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What is a neurologist?
A neurologist is a medical doctor who has additional training in diagnosing and managing disorders of the brain, nervous system and muscles.
What is a neurology consultation?
Typically a neurological exam tests the patient’s vision, strength, coordination, reflexes and sensation. This information helps the neurologist determine if the problem is in the nervous system. Further tests may be needed to confirm a diagnosis or find a specific treatment.
What do I bring to my consultation?
- All medication prescriptions and over-the-counter medications
- MRI or Cat scan(CT) CD/Films pertinent to your visit taken at a non-McFarland Clinic (Important: must be hand carried to your appointment)
- List of allergies
- Surgical history
What services does a neurologist offer?
Services include but are not limited to the following:
- NCV (nerve conduction studies)
- EMG (electromyography)
- Botox injections
- Baclofen pump management
- Vagal nerve stimulator management
- LP (lumbar punctures)
- EEG interpretations
- Sleep study interpretations
- Tilt table testing
Do I still need my primary care physician?
Yes, your primary care physician is very important to your total health care, they are aware of all your health needs.
When is neurosurgery needed?
Your neurologist or primary care physician will refer you to a neurosurgeon if testing determines that surgery could be beneficial in treating your condition.
When is the pain clinic needed?
Your neurologist or primary care physician will refer you to a pain clinic when testing determines that surgery is not beneficial and pain management is the correct treatment for your condition.