A neurologist is a medical doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating, and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system including, but not limited to:
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Neurologists are highly trained clinicians capable of diagnosing complex conditions through detailed history and physical examination, including testing of mental status, vision, speech, strength, sensation, coordination, reflexes, and gait.
Some common neurologic tests used to complete the evaluation include:
Computed tomography (CT) scans
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Nerve conduction studies and electromyography (NCS/EMG)
Neurologists are different from neurosurgeons as they do not perform brain or spinal cord surgery. However, neurologists and neurosurgeons work closely together for several conditions.
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