Neurology is a branch of medicine that focuses on the function and health of your nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and nerves throughout the body. A neurologist is a healthcare professional who specializes in the study and treatment of the nervous system. Working alongside an integrated medical team, a neurologist can help treat several neurological disorders, including spinal cord disorders, nerve pain disorders (such as cervical or lumbar radiculopathy), headaches, and cerebrovascular diseases (such as strokes).
Neurologists can prescribe medications to help treat disorders of the nervous system, and may also recommend special testing, including CT scans, to help diagnose underlying problems. Neurologists do not perform surgery, but can and do consult with other interdisciplinary team members, including our orthopaedic spine surgeons, to ensure continuity of care.
A neurologist must undergo extensive training to practice. This includes 4 years of pre-medical education, 4 years of medical school leading to an M.D. (doctor of medicine) or D.O. (doctor of osteopathy), 1 year of internship in internal medicine or surgery, and at least 3 years of specialty training with an accredited neurology residency program. Many of the neurologists who work with the team at Indiana Spine Center have also undergone additional training in special interest areas, including pain management and movement disorders.
As a patient at Indiana Spine Center, you may be referred to one of our neurologists if you’re presenting with any signs or symptoms of a nervous system disorder, including nerve pain, numbness, and tingling; focal weakness: chronic headaches; dizziness; vertigo; and spinal cord disorders. You may also be instructed to see a neurologist if you’ve been diagnosed with any other form of neurological disease, including Parkinson’s disease, tremors, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and peripheral neuropathy.
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