Functional Neurology

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Did you know that the brain and nervous system change constantly and that new neurons can be created by the body? This is called neuroplasticity, and this one of the fundamental concepts of functional neurology. The doctor will look at subtle changes in the nervous system through a variety of tests. These tests involve closely observing the activity of the patients eyes, as well as their hearing and walking abilities. The patient’s memory is also tested through a handful different questions and tasks. Afterwards, the information is analyzed and the doctor will determine what type of treatment is right for the patient. The goal of treatment is to make changes in the nervous system and brain to help the patient function the best that they can.

Functional neurologists can treat a wide variety of conditions including:

  • Brain injuries and trauma such as concussions
  • Neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
  • Movement disorders like restless leg syndrome and tics
  • Demyelinating conditions such as MS
  • Vestibular conditions like vertigo, dizziness, and Meniere’s disease
  • Neurodevelopment disorder such as ADHD, dyslexia, and processing disorders
  • Headaches
  • Pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome
  • Cerebro-vascular disorders such as strokes

Additionally, functional neurologist are specialized in providing treatments for injuries of unknown origin. That is, injuries that present itself through uncommon or unorthodox means. Because a functional neurologists heavily focus on conditions and symptoms rather than exact diagnoses, it is not uncommon for patients to be able to find relief for their problems here when they could not anywhere else.

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding functional neurology, please make an appointment with Dr. Funk and he would be happy to have a consultation with you. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on our business.