Neurology is a branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the nervous system. Physicians specializing in the field of neurology are called neurologists and are trained to diagnose, treat and manage patients with neurological disorders, as well as some conditions in the musculoskeletal system.
Common neurology disorders include:
- Headache and migraine
What is a neurologist?
A neurologist is a medical doctor who treats diseases of the brain and nerves, also known as neurological diseases. Neurologists do not perform surgery. They diagnose and treat diseases using careful clinical examinations and neurological testing and treatment. When surgery is needed, a patient is referred to a surgeon.
Neurologists are usually certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Neurologists can treat adults or children. A neurologist that treats children needs additional training in pediatrics and the neurological diseases of children.
Sinai-Grace: A Certified Stroke Center
The nation’s leading organization on health care safety and quality, The Joint Commission, has recognized Sinai-Grace as a Certified Stroke Center based on the hospital’s comprehensive care, 24-hour emergency stroke response team, 24-hour neurologist staffing and its telemedicine capabilities.
This designation means we are a center of distinction that demonstrates compliance with national standards and performance expectations to foster better outcomes for stroke care.
To meet this standard, Sinai-Grace Hospital has met the following requirements:
- We have an acute stroke team.
- We have demonstrated compliance with clinical guidelines regarding stroke care.
- We have standardized pathways for stroke management.
- We operate a stroke unit staffed with stroke nurses.
- We undertake quality improvement measures.
As a certified Trauma Center, Sinai-Grace can handle any type of medical emergency and treats hundreds of stroke patients each year. Our stroke response includes:
- At Sinai-Grace, when a potential stroke patient comes to the Emergency Department, the Stroke Response Team is paged.
- These specially trained medical personnel, including neurologists, emergency physicians and stroke nurses, work together to quickly identify stroke symptoms and begin treatment.
- Sinai-Grace starts a CT scan of a patient’s brain to rule out a brain hemorrhage.
- Sinai-Grace uses the latest telemedicine equipment to allow instant two-way communication with DMC stroke experts 24/7 to speed diagnosis and treatment.
- Sinai-Grace can administer medications that dissolve stroke-causing clots and open up clogged brain arteries, reducing damage to the brain. DMC is one of only a few hospital systems in the nation with physicians who also are qualified to administer this medication directly into the clogged brain artery.
For more information about DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital’s neurology services or a referral to a Sinai-Grace neurologist, call 313-966-4800.