Osteopathic Neurologist

Tackle nervous system conditions in a holistic manner.
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Very Good

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~ $172,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Osteopathic Neurologists do?

Nerves, and the tiny cells that support them, make up about five percent of the human body. These nerves allow people to hear, see, smell, touch, taste, move, and think. They’re an important part of what makes life worth living, and what makes life even possible to begin with.

However, these nerves aren’t invincible. Disease, accidents, and genetic problems can all cause nerve damage. An Osteopathic Neurologist is trained to diagnose and treat these issues, and provide relief.

As an Osteopathic Neurologist, you’re trained to treat the entire person. While a Neurologist might consider a patient to be a bundle of nerves that needs fixing, an Osteopathic Neurologist is concerned with the interplay of the nervous system and the rest of the body’s responses. As a result, you spend a significant amount of time talking to, and working with, your patients. Performing full exams, doing subtle physical adjustments, and reading over the person’s entire medical record helps you form a clear picture of their issue.

EMG Technicians, Radiologists, and Laboratory Technicians stand at the ready to run tests. When the results come back, you use them to further clarify the patient’s diagnosis.

At the end of all of this poking, prodding, and testing, you tell the patient what you’ve found, and you develop a treatment program. Sending a patient to physical therapy or to surgery might be helpful, but medications might also do the trick. You also write a report for the patient’s Doctor, so the entire medical team knows what you’ve recommended.


Should I be an Osteopathic Neurologist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • How to become an Osteopathic Neurologist

    We recommend at least a Doctoral degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's. Check out these schools offering Osteopathic Neurologist-related education!
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