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Dr. Kennedy Neurology deals with disorders of the nervous system including all diseases involving the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems, including their coverings, blood vessels, and all effector tissues, such as muscle. Physicians who specialize in neurology are called neurologists, and are trained to investigate, diagnose and treat neurological disorders.

Major conditions treated by neurologists include:

  • seizure disorders
  • behavioral/cognitive syndromes
  • headache disorders such as migraine, cluster headache and tension headache
  • neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease).
  • cerebrovascular disease, such as transient ischemic attack and stroke.
  • infections of the brain (encephalitis), brain meninges (meningitis), spinal cord (myelitis)
  • infections of the peripheral nervous system
  • sleep disorders
  • neoplasms - tumors of the brain and its meninges (brain tumors), spinal cord tumors, tumors of the peripheral nerves (neuroma)
  • cerebral palsy
  • movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, hemiballismus, tic disorder, and Gilles de la Tourette syndrome
  • disorders of peripheral nerves, muscle (myopathy) and neuromuscular junctions
  • demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis, and of the peripheral nervous system, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
  • spinal cord disorders - tumors, infections, trauma, malformations (e.g., myelocele, meningomyelocele, tethered cord)
  • traumatic injuries to the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves
  • altered mental status, encephalopathy, stupor and coma
  • speech and language disorders

A neurologist's educational background and medical training varies from country to country. In the U.S. and Canada, neurologists are physicians who have completed postgraduate training in neurology after the completion of medical school and attainment of MD or DO degrees, or in the case of Canada also MBBS, MBChB, etc.). Including college and medical school, neurologists complete a minimum of 11 years of education and clinical training. Many neurologists also take additional sub-specialty training after completing their residency.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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