Promoting Brain and Nervous System Health
Neurology is a specialty that focuses on diseases and disorders of the brain and nervous system. A neurologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of problems involving the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Neurologists complete four years of medical school and then complete a one-year internship and then a three-year residency in the specialty.
Neurological disorders strike an estimated 50 million Americans each year. These conditions can affect movement, speech, memory, senses, swallowing, breathing, and many other functions of the body. Some conditions that may require treatment by a neurologist include Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, migraine, sleep disorders, seizure disorders, problems with muscle control or movement, traumatic brain injury and stroke.
Neurologists use special tests like brain scans or sound waves to look at brain activity or blood flow. They might measure electrical activity in the brain, muscles, or nerves. These exams help the neurologist understand what might be wrong. Neurologists at Pacific Medical Center may consult with your primary care physician about your diagnosis and treatment. They may also refer you to a surgeon when appropriate.