4- 5 MILLION CONCUSSIONS HAPPEN ANNUALLY AND EVEN MORE GO UNREPORTED. THESE INJURIES CAN LEAD TO SIGNIFICANT NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES THROUGHOUT LIFE.
Due to the unique nature of concussion, people are affected very differently. Some common symptoms include the following:
- Brain fog
- Neck Pain and limited motion
- Confusion or cognitive changes
- Decreased alertness
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Memory loss
- Muscle weakness
- Problems with positional awareness
Because concussions create underlying brain dysfunction, a functional neurological examination is critical to making an accurate diagnosis and creating an appropriate treatment plan. In addition to cognitive assessment, a neurologist in NYC will perform careful evaluation of brainstem based functions like eye movements and the vestibular system are critical to ascertain how they are driving brain systems.
We also look very carefully at metabolism and genetics. Blood, urine and stool testing is essential to uncover biochemical weakness that can be playing in persistent symptoms. Hormones such as thyroid are carefully evaluated. We are one of the only practices on the east coast to offer the TRH Stimulation Test to evaluate thyroid function more carefully. We look for autoimmune conditions, gastroinstestinal imbalances and MTHFR gene mutations that are known to play a role in perpetuating neurological symptoms..
We utilize advanced testing like VNG, VAT, SIBO Breath Testing, Computerized Balance Testing and autonomic response testing when necessary.
ART + SCIENCE = DIAGNOSIS
At the Kellman Center, we blend art and science by examining all of the body’s systems and how they interact. We look for clues in patient behavior, as well as in medical tests, for potential imbalances. Sometimes a seemingly small correction in one area can have a huge impact on a person’s overall ability to think, speak, and control his or her body.
We look deeper to diagnose each person as an individual. We explore such critical and diverse factors as diet, genetics, and environmental stresses. Our broader, yet deeper perspective allows us to create a customized treatment plan for each individual. By combining functional neurology and functional medicine, we often achieve extraordinary results for our patients.
We take a highly individualized approach to treatment, depending on the unique needs of each patient. Some of the therapies we use include the following:
- Oculomotor therapies
- Balance training
- Hyperbaric oxygen treatment
- Low Level Laser Therapy
- Anti-inflammatory approaches
- EWOT (Exercise with Oxygen Therapy)
- Lipid replacement therapy
- Mitochondrial support
- IV Magnesium/Glutathione
- IV Supplementation