A neurologist is a medical doctor with specialized training in diagnosing,treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system. Protecting and treating the brain and nervous system is the essence of a neurologists' work.
The human brain is the most complex structure in our world. Its intricacies remain unsolved and unending. How we think, reason, move, sense, learn and communicate -- are all determined by the brain. The medical specialty of neurology focuses on the total nervous system, which includes the brain, spine, nerves and muscles.
In recent years, research performed by neurologists has greatly advanced our understanding of the brain and nervous system. With this new understanding, neurologists are developing new treatments and, ultimately, cures for a host of neurological diseases. For example, today neurologists can successfully treat stroke patients with clot-busting medication proven to reduce deaths and decrease disability. Research developments have also produced new medications that relieve migraines, slow the progression of multiple sclerosis and improve movement for patients with Parkinson's disease. Many neurological disorders can be treated. Treatment or symptomatic relief is different for each condition.
To find treatment options, neurologist will perform and interpret tests of the brain or nervous system. Treatment can help patients with neurological disorders maintain the best possible quality of life.
In future posting information on Neurologic disorders including diagnosis, testing and treatment for those on Long Island will be made available. Information will hopefully include where to go for help, support and the newest information for those in need.
Mark Gudesblatt M.D., South Shore Neurologic Associates.
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