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WHAT IS A NEUROLOGIST?

A neurologist is a medical doctor who has had specialized training in disorders affecting the nervous system. This includes disorders of the brain, spinal cord, nerve and muscle.

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NEUROLOGISTS AND NEUROSURGEONS?

Neurologists do not perform surgery but many times do work closely with neurosurgeons in the diagnosis and treatment of their patients.

WHAT PROBLEMS DO NEUROLOGISTS TREAT?

Disorders of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, muscle and nerve. They also deal with specific conditions such as headache and other pain disorders, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and various tumors affecting the nervous system.

WHAT DOES A “NEUROLOGICAL CONSULTATION” MEAN?

If your primary care physician believes that your symptoms involve the nervous system, he or she may request a more specialized opinion. A neurological consultation generally includes a review of your medical history with special attention given to your present problem. The neurologist then performs an examination which may include tests of your vision, strength, coordination, reflexes and sensation. These are done to help the neurologist determine where in your nervous system your problem lies. At times further tests may be required to make or confirm a diagnosis and to guide specific treatment. After your evaluation has taken place, the neurologist will be in contact with your primary care physician as to his diagnosis and suggested plan of treatment.

WHAT SPECIAL TESTS DOES THE NEUROLOGIST PERFORM?

Nerve conduction studies and EMG testing are performed by the neurologist either in our office or at the hospital. The nerve conduction study is an electrodiagnostic procedure where the neurologist stimulates nerves in the arms or legs and makes recordings on a machine. This gives information as to the way your nerves conduct an electrical impulse. The EMG is a study of the muscle function itself and is performed by inserting a fine needle into the muscle and making recordings of the muscle activity on a machine. The nerve conduction study and EMG are uncomfortable but certainly tolerable and the discomfort is very short-lived. The nerve conduction study and EMG are almost always performed together and a report is then made and sent to the referring physician. The time required takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes. There are no restrictions relative to activities before or after the test.

Neurologists also interpret electroencephalograms. EEG’s are performed by a technician at the hospital. An EEG records the brain’s continuous electrical activity by means of electrodes attached to the scalp. This is a non-painful test which carries no risk. You may be given special instructions prior to this study.

WHAT ABOUT PHONE CALLS, PRESCRIPTIONS AND EMERGENCIES?

General medical problems and refills for your prescriptions should be directed to the physician who acts as your primary care physician or who wrote the prescription for you. If a specific question arises regarding your neurologic problem or prescription written by a physician in our office, it is best that these questions be answered during office hours when your medical records are available for review. If you are receiving prescriptions from physicians in our office, the physician generally will need to see you in follow-up on a regular basis. Please contact your pharmacy for a refill authorization. Night, weekend and holiday care is always available in emergencies. When an emergency arises outside of office hours, you may call Dial MD, (402) 354-2000.

WHAT ABOUT FEES AND INSURANCE?

Fees vary from case to case. They take into account the neurologists years of training and expertise as well as the time devoted to the patient’s problem. There is an initial consultation fee and charges for follow-up office visits may vary depending on the complexity of the problem. Performance and interpretation of the nerve conduction test and EMG are billed separately.

Patients are responsible for their own medical expenses. If you have insurance, we will assist in filling out forms. We participate with Medicare as well as many managed care plans. If authorization or appropriate referral is required for your visit, please obtain this prior to your appointment. If your problem is the result of an accident or injury, or there is no insurance to file, please contact the office prior to your visit. Copays are the responsibility of the patient and payment is expected at the time of each visit. If you are on Medicaid, please bring your current Medicaid card when you are seen.