What is Neurology?
Neurology deals with disorders of the nervous system, namely the diagnosis, exploration and treatment of every condition and disease affecting the central and peripheral nervous systems. This includes the brain and spinal cords, their coverings, the relevant blood vessels, and so-called effector tissues like muscle.
A neurologist deals with coordination problems, muscle weakness, changes in sensation, confusion, dizziness and more, all of which can have a neurological component. As such, a neurologist will help manage the symptoms of neurological disorder on their own or in partnership with other specialists.
What procedures can you find at a Neurology clinic?
- MRI scanning
- CT scanning
- PET scanning
- Lumbar Puncture
- Electroencephalography (EEG)
- Tensilon testing
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Nerve conduction tests (neurophysiology)
- injections for dystonia
- Muscle and nerve biopsy
- Referrals to neurosurgeons
- Sleep studies
What should you expect at a Neurology clinic?
Your GP might refer you if they suspect you need specialist help. Your first appointment with a neurologist, will almost always include a physical examination, and a neurological examination to test your muscle strength, coordination and reflexes. Because different neurological disorders can have very similar symptoms, they might carry out extra testing before making their diagnosis, talking it through with you, and ultimately making expert recommendations for treatment.