If any of these ring a bell and you have a known or probable concussion then there is a good chance you are suffering with persistent postconcussion symptoms.
As I go into the Functional Neurology approach, this is going to focus on evaluating how the brain connects and how to fix it. It is not in my opinion a complete approach on its own as there are blind spots that need to be addressed to best stack the deck in your favor, which I will address briefly at the end.
WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGY IN MERIDIAN ID
First, we need to establish what Functional Neurology is. Functional Neurology is a framework of how to evaluate brain function. Traditional neurologic evaluations are limited to MRI/CT scans, labs, and a very brief physical examination. There are many individuals who will have normal findings on those tests and don’t get proper care as a result. This is where Functional Neurology provides so many answers, which it can also do for those who do have positive MRI/CT findings as well.
Functional Neurology uses a detailed neurological examination to see how different parts of the brain are functioning. Some of the key components of the exam are balance and eye movement testing. There is so much information these provide and an examination isn’t complete without it. I recommend finding someone that uses computerized technologies for the testing as it becomes repeatable and can be compared easily.
FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGY TREATMENT FOR CONCUSSION
After a comprehensive Functional Neurology evaluation is performed the provider will have the information they need to create a unique treatment plan for you. There isn’t one approach that works for everyone. Treatment is usually based on specific neurological based therapies to target the parts of the brain that are not connecting appropriately. Examples of therapies include balance, gaze fixation, pursuits, sensory stimulation, and hand-eye coordination.
Many individuals who receive care start seeing improvement after about 5 days of treatment even if it has been months or years of struggling. The exact amount of treatment is different for each person as there are many factors that impact the brain’s ability to change, which brings us to the last part.
COMPREHENSIVE CONCUSSION TREATMENT
As good as Functional Neurology is, it only addresses how to connect the brain but ignores factors that would sabotage the ability of the brain to connect. This is where a comprehensive approach is needed which includes labs, stress response, oxygenation, nutrition, and more.