As discussed in our previous blog, neurology is the branch of medicine or biology that focuses on the anatomy, functions, and organic disorders of nerves and the nervous system. Neurology problems affect nearly 1 out of 6 Americans, according to American Academy of Neurology. So,it’s important to understand their roles and how you can benefit to improve your quality of life.
What Exactly Does a Neurologist and a Neurosurgeon Do?
Neurologists treat stroke patients, as well as patients with traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, movement disorders, neuromuscular disorders, multiple sclerosis, headaches, and many other acute and ongoing neurological issues. They work closely with neurosurgeons, but do not perform surgery1. They see a wide range of patients, from young adults who experience seizures to elderly patients showing signs of dementia.
Neurosurgeons, on the other hand, specialize in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system. Some of these disorders include congenital anomalies, trauma, tumors, vascular disorders, and degenerative diseases of the spine1.
What Types Of Treatments are Provided?
After performing the diagnostic examination, your neurologist will recommend treatment options depending on your medical history and evaluation. For example, if you have been diagnosed with spinal instability in the lower back, such as degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis or spinal stenosis, your neurologist may recommend several treatment options rather than just one.
Many conditions can be treated without surgery.However, in more serious cases, traditional spinal surgery may be the answer.If your body has not responded well to conservative treatment (e.g. rest, physical rehabilitation, or prescription medication), you may be a candidate for minimally invasive TLIF.
Your neurologist will refer you to a neurosurgeon who will perform further testing to verify if surgery is needed based on your age, lifestyle, and medical condition. Whichever treatment options are presented, talk to your neurologist or neurosurgeon about the best options for you and your family. Be sure to ask questions, listen carefully to your options, and make a decision with your doctor’s help.
Book An Appointment Today!
If you are experiencing any neurological symptoms such as seizures, confusion, changes in sensation, muscle and coordination problems, or headaches, book an appointment with us to learn more about your condition and treatment options.
If you are seriously considering any surgical procedure, schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience to examine all treatment options.
Neurosurgeon Dr. Victor Kareh, founder of Brain & Spine Surgery Associates in North Houston, Texas, offers specialized centers for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the spine, brain, nervous systems and peripheral nerves.
Please note that the information provided here serve only as guidelines and must not replace your doctor’s advice. If you need more information on any of issues related to the neck, mid back and lower back, please contact us.
1University of Rochester Medical Center website