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Neurology is a branch of medicine that focuses on disorders of the nervous system.
The nervous system of a human is made up of two main parts. The CNS (central nervous system) and the PNS (peripheral nervous system). The CNS consists of the brain and the spinal cord. The PNS is mainly made up of nerves. The brain and spinal cord (CNS) are connected to every part of the body by bundles of nerves (PNS). So the central nervous system is connected to all parts of the body by the peripheral nervous system.
The entire nervous system is made of a complex system of different types of nerves that have different functions that connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body and controls the body’s functions. The medical doctor that specializes in this complex nerve system is known as a neurologist.
The neurologist is trained to investigate, diagnose, and treat disorders of the nervous system. Some common conditions that neurologists diagnose and treat are epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and stroke, to name a few.
Some specific neurological conditions can result from car accidents or work-related injuries.
Head trauma, like a concussion, is a common neurological condition resulting from a car injury, workers’ comp injury, or a fall. These head injuries can range from minor to severe. Recovery time from these types of head injuries can vary from a few weeks to lasting a lifetime, depending on the severity.
Nerve damage is another common injury that can occur during a work-related accident or car wreck. The location and severity of the nerve damage can vary, as well. Nerve damage in the neck (whiplash), back, legs are just a few examples. When nerve damage occurs, its severity can range from mild to severe. The nerves can be severed(cut into), crushed, compressed, or stretched. Neuropathy is a term used to describe problems with the nerves. The location and severity of the nerve damage will determine the recovery time for the nerves to heal.
If the nerves of the PNS (peripheral nervous system) are damaged, they only have a limited capacity to regenerate (only heal to a slight extent, never return to completely normal function). Treatment may be focused on pain relief instead of regaining function.
The neurologist is trained to determine any of these neurological disorders and tailor a treatment plan for the injuries. A neurologist uses many different techniques to determine problems with the nervous system. MRI, CT, EMG (electromyography-assess the health of muscles and nerves), and NCV (nerve conduction study-tests the health of the nerves).