The body is made up of a series of complex systems. Among them, the cardiovascular, digestive, and respiratory system. The one system, however, that controls the others is the nervous system. This is why it is important to know about the field of neurology.
What is Neurology?
Neurology is the branch of medicine that deals with conditions affecting a person’s nervous system. Some of the most common ailments that pertain to the field are migraine headaches, general pain management, strokes, seizures and many others. If you do a ton of typing on your computer on a regular basis, you may have experienced pain in your wrists from a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. That too is another common neurological condition.
What is a Neurologist?
Neurologists are trained professionals who focus on conditions affecting their patients’ nervous system. The nervous system is your body’s network of nerve connections that run throughout your entire body, from your skin to your internal organs, and all the way to your brain. If you’re feeling pain anywhere on your body, it has to do with neurology, even if it is a perfectly normal and healthy response.
Why Should I See a Neurologist?
There are many great reasons why someone would want to visit a neurological specialist. An important reason to seek out early care is because nerve pain can be a sign of other diseases or conditions taking root in your body, such as cancer, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases. It’s important to catch a condition or syndrome and begin to stem the negative effects of it before it progresses and becomes harder to manage.
Generalized nerve pain, for example, would be a great reason to seek out qualified neurology doctors for diagnosis and treatment. Nerve damage has such a wide array of symptoms and because so many of those symptoms can be blamed on other factors, too few people actually seek treatment as soon as they should.
Some common symptoms of nerve damage include general weakness, increased sensitivity, lightheadedness, and constipation. There are countless others and only a neurologist would be able to determine if the cause of your symptoms is neurological.
Often people to lack the real understanding of how central a role nerves play in their body’s day-to-day functions. Neurology doctors are trained and experienced in assessing their patients’ symptoms and in prescribing an effective course of treatment. Getting your neurological situation assessed can prevent your symptoms become worse. Dr. Ellen Edgar of Complete Neurological Care has vast experience both diagnosing and treating a variety of neurological conditions. Book an appointment today.