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The benefits of neurology to non-neurologists and neurologists alike are enormous. Our nervous system controls all body functions, but how we think, see, perceive, behave, and recall is all dependent on the brain. Nervous system diseases are common, and almost all of these diseases are curable, except some that require continuous management. New treatments for nervous system diseases are developed every year. Medical experts who are qualified in other disciplines of medicine, such as surgeons, gastroenterologists, and gynecologists, often work hand in hand with neurologists. Let’s explore more on the importance of neurologists.
Patients with functional motor disorders such as paralysis and muscle physical weakness due to nerve disorders or serious accidents are often referred to physiotherapists. This is existing evidence that neurology and physiotherapy are employed together to hasten patient recovery. Many hospitals and medical centers have established neuro physiotherapy centers because not all nerve disorders are treated entirely by medication, but some require a concurrent administration of medication and physiotherapy.
Neurological surgery is a discipline of medicine and specialty of surgery that deals with the nonoperative and operative correction of central and peripheral nervous system disorders. These include critical care, prevention, and evaluation of treatment and rehabilitation. Neurologists don’t operate on patients but offer diagnoses and treat conditions involved with the nervous system. It, therefore, goes without saying that these two specialties also complement one another. General surgeons who perform general surgery often work hand in hand with neurologists for post-trauma and postoperative neurological complications that may arise with their patients’ health.
Diseases such as myasthenia gravis–a serious disease where a patient’s muscles fail to function due to failure of the neuromuscular junction to transmit requisite ions for nerve impulse generation and transmission, are managed by electromyography– a forte of neurologists. Electromyography uses active and passive electrodes to manage the diagnosis of neuromuscular diagnosis. This complex test is performed to help diagnose and treat life-threatening neuromuscular complications. It wouldn’t be accurate and helpful without the help of neurologists working alongside other healthcare providers.
The field of nursing is nowadays diversified into specific specialties that have contributed to all-rounded management and care of patients, and neurology is one of those fields. Neurologists work hand in hand with registered and other nurses in the management of neural conditions such as strokes, brain injury, spinal cord injuries, encephalitis, Parkinson’s disease, and many more. A neurology nurse is a qualified registered nurse specializing in treating and preventing nervous system ailments. Cordial work relationships between neurologists and nurses lead to efficient knowledge dissemination and fortified patient support, contributing to quality healthcare provision milestones.
The importance of patient care providers that includes neurologists’ diagnosis, treatment, management, and prevention of neurological disorders can never be overstated. The importance of neurologists to the healthcare field can never be complete without factoring in the all-important people–the patients. Neurologists are well versed with the complex neurological system of the body, from the brain– the central nervous system, to the peripheral nervous system. This qualifies their usefulness in managing and treating nerve-related injuries, autoimmune conditions, and genetically acquired conditions with precision. Improving the patient’s quality of life is the medical professional’s ultimate goal, and neurologists precisely achieve this goal.
Someone may wildly wonder whether neurology is even remotely connected to gynecology/obstetrics. Indeed they are. Neuro-obstetrics is a multidisciplinary approach to the care offered to pregnant women with neurological comorbidities, both neonatally and after birth. However, many medical centers have not integrated this into their system. Neurologists work hand in hand with obstetricians and gynecologists to diagnose and manage neurological comorbidities within these health settings. This further underlines the importance of neurologists to the healthcare field.
Like any other specialists in the medical field, neurologists play a crucial role in promoting health, diagnosing, treating, and managing neurological conditions. Neurologists also work in liaison with other doctors, nurses, and technologists in other specialties to improve the well-being and save the lives of their patients. However, no medical specialty is better or can work without the input of other specialties, and that’s the reason why medical referrals are rampant among the medical profession.