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What is neurology?
Neurology is the medical specialty area that focuses on the central and peripheral nervous systems. The brain and spinal cord comprise the central nervous system (CNS). The peripheral nerves include the sensory, motor, and autonomic nerves that branch out from the spinal cord and extend throughout the body.
Autonomic nerves control involuntary body functions such as digestion, respiration, heart rate, and endocrine function. Sensory nerves send messages to the brain that allow you to see, taste, hear, smell, and feel pain and other sensations. Motor nerves connect the brain and musculoskeletal system, enabling voluntary movement and reflexes.
What are the most common neurological disorders?
Neurologic diseases are caused by the dysfunction of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. This dysfunction can result in physical symptoms such as pain and difficulty moving and speaking, as well as psychological symptoms. Many neurologic conditions are “congenital,” meaning they were present when you were born. Others develop after birth or are “acquired,” and some may result from a traumatic episode where the brain or spinal cord sustains an injury.
There are more than 600 neurologic diseases. They’re typically classified as:
- Degenerative neurological disease
- Movement Disorders
- Brain injuries
- Spine injuries
- Genetic abnormalities
- Central nervous system disorders
The experts at OrthoNeuro diagnose and treat a comprehensive range of neurological conditions and injuries, including:
- Headaches including atypical and cluster
- Movement disorders
- Nerve injuries
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Parkinson’s disease
- Cerebral palsy
- Essential Tremor
- Neck pain
- Cervical dystonia
- Jaw pain
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems
- Oromandibular dystonia
- Blepharospasm (eyelid twitch)
- Hemifacial spasm
- Genicular neuralgia
- Saphenous neuralgia
- Meralgia parenthetica (burning thigh syndrome)
- Occipital neuralgia
- Piriformis syndrome
- Facial pain
- Myofascial pain
What is a neurologist?
A neurologist is a physician who has completed additional training in diagnosing and treating neurological diseases and injuries.
In addition to completing a four-year post-graduate neurology residency, many neurologists undertake fellowships in specific areas of neurology such as headache medicine.
When should I make an appointment with a neurologist?
Anyone who experiences signs of a neurological problem should seek medical care. Nerve problems are often progressive, so the earlier you get a diagnosis and start treatment, the better.
How are neurological disorders diagnosed?
The neurology specialist at OrthoNeuro combine physical exams and neurological observation with diagnostic testing, including electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies. The doctors also use diagnostic imaging and scans to identify neurological conditions and brain and spine problems. Studying nerve and brain activity can help them understand a patients’ individual health needs.
What are the available treatments for neurological problems?
The Neurologist at OrthoNeuro treats a variety of neurological disorders. The Neurologist answers questions and provides health information to help you understand your needs and identify the best treatment option. Our patients can count on state-of-the-art care.
The team aims to improve your health and may combine treatments to provide pain relief while addressing the underlying neurological issue.
Depending on the specific issue, a treatment plan may include medicine to relieve symptoms such as tremors.
Other drugs can slow the progression of the disease. Your doctor may also prescribe medicines to reduce inflammation and pain.
You might benefit from physical therapy to rebuild balance and strength lost to a nerve problem.