It is important to find a neurologist to be involved in your care if you have experienced a stroke. Neurologists are physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system. Neurologists can perform examinations to test memory, balance, speech, strength, vision, and movement. They also use tests such as EEGs (electroencephalograph), MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging), CAT Scans (computed axial tomography), and other diagnostic procedures. The neurologist will consult with your primary physician regarding your treatment.
When finding a neurologist, it is important to consider a few things including:
1) What is their training and expertise? Are they experienced in working with stroke patients?
2) Does their bedside manner fit with your personality? - If you need someone warm and supportive, it’s probably best not to choose a physician who is abrupt and cold. On the other hand, if you are someone who prefers straight and to the point explanations, this might be the perfect fit for you. Make sure that you feel comfortable with whomever you choose.
3) Is the neurologist’s office accessible and convenient in location?
4) Is the neurologist or his staff available for phone calls? - If you have questions about your symptoms and medications, you want to know that you are able to get in contact with someone that can help you.
5) Is the neurologist covered by your insurance plan?
6) Does the neurologist collaborate with other members on your team such as your general physician or therapists?
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