Neurology is a medical specialty dealing with the nervous system and any disorder that negatively affects the nervous system due to injury or disease. Physicians who specialize in neurology are called neurologists. They diagnose and treat disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord, muscles and nerves throughout the body. When you need one, finding a good neurologist can be a challenge. Read on to learn how to find a neurologist.
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Things you need
- General practitioner
- A referral
- Internet access
- Insurance information
- Name of neurologist
Make an appointment with your general practitioner if you haven't already done so. Different types of neurologists specialize or have a special interest in a variety of medical areas. Your doctor can tell you what type of neurologist you may need and if you do indeed need to see one.
Get a referral, if you need a neurologist, from your doctor. Your general practitioner is the best source for this recommendation since he knows your personal medical situation and status. You may also need this referral from your doctor for insurance purposes.
Check on your insurance company's website or call them to see what doctor they recommend to be sure that the neurologist you make an appointment with will be covered by your insurance plan.
Go to the Neurology Channel website if your insurance company doesn't offer this service or if you don't have insurance. Search for "Neurology" and type in the state where you live and your zip code. After you do this, you will be asked what neurological specialty you are interested in. This search will bring up neurologists in your area.
Type the neurologist's name you've selected into the Health Grades website. For a fee of approximately $9.99, this website can tell you if your physician has ever received disciplinary action for professional misconduct, if they are board certified and how many years they have been practicing.
Call the neurologist, verify that he takes your insurance and set up an appointment for an initial consultation. Be certain to bring your medical history and relevant medical records.
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