What is a Neurologist?

A neurologist is a specialist that mainly focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Since the human body is so complicated, there are many various types of medical specializations. Neurologists are professionals who already completed further training beyond the graduate program and specialize in the therapy of nervous system issues. The central nervous system consists of the spine and brain, as well as the nerves that send information from the brain to the muscles.

What Exactly Does a Neurologist Do?

A neurologist addresses any condition that affects the brain or spinal cord, including such :

  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Headache
  • Encephalitis or meningitis
  • Migraine
  • Epilepsy
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuromuscular illnesses that are degenerative or inherited
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Spinal cord disease
  • Parkinsons disease
  • Dementia

A multidisciplinary team is usually involved in treatment. Neurologists and their teams may conduct the following tests:

  • CT scan
  • Blood tests
  • Lumbar puncture
  • MRI

Medications can help with a variety of diseases, and they can either control or cure the disease. That said, the support and rehabilitation services provided by a multidisciplinary team are generally the backbone of treatment.

What to anticipate during your first neurologist appointment?

Your neurology specialist will initially inquire about your symptoms, previous medical issues, drugs, former treatments, and their effects, allergies, and family medical history.

Your neurology specialist would then do a neurological exam to examine all of the brain and nerve functioning in the body.

The neurologist will normally start by asking some broad questions to evaluate how well your ‘higher centers’ are working. Orientation, focus, and problem-solving will all be part of this.

The specialist will then examine the cranial nerves or nerves in the head. Your eyes, face, tongue, lips, ears, and neck will be examined.

The upper limbs are next tested for tone, power, reflexes, sensation, and coordination. Lastly, the lower limbs are checked for tone, power, reflexes, sensitivity, and coordination.

Based on this evaluation, your neurology specialist will have a good understanding of what the likely scenario is, how serious it is, and how to investigate and then treat it. Denovo Healthcare’s neuroscience specialists diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases affecting your brain, spine, and nervous system. Please contact us to schedule a neurology consultation with one of our specialists.