The nervous system controls activities in all parts of the body, and has two components; the Central Nervous System, which includes the brain and spinal cord, and the Peripheral Nervous System, which includes internal organs, muscles, and glands. The nervous system is responsible for sending and retrieving information to and from these areas.
As the nervous system is very complex, there are certain complications and problems that may occur. A neurologist diagnoses and treats these disorders. These may include:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Headache disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Seizure disorders including epilepsy
- Alzheimer's disease
- Parkinson's disease
- Amytotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)
- Brain and spinal cord injuries and disorders
Many disorders can be treated or provided with symptomatic relief, but each condition is different. The chief goal of the Neurologist is to help the patient lead a more healthy life, and to help them maintain the best quality of life possible.
Dr. Roland Skinner, with McLeod Neurological Associates, has been treating the neurological needs of area patients since 1987. McLeod Neurological Associates offers state-of-the-art services for a full range of neurological conditions. Download an interview with Dr Roland Skinner on "What is a Neurologist?"