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Could physical therapy improve your nervous system disorder or injury?
If a part of the body gets injured your doctor may recommend going to physical therapy to improve and restore strength and function back into the injured muscle, ligament or tendon. The same theory holds true for the brain. The brain, just like anything else in your body, may require physical therapy if something has inflicted damage on the nervous system. Our Brooklyn, NY, neurologist Dr. Anna Kogan is here to explain how neurological physical therapy could help restore nervous system function.
What is a neurological physical therapist?
Just as a physical therapist specializes in treating patients dealing with movement issues due to injury or disease, neurological physical therapy helps treat and manage the symptoms of those dealing with nervous system damage to improve mobility and how a person functions in day-to-day life.
What problems can neurological physical therapy address?
Our Brooklyn, NY, neurological physical therapist can help patients dealing with a wide range of problems due to nervous system disorders or injuries. Some conditions that can benefit from neurological physical therapy include:
- Spinal cord or brain injuries (central nervous system injuries)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
This specialized form of physical therapy can also help patients with balance issues to prevent falls and other potential injuries. Patients of all ages can benefit from neurological physical therapy, from children dealing with central nervous system damage to senior citizens having trouble with balance due to nervous system disorders.
One major benefit of neurological physical therapy is that our doctor can help improve and even restore mobility in a patient who is currently dealing with neurological damage. We will perform a thorough medical evaluation and discuss your symptoms in-depth during your first visit and from that we will create a comprehensive treatment plan that will work for you for the long term. Plus, physical therapy could end up eliminating the need for more invasive treatments or surgeries in the future.
What does neurological physical therapy entail?
There are a wide variety of treatment options that can be used to improve a patient’s mobility. Some of these options include self-care and at-home exercises, exercises to improve flexibility and strength, treadmill training, as well as neuromuscular re-education and motor retraining. Your physical therapy program will be tailored to meet your specific needs and treatment goals.
The Neurology Center of New York in Brooklyn, NY is dedicated to providing a full range of therapeutic and physical therapy services to patients dealing with many different neurological conditions and injuries. If a neurological problem is affecting your daily life then call our office today to schedule an evaluation. Let’s find out how neurological physical therapy could help.
The throbbing pain of a headache. It's become your almost constant companion. Dr. Anna Kogan of Neurology Center of New York in Brooklyn, NY, offers treatment solutions for headaches and counsels patients on avoidance strategies. Would you like to feel better?
Kinds of headaches
There are about 150 different kinds of headaches, reports Medical News Today. Which kind do you suffer from?
Basically, headaches may be broken down into four broad categories:
- Sinus headaches where the mucosal lining of the frontal, ethmoid, maxillary and sphenoid sinuses (air-filled spaces in the skull) become inflamed, producing copious amounts of mucus, pressure, and intense facial pain
- Cluster headaches, comprised of severe, one-sided pain which starts suddenly and can produce odd symptoms such as drooping eyelids
- Migraine headaches, intense headaches which have onset symptoms, or auras, such as light sensitivity
- Tension headaches, the most frequent kind among adults and the least severe in symptomology (pain is more moderate)
Health care providers consider headaches to be chronic if they happen 15 or more days in a single month.
Documenting and reporting your headache symptoms to Dr. Kogan is key to formulating a treatment strategy at Neurology Center of New York. So, be sure to note your key headache factors:
- Level of pain (on a scale of one to 10)
- Any known triggers (stress, working at a computer, foods, light)
- Accompanying symptoms (such as vomiting, insomnia, or dizziness)
- Family history of headaches
- How long headaches last and their frequency
Together, you and Dr. Kogan will discuss ways to limit your headaches and help you see the results of your treatment strategies. She will do a complete history and physical (possibly including an EEG, blood work, and imaging such as a CT scan) and review any medications you currently take.
Components of headache treatment in Brooklyn
There are many, and all require some patience and persistence. Dr. Kogan and her team may suggest:
- Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or prescription medications
- Caffeine or certain blood pressure medications
- Rest in a darkened room
- Stress reduction techniques
- Relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing
- Dietary supplements
At Neurology Center of New York, Dr. Kogan helps many headache patients control their symptoms and lead healthier, happier, more productive lives. Please don't wait. Get help with your headaches by arranging a consultation with this well-respected neurologist in Brooklyn, NY. Call (718) 758-5777.
According to the National Institutes of Health, over 35 million adults (or roughly 13% of the population) suffer from migraines in the United States. Over three million Americans report suffering from chronic migraines, with at least one episode per month. Depending on their frequency and severity, migraine headaches can be debilitating and can lead to missed work and other quality of life issues. Dr. Anna Kogan, a neurologist in Brooklyn, NY, offers a range of diagnostic, treatment, and pain management options for migraines and neuromuscular disorders and injuries.
Migraine Treatment in Brooklyn, NY
Although they tend to be most common in women (who account for approximately 70% of cases), and adults between the ages of 35 and 55, anyone can suffer from migraine headaches and they can begin in early childhood and progress through adulthood.
Migraines often develop gradually and you may experience early signs of an upcoming attack up to a few days before (known as the prodrome phase.) The intensity and duration of an episode vary from person to person. The most common signs and symptoms of a migraine include:
- Pulsing or throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head
- Sensitivity to light and other environmental stimulants like noise or smells
- Blurry vision
- Feeling lightheaded (or fainting in extreme cases)
- Sensory issues like seeing spots or lines, tunnel vision, numbness and weakness, and even hearing and speech disruptions (known as aura)
When Should You See a Doctor for Headaches and Pain?
Chronic migraines can be disruptive to your overall quality of life, and although they are often confused with standard headaches, migraine symptoms are different and often result from specific triggers. Monitoring your symptoms and triggers over time is important to diagnosing and developing a management plan for migraines. Schedule an appointment with a neurologist if you are experiencing migraine symptoms.
Find a Neurologist in Brooklyn, NY
If you are suffering from headaches, migraines or pain, contact Neurology Center of Brooklyn by calling 718-758-5777 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kogan today.