Olga O. Brusil, MD
Neurology & Clinical Neurophysiology

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Dr. Olga O. Brusil specializes in neurology and clinical neurophysiology.
 
Neurology is a clinical specialty devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the nervous system.  The nervous system includes the Central Nervous System (brain and the spinal cord) and Peripheral Nervous System (the nerves originating from the Central Nervous System that go to organs and tissues they innervate.
 
Clinical Neurophysiology is a clinical sub-specialty that studies the central and peripheral nervous systems through the recording of bioelectrical activity, whether spontaneous or stimulated.  Among other tests, this involves conducting Nerve Conduction Studies and Electromyography, two functional tests that evaluate how well the nerves conduct electrical signals they receive from the Central Nervous System and transmit into the target tissues or organs, as well as how well the muscles respond to such electrical stimuli.  Both of these tests are performed and interpreted at the office by Dr. Brusil.
 
The nervous system controls our organs, sensations and behavior, and therefore the kinds of symptoms that may result from disorders of the nervous system are almost without limit.
 
Symptoms of neurological disease include not only problems stereotypically attributed to the brain (poor memory, inability to focus, blackouts, poor balance, headache, seizures, speech disorders, stroke), but involve abnormal sensations (numbness, tingling, burning), muscular symptoms (muscle stiffness or weakness, uncontrollable shaking of extremities or tremor, problems with gait and inability to walk), abnormality of other systems (incontinence, constipation, sexual dysfunction), including emotional changes.
 
Conversely, many diseases or conditions may lead to nerve entrapment and/or inflammation, disturbances in the clotting mechanisms, blood pressure elevation, electrolyte imbalance and other abnormalities that contribute to the development of secondary (that is, originating outside of the nervous system) neurological symptoms.

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