Neurology is a branch of medicine that studies and treats the major parts of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and nerves. The nervous system is a complex, sophisticated system that regulates and coordinates body activities.
What Does a Neurologist Do?
Neurologists specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and management of disorders of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system.
Neurologists can treat a wide range of conditions, including:
- Altered sensation.
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease.
- Dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease.
- Demyelinating disease of the central nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis (MS).
- Migraine and other forms of headache.
- Muscle weakness.
- Myasthenia Gravis.
- Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders.
- Peripheral nerve disease.
- Post-concussion syndrome.
- Seizure disorders, such as epilepsy.
- Speech and language disorders.
- Spinal cord disorders.
- Traumatic brain injury.
What Exams Does a Neurologist Perform?
Your brain, spinal cord and nerves intricate together, which makes the testing and examination of the nervous system quite complex.
These are some of the procedures used in neurology diagnostics:
- Cerebrospinal fluid analysis.
- Computed tomography (CT) scan of the brain and spinal cord.
- Computed tomography angiography (CTA) of the head and neck .
- Electroencephalography (EEG) to evaluate seizure disorders.
- Electromyography (EMG) to study peripheral nerve disease, muscle disease and neuromuscular disorders.
- Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) of the head and neck.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain and spinal cord.
- Positron emission tomography (PET) scan.
Why Choose the Neurology Team at Bay Area Regional Medical Center?
Our neurology team is familiar with complex conditions and injuries involving the nervous system. We work hard to provide answers and treatment options quickly. We will work with all of your doctors to provide a comprehensive, coordinated approach that meets your needs and expectations.
Find a Neurologist
To find a Bay Area Regional neurologist, visit our provider directory.