Tip #1: Choose a Doctor That Specializes in Your Condition
While neurologists generally have knowledge of all nervous system diseases and afflictions, many have an area of focus that they deal with on a regular basis. Some are devoted to research in the Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Diseases realm, while others are committed to advances with arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), which are abnormal connections between veins and arteries, commonly occurring in the brain. This congenital disease usually affects the central nervous system, involving a cluster of veins and arteries that can cause headaches and seizures, difficulty with coordination, and even muscle weakness or paralysis.
Tip #2: Ask Your General Practitioner for a Referral
If you don’t know of any neurologists in your area, it’s wise to ask for a referral from your general practitioner or primary care physician. He can let you in on the best surgeons and neurology doctors for your particular area of concern, whether that involves epilepsy, sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis or neuromuscular disease.
Tip #3: Ensure a Good Match with the Office
Choosing the best neurologist for you is just as much about ensuring a good personality match as it is about ensuring an extensive background, training and education. Ask about the office cancellation policies, find out how easy it is to get an appointment on short notice, and make sure the office staff is friendly and accommodating. If not, look elsewhere, as you’ll be dealing with the office staff and doctor a lot, especially if you have a chronic disease such as Parkinson’s or epilepsy.