FAQ

The following are answers to frequently asked questions.

Isn’t a chiropractic neurologist going to treat me the same as a chiropractor would?

Quite simply put, no.  We tend to use an array of diagnostic equipment not commonly found in non-specialists office.  The ongoing training in neurology is so vast and encompassing that many rehabilitation techniques are utilized which are not taught in basic training to become a doctor.

Do I need to treat three times a week for a long time?

No.  This is a myth perpetuated by others who have done this.  Our patient visit average is under ten visits, with most achieving significant relief in less then five visits.

I’ve already been to a medical neurologist, and they couldn’t help me.

This is actually quite common.  Most all of my patients have been to several specialists prior to treating with me with no resolve.  This is because of the difference in treatment methods, and the diagnostic abilities of the examining doctor. Because you have not been successfully treated elsewhere has absolutely no bearing on your potential for success with us.

I called my insurance company and they said that I can get the same treatment from any chiropractor.

This is actually very common.  An insurance companies prime directive is functioning as a “for profit” business.  As such, they will try to save money wherever possible.  By directing you to an in network provider, they save a lot of money as they typically do not pay that provider as well as the out of network provider.  Further, when treating in network, your provider can only provide those services authorized by your insurance carrier.  As such, your insurance company may direct you to treat with some in network provider and not disclose the fact that they are not comparably trained or specialty boarded.

My doctor said that I should not consider chiropractic treatment.

First off, no practitioner of any type should make this statement, as they are not trained in these applications.  Having said that, if your doctor says something like this, you should consider his training.  Is he current?  Has he taken any medical coursework recently to stay current?  Is his office and equipment current or outdated and shoddy?  Has he done anything helpful for you regarding your problem otherwise?  Most practitioners that would make such a statement are probably not current in their medical training. Not only should this advise be disregarded, it should be taken as a clue that you should probably consider looking for a replacement with more current medical training.

Who certifies the doctors competency in neurology?

Board certification in neurology is recognized by NOAA/NOCA, the national assurance credentialing sources for all medical specialties.  Fellowship in neurology is granted through the ACFN.  Fellowship in vestibular rehabilitation is granted through the ABVR. Please reference our Certifications page for more information and a link to their websites.

Additional patient comments maintained by our EHR and the ability to schedule your own appointment can be found here.

Dr. Scopelliti is a Functional Neurologist in Monmouth County NJ.

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  1. I went to a chiropractor a couple of years ago for lower back treatment. The Dr. took an x-ray of my spine and noticed a cervical disk erosion. Presently I have numbness in my hands and migraines about once a month. What do you recommend?

    • Thanks for contacting me. Well, that is very little information to correlate, however, it is entirely likely that the numbness in your hands is related to the neck. On the other hand although the migraines could be connected, the likelihood is less so. Migraines occur for lots of reasons and with what you told me there just isn’t enough information to show cause. Sounds like you need a thorough neurologic examination, and an MRI of your cervical spine may also be indicated pending the evaluation. If you would like to see me you can contact my office at debbie@dcneuro.net. Otherwise you can also email me privately at dcneuro@dcneuro.net.

      Best…

      Dr. S.

  2. Steve SchmadebeckDecember 28, 2011 @ 2:55 pmReply

    My daughter has scoliosis 40 degrees.She started having anxiety and OCD last fall.We currently have her on zoloft and she is in a hospital now for the third time in the past 16 months due to her not willing or able to abide by society rules.She will not go to bed or basically do anything we ask.The meds are masking the problem and not fixing or finding the root problem-we live in the Chicago area-any hope out there for her?

    • Steve, sorry to take this long to get back to you, somehow your message evaded me. (I get like 100/day). I know a colleague in the Chicago area that would be happy to help. If you could email me directly at drs@dcneuro.net I will provide you with his information.

      Best…

  3. Almost a year ago, I began to see small, dark black spots in my peripheral vision (more drastically in direct sunlight). From here, the spots began to worsen, turning into tiny shooting lines. Concurrently, I started feeling dizzy and lightheaded at different and random times throughout the day. These spots then developed into bright, flashing lights, mixed with dark spots and lines that occurred all day, 24 hours a day. I am dizzy all the time. These disturbances have been going on since around January of this year. I have taken several brain scans, x-rays, blood work, and many other tests. I have seen doctors and physicians in many hospitals and clinics ranging from Optometrists to Neurologists. None of which were able to figure out what certain condition I have. It wasn’t until I went to a hospital in Ocoee, Florida for several days, that one doctor said he may have found an answer. I took an EEG test that determined I had abnormal brain wave activity. He prescribed a medication for epilepsy and told me to see a doctor back in California, considering I was leaving to go back home the following day. I took his advice, keeping in mind I did not have insurance, and arranged to see a Neurologist at the county clinic. This doctor prescribed another epilepsy medication. This medication, along with the previous, had done nothing to affect my condition. He claims I do not have epilepsy and does not know of a plausible cause or solution.

  4. Are there any cases of balance problem linked to ADHD?I have balance problems,have been to different doctors,with no results,but I’ve been told the problem is neurological.The different tests I’ve had,MRI,blood work, tilt table showed nothing.Do you have any suggestions?
    thanks

    • Balance problems are invariably associated with ADHD. My office treats ADHD and we have yet to see one case where there was not an associated balance problem. That is to say that all of this group of patients fails their initial stability test, which essentially assesses balance and risk of fall. Your predicament is not uncommon as few doctors are trained to treat these types of problems. Seeing that this is my area of sub-specialization, there is much that can be done through my office. It is also not uncommon for all of those tests to be normal. MRI picks up problems that can be viewed from a picture, strokes, tumors, etc. When your problem is neurophysiologic, this is much like taking a picture of your car and giving it to your mechanic and asking him to tell you from looking at the picture why your car wont start.

      My suggestion would be to call my office and come in and see me.



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