What is a Neurologist?

neurologyIntroduction to Neurology
Neurology is the branch of medicine concerned with the study and treatment of disorders of the nervous system. The nervous system is a complex, sophisticated system that regulates and coordinates body activities. It has two major divisions:

  • Central nervous system: the brain and spinal cord
  • Peripheral nervous system: all other neural elements, such as eyes, ears, skin, and other “sensory receptors”

A doctor who specializes in neurology is called a neurologist. The neurologist treats disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, such as:

  • Cerebrovascular disease, such as stroke
  • Demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis
  • Headache disorders
  • Infections of the brain and peripheral nervous system
  • Movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Seizure disorders, such as epilepsy
  • Spinal cord disorders
  • Speech and language disorders

Neurologists do not perform surgery. If one of their patients requires surgery, they refer them to a neurosurgeon.

Howard Ruskin, MD

Dr. Howard Ruskin is a board certified Neurologist who is a fellow in the American Academy of Neurology, and has been in private practice in Plantation for 42 years. He graduated from the University of Miami, School of Medicine and did an internship in medicine and residency in neurology at the Jackson Memorial Hospital affiliated with the University of Miami, School of Medicine. Subsequently, he was chief of neurology at the United States Public Services Hospital in San Francisco during the Vietnam War and returned to Florida in 1972 to open his private practice in Plantation. He is a faculty member in Neurology with the position of Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of Miami. He has a general neurology practice enjoying taking care of patients with multiple neurological problems. He serviced as chief of staff at Westside Regional Medical Center and chief of medicine at Plantation General Hospital.

He enjoys special time with his seven grand-children and likes to fish with his son. He also expresses his artistic ability by oil painting.

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Yelena Vidgop, M.D.

Dr. Yelena Vidgop is a Neurologist with subspecialty training in Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular diseases. She specializes in treating patients with peripheral neuropathy, radiculopathy, myopathy and epilepsy disorders. Dr. Vidgop also evaluates and treats patients with migraines, back pain and muscle spasms in addition to general neurology conditions such as stroke, movement disorders, memory loss, facial pain syndromes, as well as, multiple sclerosis. Dr. Vidgop is trained in the use of Botox therapy for the treatment migraine headaches and minimally invasive trigger point injections for muscle spasms and occipital neuralgias. She also uses EMG guided Botox injections to treat spasticity and dystonia.
Dr. Vidgop is a member of the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM), American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS). She is also a member of the Neuropathy Support Network Advisory Board. Each of these prominent organizations requires members to be board certified and in good standing.

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