What does a neurologist do?

What is a neurologist?

A neurologist is a doctor who has specialised in treating neurological conditions and problems with the nervous system. They can help patients who are having problems with their senses, such as touch, vision, smell and sight.

Symptoms that commonly require a neurologist include:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Muscle weakness 
  • Sensation changes
  • Coordination problems 

Because the nervous system is incredibly complex, neurologists tend to specialise in one area. This could include epilepsy, intervention neurology, neurocritical care, neuromuscular medicine, neuro-oncology, geriatric neurology and many others. 

Why would I be referred to a neurologist?

You’ll most likely be referred to a neurologist if your doctor suspects you may have an issue with your nerves, brain or spinal cord. You may have multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, migraines, strokes, Parkinson’s disease and many other conditions. Symptoms of a neurological condition could include:

  • Memory loss
  • Forgetfulness
  • Trouble concentrating 
  • Headaches
  • Unexplained pain
  • Tremors
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty with balance 

What does a neurologist do on your first visit?

During your first visit with a neurologist, they will most likely perform both a neurological exam and a physical exam. The neurological exam will test key aspects, such as muscle strength, reflexes and coordination. In order to accurately diagnose your neurological condition, they may conduct a series of examinations including:

  • Tensilon test – is used to diagnose an autoimmune disorder called Myasthenia gravis
  • Lumbar puncture – is also referred to as a spinal tap, this is used to help diagnose varied conditions such as myelitis, reye syndrome and other disorders.
  • Electromyography (EMG) – is a procedure that assess the health of muscles and the nerves that control them
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) – small sensors that are attached to the scalp, and detect the  electrical signals produced by the brain. Used to diagnose conditions such as brain tumors, dementia and others.

After these tests have been conducted, the neurologist will be able to undercover a diagnosis and start a treatment plan for you right away. If you are looking for a private neurologist in your area, you may want to browse our directory of specialists

Find a Neurologist Near Me

Dr Ben Turner

Dr Turner is the clinical lead for neurology at one of London’s leading NHS teaching hospitals and has a close working relationship with top researchers, making him an excellent neurologist. He specialises in treating those with multiple sclerosis. 

Dr Omar Malik

Dr Malik has a wide range of interests in General Neurology as well as a special interest in Inflammatory Disorders of the Peripheral and Central Nervous System. He was appointed Consultant Neurologist at Hillingdon and Charing Cross Hospitals in 2001.

Dr Guy Leschziner

Dr Leschziner is highly skilled in the management of epilepsy and sleep disorders. His credentials are there for everyone to see. The thing that impressed us most at Medstars was his approach to his patients. He is empathetic and treats the patient as a whole rather than an individual with a single problem

To learn more about Medstars, browse our Neurologist health specialists today. For any other queries, please get in touch with a member of our friendly team who will be happy to help with your private healthcare journey.

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