HEALTH

Why Would Your Doctor Refer You To A Neurologist?

A neurologist can help you treat any condition that may affect your nervous system. Your nervous system is comprised of your brain, spinal cord, and nerves.

These conditions can lead to memory loss, pain, speech difficulties, and other problems. These conditions can often be treated in a clinic or office, but they will require you to have them tested.

These are some symptoms that could prompt your doctor to refer you to a neurologist:

  • Unexplained Pain
  • Memory Loss
  • Headaches
  • Shaking Or Tremors
  • Balance Is Difficult
  • Numbness

South Valley Neurology will assess your symptoms, perform tests and make a diagnosis to help you get the treatment that you need.

What Conditions Can A Neurologist Treat And Why?

Conditions that affect your nervous system are treated by neurologists. These conditions can include injury to the brain or spinal cord, acute or chronic conditions like strokes, and conditions such as epilepsy.

Head Injuries

While not all head injuries require a visit to a neurologist, some injuries may warrant one.

People who have suffered a concussion may experience symptoms that last for several months. This is called an after-concussion syndrome. You might need to have additional testing or treatment for headaches and memory issues that this condition can cause.

Chronic Headaches

People who experience frequent headaches may need more care. If you experience frequent headaches, your doctor may refer you to a neurologist. This is especially important if the headaches are persistent or don’t improve with medication.

A neurologist will diagnose the root cause of your headaches and then recommend effective treatment.

Migraine

Migraine attacks can be a reason to visit a neurologist. The condition can cause severe pain, dizziness, light and sound sensitivity, nausea and dizziness. A migraine can cause severe pain that lasts for several hours to days.

A neurologist will diagnose and treat your migraine. They can also identify triggers that might be triggering you, and suggest ways to avoid them. They may also be able to prescribe medication to treat and prevent migraine.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is A chronic condition that affects the brain and spinal cord and causes tingling, weakness and numbness. Vision changes can also occur in many people. MS can progress at any time. Symptoms may vary from one person to another.

A neurologist can diagnose MS and provide the best treatment and medication.

Seizure Or Epilepsy

Uncontrolled movements and unusual sensations can result in a seizure. It can also cause the sufferer to lose consciousness. Seizures can cause damage to your brain.

A doctor may refer you to a neurologist if you have had a seizure. To determine the cause of your seizure, they can perform imaging and tests. They are also able to diagnose long-term seizure conditions such as epilepsy.

A neurologist can help you control seizures by prescribing medications and treatment after you have been diagnosed.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s occurs when your brain stops making the dopamine it needs for movement control. This can cause tremors, stiffness and lack of coordination.

A neurologist can diagnose Parkinson’s. A neurologist can assess your condition and recommend medications and treatments that will help you manage it.

Stroke

A stroke is when your brain loses blood supply. Brain cells die when there is no blood supply. This can lead to speech difficulties, emotional control problems, and other issues. Even after the stroke is over you will need to be treated to regain any lost skills.

A neurologist can assess the extent of brain damage. A neurologist can help you develop a treatment plan, and even prescribe medication to help you heal.