‘Phantom’ Neurological Conditions: Giving Validity To Your Otherwise Disregarded Symptoms

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By: Dr. John Conde, DC DACNB Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

Quite often, patients visit our office with very unique neurological and musculoskeletal symptoms. They are frustrated because they have visited the top neurological clinics in the country only to be told that their tests are negative and that they cannot be given a definitive diagnosis. New, cutting edge research is shedding some light on these “phantom” neurological conditions.

The term functional lesion applies to an area within the central nervous system where the cells are not functioning to their full capacity. When it is applied to one hemisphere of the brain we utilize the term hemisphericity, which essentially means that one side of the brain is under-functioning.

Research tells us that the brain is lateralized or specialized for certain functions. For example, the left hemisphere is more of a literal brain and is typically the dominant center for language. The right hemisphere is more of an abstract brain and is more specialized for social interaction and visuo-spatial knowledge.

The cerebellum region of the brain is responsible for smooth and coordinated movement, balance, and for initiating thought. An area of the brain stem termed the midbrain is responsible largely for abating pain.

If any of these regions become dysfunctional the symptoms will express themselves according to the affected area.  Now, what does all of this mean to your health? Many neurological symptoms such as dizziness, pain, weakness, numbness-tingling, focusing difficulties, involuntary movement, and twitching may be a manifestation of functional lesions in very precise regions of the brain.

After an extensive neurological and orthopedic evaluation excluding organic causes of these symptoms such as a tumor or metabolic disease, a detailed plan of action will be created to address these dysfunctional regions of the brain utilizing “brain-based” therapies. The goal is to bring about stability in the specific area involved through the use of oxygen, nutrition, and most importantly activation. Modalities such as light, sound, smell, balance challenges, oculomotor exercises, vestibular exercises, postural exercises, hemi-field computer applications, Dynavision D2, and chiropractic adjustments are utilized unilaterally (one sided) to address the functional lesion. The concepts of plasticity are at work as the targeted neurological rehabilitative exercises are making changes at the cell level promoting the sprouting of new synapses and thus increased speeds of communication within the nervous system. This translates into abatement of symptoms and stability.

Dr. John Conde is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist, one of only one thousand in the country. He holds diplomate status through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. He provides specialized care for difficult cases of back neck pain, numbness-tingling, vertigo-dizziness balance disorders, fibromyalgia, migraines, AD/HD, autism, and dyslexia. His office is located at the Atlantic Grove in Delray Beach, FL and can be reached at 561-330-6096, drconde@thecondecenter.com, and at www.thecondecenter.com