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Concussion, ADHD, Dizziness: Identifying a Common Cause

There has been amazing advancement in the understanding and treatment of disorders such as ADHD, dizziness, concussions, and other conditions affected by brain degeneration, imbalance or trauma. All of these conditions share a common cause—an imbalance in the brain activity or function.

 

Our doctors and therapists have acquired hundreds of hours in post doctorate study of these conditions and the latest treatment options. Each patient’s experience and symptoms directs us to develop a custom approach to treatment.

Examination of Symptoms

To gain understanding of a patient’s condition, we start by examining their symptoms. The goal of the examination is to determine if the brain is functioning properly. The hemispheres and lobes of the brain have different functions and certain symptoms will indicate that the brain is not firing as it should.

 

For example, the cerebellum functions to balance the body and for spatial awareness. The temporal lobe functions to retain memory and to smell. The parietal lobe receives sensation from the body including touch, vibration, and pain. The occipital lobe is involved in sight and the frontal lobe for attention, focus and executive planning. This is a simplified summary of the different functions of each lobe. By reviewing the patient’s symptoms in detail, a picture of the location of the lesion begins to appear.

 

Examination of Neurological Function

The next step is a functional neurology exam. The doctor will do tests for each of the lobes as well as the left and right hemisphere of the brain. We will test sense of smell, balance, sensation, hearing and vision. Eye movements, gait, posture, and hundreds of other tests are used to locate the lesion.

 

One test we use is the Interactive Metronome. This test will precisely determine ability to find the beat of the metronome and compare the score with other people of the same age group. In children with frontal lobe delayed development or athletes with concussion for example, the scores will be out of range.

 

Another test to determine how the brain is firing is an EEG Brain Map that is done as part of Neurofeedback. The EEG for the brain is much like an EKG for the heart. It allows us to monitor the different brain waves and compare them to a normative data base. For example, a patient with ADHD has a characteristic map that allows us to predict symptoms of poor attention and focus. The same is true for many other brain based disorders such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, concussion and others.

 

These examinations give us a greater understanding of the cause of a condition and allows us to customize our treatment approach, targeting a specific area of the brain. This results in greater patient outcomes including a reduction in symptoms and speedier recovery, when applicable.

 

Joe Bertsch, DC

Joe Bertsch, DC

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