Neurology Diseases Clinical Guide

Neurology
38 articles
Encountering a patient with major neurological findings can feel overwhelming, leaving you struggling to know where to start. This clinical guide demystifies many common neurological conditions, including degenerative and inflammatory disorders, brain tumors, spinal disorders, and pediatric conditions including sports injuries. Gain the confidence and competency you need to determine the best course of management for your patients with neurological disorders.
Encountering a patient with major neurological findings can feel overwhelming, leaving you struggling to know where to start. This clinical guide demystifies many common neurological conditions, including degenerative and inflammatory disorders, brain tumors, spinal disorders, and pediatric conditions including sports injuries. Gain the confidence and competency you need to determine the best course of management for your patients with neurological disorders.
Last update13th Jan 2021
Chapter 1

Diagnosis and treatment of common neurology disorders

In the articles in this chapter, we will review some of the more common neurological disorders, address how to diagnose, initiate treatment for, and monitor these conditions. You’ll become skilled in the clinical diagnosis and management of Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Guillain Barre syndrome, and will also discover how to differentiate Alzheimer’s from several types of reversible dementias. Inflammatory and degenerative disorders of the nervous system can feel intimidating, so we’ll focus on simplified approaches that build confidence and competency.

How to recognize early signs of Parkinson’s disease

Learn how to recognize the early signs of Parkinson’s disease, and the indications for alternative diagnoses.

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20216m read

Treating Parkinson’s disease

Click here to read about the common therapeutic strategies used to manage the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20215m read

Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease

Learn how deep brain stimulation (DBS) is used to treat Parkinson’s disease in this CME-accredited article!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20216m read

Diagnosing multiple sclerosis

Click here! Learn how to recognize the signs, symptoms, and disease patterns of multiple sclerosis in your patients.

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 26th Jan 20216m read

How to treat multiple sclerosis

Read about the modern medical interventions that are used to treat patients with multiple sclerosis. Click here now!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 22nd Jan 20213m read

Five steps for diagnosing dementia

Click here to read about Medmastery’s five-step approach for diagnosing dementia in patients with cognitive deficits.

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 12th Jan 20215m read

How to differentiate between types of dementia

Learn about the seven common causes of dementia, and the signs and symptoms that differentiate these conditions.

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20217m read

How to diagnose Guillain-Barre syndrome

Click here to read about the diagnostic tests and normal findings for patients with Guillain-Barre syndrome.

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20217m read

Treating Guillain-Barre syndrome

Click here to read about the tests, treatments, and rehabilitative support for patients with Guillain-Barre syndrome.

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20214m read
Chapter 2

Diagnosis and treatment of degenerative spine disorders

In this chapter’s articles, we will provide an orderly approach to handling patients with degenerative changes in the spine. We’ll focus on differentiating potentially serious conditions from those that can be managed conservatively. We’ll cover the evaluation of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar structural disorders and present indications for identifying spinal cord dysfunction (e.g., myelopathy). You’ll also discover how to rule out amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) as a differential diagnosis from other spinal disorders.

How to recognize myelopathy

Click here to read about the signs and symptoms of myelopathy, a serious and often misdiagnosed spinal disorder.

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20219m read

Treating cervical myelopathy

Learn how to use physical exams, imaging, surgery to manage a patient with cervical myelopathy. Click here now!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20216m read

How to diagnose cervical radiculopathy

Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of cervical radiculopathy in your patients. Click here now!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20219m read

Treating cervical radiculopathy

Read about various treatment approaches for your patient’s cervical radiculopathy. Click here to learn more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20216m read

How to diagnose and treat thoracic spinal disorders

Learn about the diagnosis, treatment, and management of thoracic radiculopathy and myelopathy. Read more here!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20218m read

Diagnosing lumbar radiculopathy

Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy in your patients. Click here now!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20219m read

Treating lumbar radiculopathy

Read about treatment strategies and pain management for your patient’s lumbar radiculopathy. Learn more here!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20214m read

How to diagnose and treat lumbar stenosis

Read about diagnosing and managing lumbar stenosis and neurogenic claudication in your patients. Learn more here!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20219m read

Diagnosing generalized back pain

In this article, learn how to diagnose and manage your patient’s lower back pain. Click here for more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20217m read

