What We Do
Protecting and treating the brain and nervous system is the essence of
What is a Neurologist?
A neurologist is a medical doctor with
specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the
brain and nervous system. Pediatric neurologists are doctors with
specialized training in children's neurological disorders.
A neurologist's educational background and
medical training includes an undergraduate degree, four years of medical
school, a one-year internship and three years of specialized training.
Many neurologists also have additional training in one area of neurology
such as stroke, epilepsy or movement disorders.
What is the role of the Neurologist?
Neurologists are principal care providers
or consultants to other physicians. When a patient has a neurological
disorder that requires frequent care, a neurologist is often the principal
care provider. Patients with disorders such as Parkinson's diesase,
Alzheimer's disease or multiple sclerosis may use a neurologist as their
principal care physician.
In a consulting role, a neurologist will
diagnose and treat a neurological disorder and then advise the primary
care physician managing the patient's overall health. For example, a
neurologist would act in a consulting role for conditions such as stroke,
concussion or headache.
Neurologists can recommend surgical
treatment, but do not perform surgery. When treatment includes surgery,
neurologists will monitor surgically treated patients and supervise their
continuing treatment. Neurosurgeons are medical doctors who specialize in
performing surgical treatments of the brain or nervous system.
What does a neurologist treat?
Neurologists treat disorders of the nervous
system, brain, spinal cord, nerves, muscles and pain. Common neurological
How are neurological disorders treated?
Many disorders can be treated. Treatment or
symptomatic relief is different for each condition. To find treatment
options, neurologists will perform and interpret tests of the brain or
nervous system. Treatment can help patients with neurological disorders
maintain the best possible quality of life.
See Common Neurological Tests
What is a neurological examination?
During a neurological examination, the
neurologist reviews the patient's health history with special attention to
the current condition. The patient then takes a neurological exam.
Typically, the exam tests vision, strength, coordination, reflexes and
sensation. This information helps the neurologist determine if the problem
is in the nervous system. Further tests may be needed to confirm a
diagnosis or to find a specific treatment.
Why do patients need a neurological
An examination is used when a family doctor
seeks a specialized opinion about a patient whose symptoms may involve the
brain or nervous system. The examination may also be performed when a
patient wants a second opinion from a neurologist. The neurologist's
expertise in disorders of the brain and nervous system can give patients
effective diagnosis and treatment for neurological disorders.