The neurologist is the specialist doctor of diseases of the nervous system. He can practice in a private practice, clinic or hospital. There are nearly 2, 000 neurologists in France.
The neurologist deals with diseases of the central nervous system: the brain or the spinal cord, or diseases that affect the nerves and nerve endings.
The neurologist is the specialist of so-called degenerative neurological diseases, such as:
- Alzheimer's disease
- Parkinson's disease.
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He is also best able to care for patients with:
- multiple sclerosis,
- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Charcot disease).
Stroke is also supported by neurologists, and some neurology departments are specialized in these neurovascular disorders. A stroke is caused by an obstruction of a vessel that normally irrigates the brain, or a vascular lesion that causes bleeding (less common).
This specialist can also follow patients suffering from an infection such as encephalitis, or a neurological tumor.
Another affection that neurologists know well: migraine. If this pathology is generally treated by general practitioners, in case of specific problem, if the patient has trouble finding the treatment that suits him, the opinion of a neurologist can be very useful.
This specialist may have to examine people suffering from vertigo, tingling fingers or feet, neurological pain ... Moreover many neurologists practice in pain centers.You want to react, to give your testimony or to ask a question? Appointment in our FORUMS Neurology, Rare Diseases or A doctor answers you!
For further :
> The functioning of the brain
> The nervous system: how does it work?
> Learn more about neurological diseases