Neurological Disorders: Diagnostic Puzzles requiring extensive exam, tests to find ‘healing pieces’
Patients are referred to neurologists by their physicians, neurosurgeons or other specialists. Neurologists diagnose, treat and manage disorders of the brain and nervous system for children and adults. Many neurological disorders can be treated with medication. Other interventions can include sleep studies, cognitive-behavioral therapy, physical therapy, relaxation techniques, biofeedback training, and implantable neuro-stimulators.
The inner workings of the brain and nervous system differ with each individual and his or her condition. For each patient, the ‘healing pieces’ for their neurological puzzle may require long-term intervention and therapy. Neurologists do not perform surgery, but can refer patients to neurosurgeons or other specialists.
Common neurological conditions include:
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Bell’s Palsy
- Brain and Nerve Tremors
- Brain tumors
- Migraine headaches
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Peripheral nerve disorders
- Sleep Disorders
- Some learning disabilities
- Tourette Syndrome
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The Neurological Puzzle: Finding the Locking Pieces
"As more of the gene code is unraveled, and we do more stem cell research, we will find the basis for many autoimmune diseases. Our treatments will be more effective, and in some cases, we may be able to cure some neurological conditions. New medications and treatments allow us to extend quality of life for patients far beyond what would have been true even two or three years ago.
"I think patients and physicians finally understand that health is best achieved when the patient takes note of changes in their body and mind, and seeks appropriate medical attention as needed. Early diagnosis and treatment is key. And quite frankly, good nutrition, daily exercise, and adequate sleep, a positive attitude, and stress reduction have a significant impact in healing."
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