What is a Neurologist? What is a Behavioral Neurologist?
NEUROLOGISTS are physicians who by their training and experience have specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases or injuries to the brain, spinal cord, or nerves. These diseases or injuries include epilepsy, seizures, Parkinson’s Disease, headache, migraine, multiple sclerosis, nerve damage, nerve injury, neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, brain tumor, meningitis, encephalitis, myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig disease), and transient ischemic attack. Neurologists do not perform surgery, and when surgery is indicated, the patient is referred to a neurosurgeon.
BEHAVIORAL NEUROLOGISTS are neurologists who have sub-specialized in the branch of neurology that pertains to changes in a person’s behavior, personality, or intellect because of brain damage. Diseases or injuries that could lead to such brain damage include head trauma, head injury, closed head injury, brain injury, traumatic brain injury, dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, amnesia, anoxia, cerebrovascular accident (stroke), and alcohol intoxication.
Dr. Cranberg is both a neurologist and a behavioral neurologist.