What does a neurologist do?

Neurologists treat headaches, strokes, brain tumors and various other conditions.

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.

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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.

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.

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