What is a Chiropractic Neurologist?
Chiropractic Neurologists are highly trained and qualified experts of the brain, spine and nervous system.
As in medicine, the chiropractic profession has specialists who serve their community's patients, as well as providing expert evaluations and consultation to other physicians and health care practitioners. Chiropractic neurologists are chiropractors who have continued with advanced post graduate training and testing to be able to provide all the standard chiropractic services and additionally, the specialized services that their advanced training allows.
How is a chiropractic neurologist different than a medical neurologist or a neurosurgeon?
Chiropractic neurologists, medical neurologists and neurosurgeons differ greatly in their methods of treatment. The medical neurologist will prescribe medications or injections. The neurosurgeon uses surgery to correct a condition. The chiropractic neurologist uses medication free and non-surgical treatment methods.
Many conditions of the brain and nervous system do not respond well to aggressive interventions such as drug therapy or surgery. Additionally, the drug therapies used by medical neurologists, and the surgical interventions of the neurosurgeon often carry increased risks for serious complications or dangerous side effects.
For this reason, chiropractic neurologists fill a unique and significant role in treating brain and nervous system disorders using safe and effective methods producing lasting health benefits.
What conditions do chiropractic neurologists treat?
All the conditions normally seen by chiropractors like pains from injuries caused by lifting, falls, sports injuries, auto accidents, plus:
- Headaches and chronic pain
- Learning and attention disorders
- Developmental disorders
- Head injury or stroke
- Spinal cord and nerve injuries
- Movement disorders
What special diagnostics do chiropractic neurologists use?
In addition to physical examination methods, a chiropractic neurologist may use:
- MRI - magnetic resonance imaging
- CT - computerized tomography
- Blood work
- And others as necessary or appropriate
In addition to physical examination methods, chiropractic neurologists (like Dr. Brodkin) who are also Board Certified in Electrodiagnostics may use:
- EMG - electromyography
- NCV - nerve conduction study
- EPS - evoked potential studies
- EEG - electroencephalograph
- QEEG - quantitative electroencephalograph
- LORETA - a low resolution brain electromagnetic tomography
What treatment methods do chiropractic neurologists use?
Chiropractic treatment methods are safe, effective and can include a wide variety of tools such as:
- Chiropractic adjustments by hand or by instrument to the spine and/or extremities
- Eye exercises
- Balance and coordination activities
- Cognitive exercises and activities
- Sensory training that may include light, sound, smell, or touch
- Physical exercises
- Breathing exercises
- Nutritional modification
- Blood testing
- And many others...
Because chiropractic neurologists often have great success treating patients for whom all other treatment methods have failed, people often ask, "What makes a chiropractic neurologist so special?"
The distinguishing factor is the paradigm, or approach that a chiropractic neurologist uses toward diagnosis and treatment. In addition to evaluating for pathologies as medical doctors do; a chiropractic neurologist evaluates for subtle changes in the function of the nervous system. It is this expertise in detecting subtle changes in function that sets a chiropractic neurologist apart from other specialists.