Neurology is an aspect of medicine that deals with disorders of the nervous system. This includes central and peripheral nervous systems, including their coverings, blood vessels, and all effector tissue, such as muscle. But what is neurology and what does a neurologist do?
Neurology in More Detail
A neurologist is a medically qualified doctor dealing with disorders of the nervous system. This includes the diagnosis and treatment of all categories of disease that involve the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems.
Neurologists also manage conditions that affect the coverings of the brain the blood supply of the nervous system and muscles.
According to the NHS, there are over 600 types of neurological conditions. Neurologists in the UK often develop an interest in particular neurological disorders. This may be dementia or movement disorders. Headaches, epilepsy and sleep disorders are also areas of focus. In addition, there are specialists who concentrate on chronic pain management or neuromuscular diseases.
However, neurologists in the UK, who are on the GMC specialist register for neurology, will have had comprehensive training in all of these areas.
What is Neurology and when to see a Neurologist?
Common reasons for seeking advice might be because you have symptoms such as a headache. Numbness or weakness, fits or faints and unsteadiness can also cause concern. In addition, tremors and other abnormal movements, as well as memory disorders, may be a reason to seek advice.
When surgical intervention is required, a neurologist may refer the patient to a neurosurgeon. More details about neurology and the investigations that may be carried out can be found here.
Dr Paviour is a Consultant Neurologist in Central and South West London. He has a specialist interest in Parkinson’s disease and other Movement Disorders. He is the clinical lead for Movement Disorders at the Atkinson Morley Regional Neurosciences Centre.
Patients are welcome to his clinics to understand more about symptoms and what is neurology. Simply phone 020 7042 1850 or send a message via our contact us page.