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What is a Neurologist?

Updated on October 29, 2014

What is a Neurologist?

A Neurologist is an medical doctor or osteopath who diagnose or treats nervous system disorders. This includes:

  • The nerves
  • The spinal cord
  • The brain
  • And the muscles

Neurologist can perform examinations of the muscle strength and movement, balance, ambulation, nerves of the head and neck, memory, language, speech and other cognitive abilities.

What is Neurology?

Neurology is the branch of medicine concerned with the

study and treatment of disorders of the nervous system.

The Nervous system is complex, sophisticated system

that regulates and coordinates the body cavities.

What can Neurologist Treat?

Neurologist can treat:

  • Movement disorders
  • Headache disorders
  • Cerebrovascular disease (such as a stroke)
  • Spinal cord disorders
  • Speech and language disorders
  • Infections of the brain and peripheral nervous system

What tests do Neurologist's perform?

Neurologist's perform diagnostic tests such as:

  • EEG (electroencephalography)
  • MRI or an MRA (magnetic resonance angiography)
  • Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
  • CAT (computed axial tomography) or CT scan
  • EMG/NCV (electromyography/nerve conduction velocity)

What do Neurologist's need for Certification?

Neurologist's need four years of pre-medical education in a college or university, and four years of medical school resulting in an M.D. or D.O. degree. Then, at least 3 years of specialty training in an accredited neurology residency program. Many neurologists also have additional training in neurology such as:

  • Stroke
  • Neuromuscular
  • Epilepsy
  • Sleep medicine
  • Pain management
  • Movement disorders

What do Neurologist's make?

Neurologists make an average, anywhere from $499,986 to $180,000.

Or Neurologists make anywhere from $21.62 to $225.00 per hour.

This will depend on experience, or starting as an intern to being an actual Neurologist. Which can continue into subspecialties.

I hope you enjoyed my research in the Health Profession on Medical Careers. Becoming a Neurologist can be quite rewarding as well as a great career with many advantages to advance and specialize in other areas.

Please check out my other medical professions as well as disease processing, and health recipes, home cures and some much more.

Have a very Blessed day!


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      Dean Reese 

      4 years ago

      I had no idea that Neurologist's made that much money. My brother is trying to find a profession that he thinks he would be good at. I'll have to look more into this and possibly recommend him to it. I think he could be pretty good at it!


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