Your nervous system is vital to the health and function of your entire body. The central nervous system is made up of areas of your brain and spinal cord, and it controls every single thing that happens in your body, from your heart beating to your stomach digesting food to your legs walking. Most people have pretty good nervous system health, but sometimes, things can go awry and your body may need some help getting back on track.
The most common reason for an individual to undergo brain and neurological testing is that they’ve experienced some type of trauma, such as a car accident, major fall, or a concussion. Brain and neurological testing allows doctors to explore your body’s complete function, all of which is directed by the brain and neurological system. Any concerns that come up during tests like these will allow doctors to further examine certain components of your body or neurological function, leading to a proper diagnosis and a better treatment plan for you.
Another common reason to have brain and neurological testing done is if you have a disease that needs to be monitored. Some diseases can wreak havoc on the nervous system, and neurological testing can determine the progression of your disease so that doctors can determine the efficacy of the medication you’re on and reevaluate your care plan if necessary.
Neurology is the study of your central nervous system: a sophisticated, complex system that regulates the performance of your body through the brain and nerves. The specialists for this field of study are neurologists. They treat many disorders dealing with areas of your spinal cord, brain, and nerves and can find out if you might have any nerve-related conditions, such as the following:
Neurological exams are typically conducted during a routine physical exam, following any type of trauma, to measure the progression of a disease or other related symptoms occurring in your body. The types of procedures conducted depends on the symptoms you have. Typically, the least invasive are conducted first to rule out the most common issues. We have Atlanta’s most highly recommended orthopedic doctors and specialists on our staff at AICA Orthopedics who are equipped, experienced, and more than capable of diagnosing any brain and neurological issues you may be facing.
Brain and neurological testing is incredibly important for many people, and here at AICA Orthopedics, our specialists are incredibly thorough when performing complete neurological exams. We utilize seven different components as we go through a multitude of tests to evaluate your neurological health and function.
After your doctor completes your neurological test, he or she will analyze and interpret the results. If a diagnosis or reevaluation of a prior diagnosis is next, you will meet with your doctor to discuss it. If your testing was done as a progress report of a disease, you will learn about the next steps to take to improve your health and nervous system function.
More tests may be needed depending on the results of the brain and neurological testing, which may include measurement of electrical activity in the brain (electroencephalography, EEG), muscle activity (electromyography, EMG) or nerve conductivity (electroneurography, ENoG). Imaging techniques such as ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may also be used. Sometimes a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) is necessary to take a sample of your cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Your next steps after a neurological exam will be based on your doctor’s recommendations and the care plan set forth by our team of physicians.
For more information about neurological testing and other nerve concerns you may have, come visit AICS Orthopedics at any of our many facilities across metro Atlanta or give us a call and a team member can point you in the right direction.