What is the nervous system?
The nervous system is a complex, sophisticated system that regulates and coordinates body activities. It is made up of two major divisions:
In addition to the brain and spinal cord, principal organs of the nervous system are:
What are some disorders of the nervous system?
The nervous system is vulnerable to various disorders. It can be damaged by:
Disorders of the nervous system may involve:
Signs and symptoms of nervous system disorders:
General signs and symptoms that may indicate that a patient needs to see a physician for possible nervous system disorders include:
Physicians who treat nervous system disorders:
Physicians who treat nervous system disorders may have to spend a lot of time working with the patient before making a probable diagnosis of the specific condition. Many times, this involves performing numerous tests to eliminate other conditions, so that the probable diagnosis can be made.
|Neurology||Neurological Surgery||Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation|
|The branch of medicine that manages nervous system disorders is called neurology. The medical doctors who treat nervous system disorders are called neurologists.||The branch of medicine that provides surgical intervention for nervous system disorders is called neurosurgery, or neurological surgery. Surgeons who operate as a treatment team for nervous system disorders are called neurological surgeons or neurosurgeons.||The branch of medicine that provides rehabilitative care for patients with nervous system disorders is called physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physicians who work with patients in the rehabilitation process are called physiatrists.|