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WHAT IS NEUROLOGY?

WHAT IS A NEUROLOGIST?

A neurologist can help with brain injury recovery by providing a diagnosis, developing a treatment plan, and coordinating care. This may include prescribing medications to manage symptoms, providing referrals for physical, occupational, or speech therapy, and monitoring progress over time. They may also order imaging studies such as CT or MRI scans, to help understand the extent of the injury and plan treatment. Additionally, they may also provide guidance on lifestyle modifications, such as diet and exercise, that can help optimize recovery.

 

 

There are several ways to find a neurologist, including:

 

Ask your primary care physician for a referral: Your primary care doctor may be able to recommend a neurologist who is well-suited to your needs.

 

Search online directories: Many professional medical organizations, such as the American Academy of Neurology, have online directories of neurologists in your area.

 

Check with your insurance provider: Your insurance provider may have a list of in-network neurologists that you can choose from.

 

Check with your local hospital or medical center: Many hospitals and medical centers have neurologists on staff, who may be able to provide a referral.

 

Search online review sites: you can check online review sites such as Yelp, Healthgrades, or Google reviews to see the feedback from other patients.

 

It is important to note that it is always good to verify the credentials of the neurologist, such as education, training, and certification.

 ABI Resources team members take directives from Neurologists. Neurology is the branch of medicine or biology that deals with the anatomy, functions, and organic disorders of nerves and the nervous system. The nervous system is a complex, sophisticated system that regulates and coordinates body activities. A doctor who specializes in neurology is called a neurologist. The neurologist treats disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, such as:

  • Central nervous system: the brain and spinal cord

  • Peripheral nervous system: all other neural elements, such as eyes, ears, skin, and other "sensory receptors"

  • Cerebrovascular disease, such as stroke

  • Seizure disorders, such as epilepsy

  • Spinal cord disorders

  • Speech and language disorders

  • Demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis

  • Headache disorders

  • Infections of the brain and peripheral nervous system

  • Movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease

  • Neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)

Because the nervous system is complex, a neurologist may specialize in a specific area. There are many subspecialties. Some examples of subspecialties include:

  • headache medicine

  • neuromuscular medicine

  • neurocritical care

  • neuro-oncology

  • geriatric neurology

  • autonomic disorders

  • vascular (stroke care)

  • child neurology

  • intervention neuroradiology

  • epilepsy

Neurologists do not perform surgery. If one of their patients requires surgery, they refer them to a neurosurgeon.

 

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