Frequently Asked Questions
QWhat is a neurologist?
A neurologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system. A neurologist is not a surgeon and does not perform neurosurgery. Neurologists make their diagnoses by taking a careful history, examining the patient, and when necessary ordering tests such as bloodwork, CT or MRI scans.
QWhat conditions does a neurologist treat?
Neurologists treat a wide variety of conditions including strokes, epilepsy, migraine, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. They also treat neck, back injuries and patients who have had concussion or head injuries. Other conditions include carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve injuries, neuropathy, vertigo and balance disorders.
QWhat training does a neurologist receive?
The training a neurologist receives is four years of college, four years of medical school and a four year neurology residency. This may be followed by a fellowship lasting one to two years, during which the neurologist may receive additional specialty training in areas such as stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, pain management, neuromuscular conditions and electromyography.
QHow do neurologists become board-certified in neurology?
A neurologist must first complete an approved neurology residency then pass a written and oral examination by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. This certifying board certifies neurologists in the field of neurology and psychiatrists in the field of psychiatry. Neurologists can also be board-certified in a particular specialty within neurology as well.
QWhat are your clinical interests in neurology?
Though I treat a wide variety of general neurological problems, I have special interest in fibromyalgia, stroke prevention and Parkinson’s disease. I also have considerable experience treating neck, back injuries and pain resulting from these injuries. More recently, I have become interested in concussion and post-concussion syndrome.
QWhat services are provided in my practice?
I see patients in the office and hospital settings. I perform neurological consultations on new patients and see patients for follow-up as needed. I also am board-certified in electromyography and perform a test called EMG, which is used to diagnose disorders of the muscles and nerves such as myopathy, carpal tunnel syndrome and nerve root compressions. I also do medical-legal work for insurance companies, attorneys and others when requested.