Neurologists are consultant doctors who specialise in the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders. Neurological disorders are diseases involving the central, peripheral, and autonomic disorders, including their coverings, blood vessels, and all effector tissue including muscle. Neurologists are usually found within general neurology clinics but can specialise in particular areas including headache and migraine.
Neurologists specialise in headache and migraine management within the NHS and in private practice. At Headache Clinics UK, a registered chiropractor or a uk neurologist will undertake the initial assessment. Cases requiring a neurology consult are referred directly to the neurologist for expert opinion, diagnosis and further investigation.
During a consultation a neurologist will take a thorough history of your headache and migraine. Following the history a neurologist will perform a neurological examination (as appropriate) of the nerves of the head and neck; muscle strength and movement; balance, ambulation, and reflexes; and sensation, memory, speech, language, and other cognitive abilities. The historian and examination is required for a specialist neurologist to find the cause of your headache or migraine.
Depending upon the probable diagnosis, a neurologist may suggest an investigation. Investigation may take the form of a MRI or CT scan. Scanning usually takes the form of brain MRI or neck MRI. Headache Clinics UK can make these arrangements for you should this be required. Following the investigation the neurologist will read the MRI scan and discuss potential treatment options aimed at treating the cause.
A further consultation will be arranged to discuss the results of your investigation. During this consultation a neurologist will deliver a treatment plan aimed at reducing intensity and frequency. In some cases the neurologist may wish to make a further referral to an alternative specialist for example a neurosurgeon.
Treatment options can take the form of:
- Physical Treatments (e.g. Chiropractic)
- Injections (e.g. Greater Occipital Nerve Blocks or Botox)