What is a Neurologist?
What type of training does a Neurologist have?
- A Neurologist is a Medical Doctor, specialized in the study of the Nervous System.
- The field of Neurology includes the study of diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and muscles.
- After 4 years of college and 4 years of medical school, a Neurologist obtains specialty training in the field of “Neurology”. This includes 4 years of Neurology Residency, during which time the “Neurology skills” are fine tuned.
What disorders are treated by a Neurologist?
- Some common “symptoms” evaluated by a Neurologist include: headaches, neck pain, lower back pain, weakness, sleep problems etc.
- Some common disorders diagnosed and treated by a Neurologist include: Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Alzheimer’s, migraine headaches, “pinched nerve”, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy, ALS, Myasthenia Gravis, Polymyositis, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and Seizures.
How does a Neurologist evaluate a patient?
- A Neurologist will obtain a detailed neurological history and a detailed neurological exam to better understand your condition.
- The Neurological exam is probably very different from any previous medical exam you might have undertaken.
- This evaluation process may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 60 minutes.
What tests might be ordered by the Neurologist?
- After the evaluation, some diagnostic tests may be ordered, such as : blood tests, MRI, CT scan, EMG-NCS, Sleep Studies, EEG, VNG, Ultrasounds, or Neuropsychology tests – to name a few.
How is a diagnosis made?
- After reviewing the results of the diagnostic tests, in conjunction with the neurological evaluation, a diagnosis will be made, and a treatment plan will be recommended.
- This evaluation process may take numerous visits, over a period of 4-8 weeks. Please do not expect a firm diagnosis on your first visit.