Neurology - Specialist Visit

This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the nervous system.




This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the nervous system.



This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the nervous system. This type of healthcare provider is called a neurologist.

Neurologists evaluate and treat disorders such as:

  • Strokes
  • Brain and spinal tumors
  • Muscle weakness
  • Headaches and other chronic pain
  • Seizure disorders (Epilepsy)
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis.

Some neurologists treat only one type of condition (i.e., epilepsy, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease).

A neurologist can further specialize in:

  • Pediatric neurology
  • Clinical neurophysiology
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Pain management
  • Neuro-ophthalmology (visual conditions that are caused by problems in the nervous system)

Your primary care physician is in the best position to coordinate your health care needs and help you make the best decisions regarding your healthcare. Therefore, it is usually best to start with your primary care provider before you see a specialist.

  • If you are referred to a specialist, check to make sure they are an in-network provider.
  • Although a specialist is an expert in their field, you know your preferences and your body better than anyone else.
  • Therefore, make sure you are an active participant in the decisions made about your healthcare. This is known as shared decision-making.

What questions should I ask the specialist?

  • What additional training have you completed?
  • Do I need any special tests? What are the benefits and risks of having the tests?
  • Will the tests change your treatment recommendations? If not, is there a need for them?
  • Can my symptoms be controlled with medications? If so, are their Tier 1 or Tier 2 medications on my Prescription Drug List that I should take? How long will I need to take these medications? What are the side effects of my medications?
  • If a procedure or surgery is recommended, what is my diagnosis and reason for the recommendation?
  • Are there any conservative, non-surgical alternatives to the procedure or surgery?
  • Why are you recommending one treatment over another? What are potential complications if I decide against the procedure or surgery?
  • If a procedure or surgery is recommended, how many years have you been performing them? How many have you done? What are your typical results after surgery?

Source UHC.com

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