How to treat generalized low back pain

Learn how to manage acute and chronic generalized low back pain in your patients. Click here to read more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20216m read

Recognizing and treating spinal infections

Learn how to recognize, treat, and manage spinal infections in your patients. Click here to read more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20219m read

How to recognize amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Learn how to recognize amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in your patients. Click here to read more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 13th Jan 20218m read

Treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Tips and tricks for managing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in your patients. Click here to read more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20214m read
Chapter 3

Diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors

The articles included in this chapter discuss how to diagnose and manage common brain tumors. You’ll develop competency with the management of highly malignant tumors such as glioblastomas and metastases, and an appreciation for the challenges of handling pre-and postoperative patients afflicted with benign tumors such as meningiomas, pituitary tumors, and vestibular schwannomas. After reading these articles, you’ll feel prepared to review magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), initiate management for cerebral edema, prophylaxis against seizures, recognize steroid-related adrenal suppression, and address common complications of surgery.

How to recognize and treat meningiomas

Learn how to recognize and safely treat meningiomas in your patients. Click here to read more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 202112m read

Recognizing and treating gliomas using first-line therapies

Read how to recognize gliomas and implement first-line therapy in your patients. Click here to learn more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 13th Jan 20217m read

How to treat gliomas with second-line therapies

Read how to treat your patient’s high-grade astrocytoma with second-line therapies. Click here to learn more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 13th Jan 20217m read

Recognizing pituitary tumors

Learn expert tips and trick for recognizing pituitary tumors in your patients. Click here to learn more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 7th Jan 20217m read

Treating pituitary tumors

Learn from our in-house expert on how to treat your patient’s pituitary tumor. Click here to read more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 26th Jan 20216m read

How to recognize metastatic central nervous system (CNS) tumors

Learn how to recognize metastatic brain and spinal tumors in your patients. Click here to read more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 12th Jan 20215m read

Treating metastatic central nervous system (CNS) tumors

Learn how to manage and treat metastatic CNS tumors in your patients. Click here to read more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 12th Jan 20219m read

How to diagnose and treat a vestibular schwannoma

Get familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of a patient with a vestibular schwannoma. Click here to learn more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 13th Jan 20218m read

Monitoring patients for complications after vestibular schwannoma surgery

Learn the tips and tricks for postoperative monitoring of patients with vestibular schwannomas. Click here for more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 12th Jan 20216m read
Chapter 4

The diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders common in childhood

In these articles, we will review some of the more common structural neurological disorders in children. You’ll discover how to differentiate between benign external hydrocephalus in infants and bona fide hydrocephalus requiring surgical intervention. We’ll review how to assess a child with an oddly shaped head, and distinguish between craniosynostosis or simple positional cranial molding. You’ll become aware of the potential complications of severe spina bifida as well as the signs of a tethered spinal cord in spina bifida occulta. After reading these articles, you’ll know exactly what to do for a child who sustains a head or spinal injury at a sporting event or practice, when they need urgent emergency care, and when they can return to play. 

How to diagnose and treat hydrocephalus in infants and children

Learn about the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of hydrocephalus in children. Click here to read more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 13th Jan 202111m read

Evaluating craniosynostosis

How do you tell when an infant’s oddly shaped head is normal or due to craniosynostosis? Click here to find out more.

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 13th Jan 20214m read

How to differentiate and treat various types of craniosynostosis

Learn how to differentiate and treat types of craniosynostosis in infant patients. Click here for more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 26th Jan 20217m read

Treating myelomeningocele and spina bifida

Learn how to evaluate and care for patients with various forms of spina bifida. Click here to read more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 13th Jan 202111m read

How to assess and treat sports-related head trauma in children

Click here to read about the tips and tricks for recognizing and treating sports-related head injuries in children.

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 13th Jan 20214m read

How to assess and treat sports-related spinal cord injury in children

Click here to read about the tips and tricks for recognizing and treating sports-related spine injuries in children.

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 13th Jan 20219m read

How to assess and treat intractable epilepsy

Learn how to assess and treat intractable epilepsy in children. Click here to read more!

By Gary R. Simonds, MD MHCDS FAANSLast update 13th Jan 20217m read

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