Conditions We Treat with MidCoast Chiropractic Neurology

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

Concussion & Traumatic/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI/mTBI)

Concussion and TBI are words that have become more common in recent years due to the increased attention generated in the media by high-level athletes, and the increased amount of research focused on these conditions.

However, these are not new or fad diagnoses.

They are just as prevalent now as they were thirty years ago. The difference is that we are understanding more each day about the short- and long-term implications of these types of injuries. With the ever-progressing evolution of clinical neuroscience’s understanding of concussion and TBI comes a responsibility for medical providers to stay on top of the research, and this is very much a priority for MCN.

Concussion and TBI/mTBI are brain injuries that change the way the brain functions. Most of the time, structural damage does not occur; therefore, imaging studies of the brain, such as MRI or CT, are usually normal. Patients are left with the lingering question as to why they are still having symptoms or even, in many cases, why they can begin to develop symptoms over time.

These are complex injuries affecting multiple systems, and we know from recent research that minor bumps to the head occurring repetitively over time can result in greater impacts on one’s brain health/function than a single, major injury might. No two brain injuries are alike, and the symptoms and consequences can vary from one person to another. With our specialized training in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of brain injury, we are able to comprehensively evaluate each individual clinical presentation and design an appropriate therapeutic plan for rehabilitation unique to that patient.

Symptoms commonly associated with concussion and post-concussion syndrome include:

  • Visual disturbances
  • Headaches
  • Mental fatigue & mental fogginess
  • Anxiety & emotional imbalances
  • Behavioral control issues
  • Balance & coordination problems
  • Dizziness, vertigo & lightheadedness
  • Light, sound & touch sensitivity
  • Memory problems
  • Sleep disturbances
Puzzle Concept of Brain Health with MidCoast Chiropractic Neurology
Puzzle Concept of Brain Health with MidCoast Chiropractic Neurology
Concussion & Traumatic/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI/mTBI)

Concussion and TBI are words that have become more common in recent years due to the increased attention generated in the media by high-level athletes, and the increased amount of research focused on these conditions.

However, these are not new or fad diagnoses.

They are just as prevalent now as they were thirty years ago. The difference is that we are understanding more each day about the short- and long-term implications of these types of injuries. With the ever-progressing evolution of clinical neuroscience’s understanding of concussion and TBI comes a responsibility for medical providers to stay on top of the research, and this is very much a priority for MCN.

Concussion and TBI/mTBI are brain injuries that change the way the brain functions. Most of the time, structural damage does not occur; therefore, imaging studies of the brain, such as MRI or CT, are usually normal. Patients are left with the lingering question as to why they are still having symptoms or even, in many cases, why they can begin to develop symptoms over time.

These are complex injuries affecting multiple systems, and we know from recent research that minor bumps to the head occurring repetitively over time can result in greater impacts on one’s brain health/function than a single, major injury might. No two brain injuries are alike, and the symptoms and consequences can vary from one person to another. With our specialized training in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of brain injury, we are able to comprehensively evaluate each individual clinical presentation and design an appropriate therapeutic plan for rehabilitation unique to that patient.

Symptoms commonly associated with concussion and post-concussion syndrome include:

  • Visual disturbances
  • Headaches
  • Mental fatigue & mental fogginess
  • Anxiety & emotional imbalances
  • Behavioral control issues
  • Balance & coordination problems
  • Dizziness, vertigo & lightheadedness
  • Light, sound & touch sensitivity
  • Memory problems
  • Sleep disturbances
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Dizziness/Balance and Vestibular System Problems

The vestibular system gives us our sense of balance and detects information pertaining to body and head position, especially in relation to gravity. It plays an integral role in postural reflexes and coordination of eye movements, and helps modulate autonomic nervous system control of blood pressure and heart rate in response to changes in body position against gravity.

Symptoms commonly reported in patients with a degree of Vestibular Dysfunction:

  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Floating sensations
  • Balance problems
  • Postural changes
  • Difficulties walking
  • Tripping or bumping into things a lot
  • Motion sickness
  • Problems with depth perception
  • Problems with vision
  • Anxiety
Neuro-Developmental Disorders

Neuro-Developmental Disorders are clinical presentations originating during the critical stages of central nervous system development. They can originate while the child is developing in utero or throughout any point during childhood when the brain is constantly developing new neural connections and maturing at an incredible rate.

Some of the most common clinical indications occur during the first two to three years of life, with variations in the normal stages of early development. These variations are oftentimes thought of in terms of delayed milestones only. However, skipping over or reaching milestones very early can be related to inappropriate maturational development of the central nervous system.

Developmental Disorders can occur as the result of countless factors, however some common situations related to these clinical presentations include Cesarean birth, premature birth, the mother’s health during pregnancy, or epigenetic influences.

Examples of conditions classified under Neuro-Developmental Disorders include:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Types I, II, III
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Behavioral problems
  • Dyslexia
  • Learning disorders
  • Motor system disorders of childhood
  • Sensory processing disorder
Conditions We Treat with MidCoast Chiropractic Neurology
Conditions We Treat with MidCoast Chiropractic Neurology
Neuro-Developmental Disorders

Neuro-Developmental Disorders are clinical presentations originating during the critical stages of central nervous system development. They can originate while the child is developing in utero or throughout any point during childhood when the brain is constantly developing new neural connections and maturing at an incredible rate.

Some of the most common clinical indications occur during the first two to three years of life, with variations in the normal stages of early development. These variations are oftentimes thought of in terms of delayed milestones only. However, skipping over or reaching milestones very early can be related to inappropriate maturational development of the central nervous system.

Developmental Disorders can occur as the result of countless factors, however some common situations related to these clinical presentations include Cesarean birth, premature birth, the mother’s health during pregnancy, or epigenetic influences.

Examples of conditions classified under Neuro-Developmental Disorders include:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Types I, II, III
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Behavioral problems
  • Dyslexia
  • Learning disorders
  • Motor system disorders of childhood
  • Sensory processing disorder
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Alterations in Neural Timing

Every sound that we hear, every word that we speak, every movement we make, every behavior we express, and every thought that we generate rely on lightning-fast neural communications across a multitude of networks in our brain. This communication relies on precise and synchronized timing and rhythm in order to function optimally. When this rhythm and/or timing is off, even by a nanosecond, it can result in a breakdown in neural communications that are commonly associated with a variety of clinical presentations.

Symptoms commonly associated with alterations in neural timing/rhythm:

  • Impulsivity
  • Incoordination
  • Poor reaction time
  • Slowing of movements
  • Poor gross or fine motor control
  • Attentional problems
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Altered sleep/wake cycles
Additional Conditions We Treat
  • Autonomic dysfunction (examples: POTs, orthostatic intolerance)
  • Chronic pain syndromes
  • Dystonia
  • Gait & balance problems
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Mood disorders
  • Movement disorders
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Repetitive use injuries
  • Whiplash injuries

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- Amanda M