Neurologists are physicians who have additional education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. Patients are referred to the neurologist for conditions such as strokes, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). They may also be asked to assess people with headaches, sleep disorders, brain or spine injuries and conditions of the peripheral nervous system.
A neurologist will examine nerves in the head and neck, check muscle strength and observe balance and walking. An assessment may also include checking your reflexes, sensations, memory, speech and other cognitive functions. There are several diagnostic tests available to neurologists in the Yukon, including EMG/NCV (electromyography/nerve conduction velocity), CT (computed tomography), MRI and lumbar puncture (spinal tap).
A visiting neurologist will perform an examination or assessment and send his/her recommendations to your family doctor about any treatment and follow-up. Botox treatments are provided by the neurologist in the specialist clinic for a limited number of conditions.
Whitehorse General Hospital has two visiting neurologists
Visits per year: 10
Days each visit: 2-4