What does a neurologist do?

Neurologists treat headaches, strokes, brain tumors and various other conditions. In this video, Eric Kramer, MD, of JFK Medical Center, explains what neurology is and the parts of the body studied and treated.
A neurologist is a specially-trained physician that knows all about the brain. Watch Carrie Stafstrom, director of orthopedics and neuroscience at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, explain the types of disorders they treat.
Intermountain Healthcare
A neurologist is a physician who is specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system. After completing medical school a neurologist will complete 1 to 3 years of training in Internal Medicine (or pediatrics if he is to become a pediatric neurologist). He will then complete a 3 year residency in neurology. Some will get additional training (fellowship) in certain specific areas of neurology (e.g. epilepsy, muscle disorders, movement disorders, etc.).
Common disorders that a neurologist may deal with include epilepsy, headaches, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, nerve/muscle problems, memory/thinking problems, and brain tumors. Problems involving the nervous system that involve abnormal behavior may benefit from seeing a neurologist, but these problems are generally dealt with by a psychiatrist.
A typical visit to the neurologist would involve taking a detailed history of your problem. This would be followed with a detailed physical exam, focusing on the nervous system. Often times the neurologist may be involved in the ordering, performance and interpretation of such things as MRI brain scans, electroencephalograms, electromyograms/nerve conduction studies, and other diagnostic studies.
After this process results in a diagnosis, the neurologist would then initiate and provide continuing nonsurgical care for the problem/condition that has been identified.
Steven A. Meyers, MD
Diagnostic Radiology
A neurologist is a medical doctor who treats diseases of the nervous system. This includes disorders of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. Common neurologic diseases include stroke, migraine, Parkinson disease, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.
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Nicholas D Suite on behalf of MDLIVE
A neurologist is a medical doctor who looks after patients with problems involving the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. A neurologist will evaluate and care for individuals complaining of headaches, certain kinds of pain, memory loss, muscle weakness, seizures, head injuries, movement and balance disorders, among many other things.  

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Brain and Nervous System

A healthy brain and nervous system regulate your body functions so you can have full command over your senses, muscles, and intelligence. Despite the amazing capacities of the human brain and nerves, they are vulnerable to damage ...

just like every other part of our bodies. Strokes, concussions, Alzheimers and many other brain problems affect about 50 million Americans. The multitude of brain injuries and illnesses strike different people based on the risk factors of their genetics, age and lifestyle. The severity of impairment and the availability of treatment vary widely. Knowledge of brain and nerve health has advanced rapidly in recent decades. Many new treatments and medicines are available to treat various disorders. Still, the best thing for your brain is to keep it physically and mentally active while eating nutritious food and getting plenty of social interaction.

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