NEUROLOGY WEST ©

Dr. Andreas Kenneth Jahnke Ltd.

What is Neurology?

  • Ancient Greek for neuro - nerve and logos - knowledge. 
  • On the European continent Neurology and Psychiatry had the same origin.
  • In Angloamerican countries Neurology developed out of Internal Medicine.
  • Neurology started as a relatively small medical discipline. But in the last 15-20 years it developed to the most challenging and fastest growing medical discipline. Neurological knowledge doubles every 4-5 years.
  • Neurology is the science of diseases affecting the central, the peripheral and the autonomic nerve system, as well diseases affecting the muscles.
  • Typical examples of Neurological Diseases: Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Epilepsy, Stroke, myopathies, neuropathies.

What Does A neurologist do?

  • He/she takes your history including your family history and does a detailed neurological examination.
  • He/she reviews indicated technical examinations like Electroencephalographies (EEG's), Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies (EMG/NCS), Computer Tomographies and Magnet Resonance Imaging  (CT/MRI) and other technical investigations.
  • He/she then starts targeted treatment and reviews it.
  • He/she cooperates with other medical disciplines whenever necessary.

Elektromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)

  • Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) are used to detect damage of the peripheral nerve system including the peripheral nerves, the spinal nerve roots, the anterior of the spinal cord, the dorsal spinal ganglions, the skeletal muscles and much more.
  • Typical examples are: Diagnostics of carpal - and cubital tunnel - syndromes,fibular head syndrome, peripheral neuropathies, radiculopathies, plexopathies, myopathies and motor neuron disease.