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What is a neurologist?

A neurologist is a physician trained in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. Your neurologist serves as a consultant to your family physician, internist or other specialist. A neurologist does not perform surgery. Neurologists treat patients with a wide range of problems affecting the nervous system, including headache, visual disturbances, back and neck pain, Parkinsonís disease, tremor, brain tumors, dizziness, seizures, stroke or hemorrhage, multiple sclerosis, meningitis, encephalitis, numbness or weakness, Alzheimerís disease, memory loss, sleep disorders, peripheral nerve problems and gait disorders. Your neurologist will send a report of your consultation and follow-up visits to your primary care physician and to other designated healthcare professionals. Your primary care physician will continue to treat non-neurological conditions.


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