Neurology is a branch of medicine specializing in disorders of the nervous system, including, but not limited to, the brain and the spinal cord. Neurologists are doctors who assess, diagnose, and treat the illnesses that affect, or originate in, the brain and central nervous system, as well as the peripheral nervous system, including the spinal cord. Several diagnostic tools can help neurologists in their findings.
These include the electroencephalogram (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT scans), and nerve-conduction studies. These diagnostics then supplement history-taking, physical examinations, and other relevant collateral information, all of which help our neurologists diagnose illnesses and treat them.
Among the numerous conditions neurologists are specially qualified to treat are:
- Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
- Headaches – including cluster, tension, migraine, etc.
- Neuromuscular disorders, such as multiple sclerosis
- Cerebrovascular incidents, including strokes and transient ischemic attacks (aka TIAs)
- Spinal cord disorders
- Autoimmune disorders
- Neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease
What happens in the initial visit with a neurologist?