Neurological Specialist Questions and Answers
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Neurology is a branch of medicine that consists of the study and treatment of various disorders and illnesses involving the nervous system. In humans, there is both a central and peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord, while the peripheral nervous system involves nerves and nerve fibers located throughout the body. The function of these two nervous systems is to send messages back and forth to each other to help the body function properly. With that in mind, a neurological specialist is a medical doctor who specializes in the study and treatment of issues within the central and peripheral nervous system.
What does a neurologist treat you for?
Neurologists specialize in the study, prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of a broad range of injuries and illnesses involving the central and peripheral nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and muscles. With that in mind, a neurologist can provide treatment for any of the following conditions, illnesses, or injuries:
- Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Bell’s palsy
- Brain abscesses
- Brain tumors
- Cerebral aneurysm
- Certain sleep disorders
- Injury or trauma to the brain, head, or spinal cord
- Lumbar disk disease
- Migraine, and other headache disorders
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Muscular dystrophy
- Neurological infections, such as encephalitis, Lyme disease, or meningitis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Tourette’s syndrome
What are the most common neurological disorders?
While many neurological disorders are relatively rare, there are several neurological disorders that are quite common. With that in mind, some of the most common neurological disorders include dementia, epilepsy or seizures, headaches, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke. Of those neurological disorders, stroke is the most common—accounting for over 50 percent of the annual incidence of the most common adult-onset neurological disorders and diseases. While headaches are very common, affecting at least 90 percent of the population, the extent to which they are chronic or caused by neurological issues is much less common.
What are symptoms of neurological problems?
Since neurological problems involve the central nervous system, there can be a broad range of symptoms that a person can experience if they have a neurological disorder or disease, including both emotional or mental symptoms and physical symptoms. With that in mind, some of the symptoms that are commonly experienced by individuals with a neurological disorder or disease include the following:
- Decreased alertness and lack of coordination
- Difficulty with reading and writing
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Double vision or vision loss
- Impaired cognitive function, including memory loss
- Mood swings or changes, such as a sudden outburst
- Muscle rigidity or weakness
- Numbness, partial or total loss of sensation, or tingling
- Seizures or tremors
- Slurred speech or sudden language impairment
- Sudden or persistent headaches
- Unexplained pain or pain that radiates from the back to the feet, toes, or other areas of the body
When should you see a neurologist?
If you are dealing with a diagnosed neurological disorder or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it may be a good idea to see a neurologist. A neurologist can provide expert evaluation of your symptoms, accurately diagnose your condition, and find effective treatment options to help you manage your condition in ways that alleviate symptoms and prevent the disorder from progressing or getting worse.
For more information about neurological disorders or to schedule an appointment with one of our neurological specialists at Primary Care 360, we welcome you to contact us by phone, schedule an appointment through our website, or visit one of our three clinics in Hensley, Sherwood, or White Hall, Arizona!