A Neurologist is a specialized doctor in diagnosing, treating, and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system including, but not limited to, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), concussion, epilepsy, migraine, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke. This specialism includes expertise in the physiology of the body’s nervous systems and its comprising blood vessels and tissue coverings.
What Does a Neurologist Treat?
Some of the conditions a neurologist treats are:
Since neurology deals with your brain and entire nervous system, there are many conditions that a neurologist can diagnose and treat. Many go on to study a specific subset of neurology after they finish their residency training.
A specialist might focus their training on:
Neurological Exam and Procedures
When you see the neurologist, they’ll talk with you about your medical history and your symptoms. You’ll also have a physical exam that focuses on your brain and nerves.
The neurologist may check your:
They may have a good idea of your diagnosis from the exam, but you’ll probably need other tests to confirm it. Depending on your symptoms, these might include:
Prepare for Your Neurologist Visit
It helps to prepare for your consultation:
The neurologist will probably give you a lot of information, so you may want to take notes. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re confused about something. Make sure you understand your diagnosis and treatment and any further steps you need to take.