What is a Neurologist?

A neurologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing, treating, and managing disorders of the brain, nervous and muscle system.  To be a neurologist, they need an undergraduate degree, four years of medical school, one-year internal medicine internship and three years of neurology training.

Many neurologists have additional fellowship training in sub-specialized areas including Multiple Sclerosis, neuromuscular disorder, electrodiagnostic medicine (EMG), movement disorder, dementia, stroke and epilepsy.

What to expect during your visit?

The neurologist will begin by taking a detailed medical history from the patient and their family, reviewing previous medical records, lab reports, brain scans (CT and MRI) reports and images if available.  A detailed description of present symptoms, past medical and family history will be included.

The physician will conduct an evaluation consisting of a neurological examination and differential diagnosis. Afterwards, the neurologist will make an assessment based on the patient’s symptoms and physical findings.  A plan will be formed that may include laboratory and EMG study or more image testing to finalize the diagnosis.

The physician and/or staff will discuss medication and/or other therapy options with the patient.  Finally your neurologist will prepare a written report to be sent to your referring physician, and our staff will make arrangements for your testing and follow-up visit.

We understand that being diagnosed with a neurological disorder can be confusing and scary for some patients, but we are here to offer you the most up to date information and treatment for these conditions. Being informed is the best way to deal with your diagnosis to help you lead a healthier life.


What Medical Conditions Does A Neurologist Treat?

Neurologists treat disorders of the nervous system including brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. Common neurological disorders include:

  • - ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • - Alzheimer’s
  • - Bell’s palsy
  • - Parkinson’s disease
  • - Cerebral palsy
  • - Dementias
  • - Diplopia
  • - Dizzines
  • - Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • - Falls
  • - Sleep disorders
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