Neurologists are medical specialists that treat diseases of the brain,
spinal cord, nerves and muscles. Since the nervous system is responsible
for controlling all voluntary and most automatic functions of the human
body, neurological disorders can manifest in a variety of different ways.
Typical symptoms of nervous system diseases include numbness/tingling,
weakness, difficulty speaking or swallowing, pain, abnormal vision, seizures,
memory loss, headache, abnormal movements, problems walking and bowel
or bladder dysfunction. During an office visit a neurologist listens to
patients symptoms and performs a special type of physical exam to identify
where the symptoms originate in the nervous system. Afterwards, they can
more clearly define a diagnosis and arrive at appropriate treatment strategies.
If you experience symptoms suggestive of a neurological disorder, discuss
them with your primary care doctor. He or she can determine the significance
of your symptoms and advise you whether to consult a Neurologist for further
diagnosis and treatment.