Assessing Nervous System Conditions
Many physician specialists can be involved in the evaluation and diagnosis of patients with central and peripheral nervous system conditions - including functional, structural and degenerative abnormalities. Patients with these disorders may experience a wide range of symptoms. They may first visit their primary care physician and undergo preliminary tests, and they may then be referred to a neurologist, endocrinologist, neurosurgeon, orthopedic surgeon, anesthesiologist for pain management, or other specialist.
These specialists may ultimately work together to develop a plan of care for the patient, focusing on eliminating or minimizing patients' symptoms and promoting each patient's best possible outcome.
Some of the more common functional and structural nervous system problems include:
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Peripheral neuropathy, including Guillain-Barré syndrome
- Mononeuropathy, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Degenerative diseases of the central nervous system include:
- Parkinson's disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Huntington's chorea
- Alzheimer's disease