Who are Neurologists?
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.
What are the qualifications of Neurologists?
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, the following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Neurologist:
- DNB - Neurosurgery
- CCT - Neurology
- Fellowship in Neurological Rehabilitation
- Ph.D. - Neurology
- MCh - Neuro Surgery
- DM - Neurology
- MD - Neurology (USA)
- Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
- MNAMS - Neurology
- DNB - Neurology
Should a Neurologist be consulted after a Concussion?
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.
What surgeries can be performed by Neurologists?
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 Neurosurgeons are allowed to perform surgery.
What will a Neurologist do on a patient's first visit?
At the time of the first appointment, a Neurologist will perform a physical examination and Neurological examinations such as muscle strength, reflexes, and coordination of the reflexes. As the many Neurological conditions have similar effects, more tests are needed to make an accurate diagnosis.
What are the components of the Neurological examination?
There are 7 categories in a Neurological examination and they are as follows:
- Mental status
- Cranial nerves
- Motor system
- Sensory system
- Station and gait
The exam should be approached systematically and establish a routine so that anything is not left out.
What are the most common nervous system disorders?
The problems or complications of the brain and nervous system are the same and the most common Neurological disorders are:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
What are the signs and symptoms of Neurological conditions?
Most common signs and symptoms of Neurological conditions are:
- Sudden onset of headache
- Change in the headache or different kind of pain
- Numbness and tingling
- Loss or weakness of muscles
- Loss of sight
- Double vision
- Memory loss
- Mental ability impaired
- Lack of coordination
- Muscle rigidity
- Seizures and tremors
- Back pain radiating to a different area
- Slurred speech
- Language impairment