospitals.
Some of the reasons you may want to consult a neurologist are:
Chronic pain in the head and neck area
Numbness or a tingling sensation in the hands and feet
Tremors, rigidity or other such issues with movement of limbs
Sudden loss of vision
Some of the specialties of neurology are autonomic disorders, dementia, concussions, neuro rehabilitation, neuro otology, neuro oncology, neuro behaviour, neurointerventional radiology, neurogenetics and movement disorders.
Neurologists can charge between Rs 400 ad Rs 800 for a consultation.
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The most common procedures performed by a neurologist are:
Lumbar Puncture or Spinal Tap
This is a diagnostic procedure used to collect fluid around the spine and the brain. The doctor will insert a long needle into the spine in the lumbar region to collect a sample of cerebrospinal fluid. This procedure is used to diagnose conditions that affect the brain and spine as well as deliver medication.
This is a procedure that helps evaluate and record how fast and how well nerves in the body can send electrical signals. This test is performed with the help of an electrodiagnostic medicine technique known as electromyography. IT can be helpful in diagnosing conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and muscular dystrophy.
This is the name of an intravenous injection that is given to prolong muscle stimulation and block the action of an important neurotransmitter. The neurologist will then note the muscle strength showcased during this test to indicate the existence of neurological conditions such as myasthenia gravis.
This is a neurological test that records and measures the electrical activity going on in the brain. This test involves placing electrical sensors connected to a computer on the patient’s head. This records the activity in the brain and gives the results in the form of a graph.
Also known as a Polysomnogram, a sleep study monitors brain activity and physiological activity while a person sleeps.