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, the following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Neurologist:
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 Neurosurgeons are allowed to perform surgery.
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.
There are 7 categories in a Neurological examination and they are as follows:
The exam should be approached systematically and establish a routine so that anything is not left out.
The problems or complications of the brain and nervous system are the same and the most common Neurological disorders are:
Most common signs and symptoms of Neurological conditions are: