Neurology is the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the nervous system from migraines to inflammatory neurological diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) and motor neurone disease (MND).
The nervous system regulates and coordinates your body’s activities through the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles.
Most patients seek help from a Consultant Neurologist for worries over headaches, seizures such as those caused by epilepsy, dizziness, loss of consciousness, vision issues, and movement problems.
Cognitive disorders, meaning impairments in your thinking abilities such as memory loss and learning disorders, also make up a large proportion of a neurologist’s work.
Your consultant neurologist at The Kings Park Hospital can carry out various diagnostic tests to determine what may be going on throughout your nervous system, and tests can include:
- Electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure electrical impulses in the brain
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to provide a detailed picture of the brain in cross-sections
- A computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan using X-rays to diagnose muscle or spinal abnormalities
- Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies to investigate possible nerve damage
The overlap of the brain and the mind means you may see other consultants while you’re under the care of a Consultant Neurologist. A Neurophysiologist, for example, would perform electrical studies like electromyography (EMG). For memory disorders requiring a detailed test, your consultant may refer you to a Neuropsychologist. Sometimes a mental health condition may present as a physical problem, requiring a referral for therapy with a Psychologist or a Neuropsychologist.
It’s rare for someone with neurological symptoms to require a consultant surgeon, but our neurologists occasionally refer patients to our neurosurgical team.