Neurology and Its Role in Medicine
Neurology is the branch of medicine or biology that focuses on the anatomy, functions, and organic disorders of nerves and the nervous system.It is estimated that one in six people in the U.S. suffer from a neurologic disorder1. Neurologists spend significant time diagnosing many types of neurologic conditions and managing treatment options for patients. And, neurosurgeons work to correct these conditions surgically which often has an immediate and dramatic impact on a patient’s quality of life.
The Nervous System
The nervous system controls many areas of the body. Diseases such as stroke, 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 impede the nervous system’s ability to function properly.
From young adults who experience seizures to elderly patients showing signs of dementia, the science of neurology plays an important role in treating people of all ages.
When To See A Neurologist
If you suffer from seizures, confusion, changes in sensation, muscle and coordination problems, or headaches after a head injury or explosion, you may benefit from seeing a neurologist. A patient may be referred to a neurologist for any symptoms that point to the brain or nervous system.
What To Expect At Your Appointment
Your neurologist will perform a thorough physical examination and obtain information about your medical history. Next, he or she will check your reflexes and evaluate the function of your cranial nerves, reflexes, and coordination.
If symptoms suggest that further exploration is needed, more tests may be suggested, such as an EEG, CT, MRI, PET scan, or angiography.
In our next article, we will dive deeper into the role your neurologist plays in your healthcare needs and why diagnosing your symptoms early is critical.
Book An Appointment Today
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, such as seizures, confusion, changes in sensation, muscle and coordination problems, orheadaches, 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.
1The Critical Role ofNeurologistsin Our Health Care System. American Academy of Neurology.