WNA Neurological Consultation
The purpose of a neurological consultation is to allow the neurologist and/or physician assistant to gather information about your symptoms in order to diagnose your condition and plan a treatment.
The process of collecting information begins when you arrive for your appointment. You will be given several forms to complete. You may have received these forms by mail to complete before you arrive for your appointment. These forms are also available to print from our website. When all paperwork has been completed, you will be called from the waiting room and taken to an exam room where the physician or physician assistant will interview you concerning the following information:
- History of present illness: Location, quality, severity, duration, timing, context, modifying factors, associated signs and symptoms.
- Past medical history: Allergies, current medications, surgeries, injuries, other.
- Social history: Employment, marital status, children, habits.
- Family history: Parents, other.
- Review of systems: Constitutional (fever, weight loss, etc.), eyes, ENT, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, respiratory, GI, GU, skin, endocrine, other.
After the interview, an examination is performed and is divided into the following parts:
- Physical exam: Blood pressure sitting/standing, blood pressure lying, pulse, respirations, height, weight, general appearance, cardiovascular (carotids, heart, and peripheral).
- Mental status testing: Orientation times three, recent/remote memory, attention span/concentration, language, fund of knowledge.
- Neurological: A thorough exam including the 12 cranial nerves, muscle strength, tone, bulk, posture, gait, coordination, reflexes and full sensory exam.
Diagnosis and Treatment
After the history and examination are performed, the physician (and physician assistant if applicable) will discuss with you his/her opinion regarding diagnosis, further testing and treatment.
Conditions Neurologists Diagnose
Out neurologists diagnose and treat conditions such as strokes, transient ischemic attacks (TIA), dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, headaches, seizures (epilepsy), Parkinsonism, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), herniated cervical and lumbar discs and other types of nerve entrapment.
All of the information collected during the neurological consultation, including the physical and neurological examinations and the physician's plan for treatment and/or testing will be dictated and transcribed into a formal report of findings and placed in the your chart for future reference.Medical Records Release Form
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