Recognizing Neurology & Neurosurgery Awareness Month
Conditions of the brain and central nervous system come in many forms, from accidents and injuries to diseases and illnesses developing at various points in life. Neurological conditions can range in severity but should always be taken seriously. While your primary care provider may be able to provide some treatment, specialized care may be required for more serious situations — including surgery. This Neurosurgery Awareness Month, learn about the medical specialties treating brain and spinal conditions and how they can help improve your quality of life.
What Are Neurology & Neurosurgery?
Neurology is a specialized form of medicine focusing on disorders affecting the central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and spinal column, and peripheral nerves. Conditions treated by a neurologist range from afflictions like concussions and traumatic brain injuries to onset illnesses and conditions like stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Similarly, neurosurgeons provide specialized surgical care correcting issues of the central nervous system. Neurosurgeons may operate on brain tumors, aneurysms, and disorders of the spine including spinal canal stenosis, herniated discs, tumors, fractures, and spinal deformities. While the two overlap regarding conditions and illnesses treated, neurologists do not perform surgery.
When Should I See a Neurologist or Neurosurgeon?
Your primary care provider may refer you to a neurologist after a sudden neurological episode — like a stroke or seizure — or if you are suffering from chronic neurological conditions like headaches and migraine attacks. Symptoms like dizziness, memory loss, and pain with no known origin may also warrant a neurology referral. After checking vital signs like strength, reflexes, vision, coordination, sense of touch, and mental state, your neurologist may either prescribe a medicine-based solution, or if surgical intervention is required, refer you to a neurosurgeon.
Specialized neurology treatment is available locally. Dr. Daniel Kimple, MD sees patients at the Culbertson Specialty Clinic on the second and third Thursday each month. Talk to your primary care provider to get a referral or call (217) 322-5271 for more information.