Vertigo, although most commonly associated with inner ear disorders, has several causes including both vestibular, (inner ear), as well as central, (brain based). Dizziness and dysequilibrium, (imbalance), are often seen as secondary effects of vertigo as well, associated with subtle changes in the brain, which we see in those afflicted with vertigo and dizziness. Relief of vertigo symptoms depends on determining and eliminating the cause. Vertigo, dizziness and imbalance may be caused by a more serious condition that many health care providers can miss since they don’t treat neurologic and/or vestibular conditions on a day-to-day basis. In the past, the standard medical treatment for symptoms of dizziness was the prescription of certain vestibular suppressant medications, such as Meclizine. In the last ten years, the understanding of brain function has exploded. The nineties have been referred to as “The Decade of the Brain.” Brain based understanding as well as understanding of vestibular dysfunction, (vertigo and dizziness, presyncope, etc), has yielded extensive new therapies and treatments for resultant conditions, such as vertigo and dizziness, dystonia, as well as a multitude of behavioral disorders, such as attention deficit disorder, (ADD ADHD), dyslexia, etc. It is now known that brain/vestibular dysfunction is is also intimately related to many conditions, including learning disabilities such as ADD ADHD, phobias, panic attacks and anxiety, scoliosis, movement disorders, including dystonia, Parkinson’s, Mild Cognitive Impairment, essential tremors, etc., and brain injury, (TBI, MTBI), as well as vertigo symptoms and symptoms of dizziness, disequilibrium and other disorders of imbalance, which predispose increased and premature fall risk associated with imbalance.
The resultant development of new protocols in diagnosis and treatment primarily of brain based disorders, such as vertigo and dizziness, dystonia, etc., continue to be developed today, and many focus on accepted understanding of central control mechanisms of the brain involved in movement, balance, and postural stability. Our unique approach to treatment incorporates functional integrative neurological and neurodevelopmental rehabilitation. Dr. Scopelliti credits his success with these more exotic neurologic and neuro-otologic conditions to his in-depth diagnosis and conservative treatment protocols which diagnose the true cause of the patient’s symptoms, (like vertigo and dizziness), then treat properly to provide as much long term relief as possible. Our brain based treatments provide brain fitness peak performance by exploiting concepts of neuroplasticity which were concluded to be possible in the 90’s. Neuroplasticity is a concept of neuronal regrowth and replication, which for centuries has been thought to be impossible. We now know that it is not only possible, but that it is in fact how the brain works.
“Over the years, I’ve been treated by many health specialists, but seldom have I ever received the kind of caring, concerned and compassionate attention Dr. Scopelliti has provided.
His dedication to the resolution of my problems has been extraordinary. Prior to treatment he reviewed, in depth, aspects of my experiences with my condition, as well my responses and reactions to these experiences. Armed with this information, he has set up a comprehensive, carefully monitored program tailored to my well-being.
(Never has any specialist probed so deftly for details and insights regarding my condition. And never has any specialist provided such personal attention to combat and overcome my problems.)
Nowadays, when we are often treated so impersonally … when problems are categorized, rather than personalized … Dr. Scopelliti’s intense personal interest in my situation is extremely unique. And joyously welcome.”
“Hi Dr. Scop
You have not heard from me for a while, and that’s because I’m doing great. I am crying thinking about how far I’ve come, and the fact that my balance has gotten better and better each day, thanks to you. I wanted to send you these pictures so anyone you want to show them to can see how you’ve helped me. I now belong to a yoga studio in which I am going to be taking instructor certification classes to become a teacher. It is incredible that for over a year I couldn’t walk at all and then after just a couple of months you had me walking and balancing again. AND NOW I’M HERE!!! We tell everyone about what you’ve done and I’m so thankful for your help. And my parents say hi hope you’re doing well.
This recent ABC News piece examines the myriad of successes which patients have found through FunctionalNeurology.
Because of the high level of specialization and success of our practice, we routinely see patients from out of town and from out of state suffering with untreated complex brain based disorders such as vertigo, dizziness, dysequilibrium, dystonia and traumatic brain injury, (TBI). If you are coming to see us from out of state, you can find a local hotel to make arrangements at by keying in the phrase “hotels in Long Branch NJ” into Google map search box, or, your favorite mapping application. You can find the local map of our office on our Directions page. This will bring up several local hotels and their contact information. We typically advocate spending the week as you will be seeing the doctor daily. Please call our office for any assistance which you may need regarding a hotel stay or transportation.
The following are representative of the types of conditions for which we routinely see patients in our office:
This is the vast majority of our practice, comprised of patients who have been to specialist after specialist, had lots of tests, are not getting better, and are told simply to “Learn To Live With it” or, “Your Problem Is In Your Head”.
Vertigo and Dizziness, Pre-syncope, Balance Loss or Dysequilibrium, Fall Risk.
Dystonia, Torticollis, Ballismus, Tremors, Parkinson’s.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, (MTBI), Post Concussive Syndrome, Seizure Disorder, any Closed Head Injury, Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries and other Accident Injuries.
Migraine & Sick Headaches, Tension Headache, Post Traumatic Cephalgia, Cluster Headaches, Head & Face Pain, Vestibular Migraines.
Child Neurobehavioral Disorders, Neurological Developmental Delay, Tourette’s & Motor Tics, Learning, and Behavioral Disorders: ADD ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; OCD, Child Coordination Disorders, Child Postural Disorders including Scoliosis, Ocular Palsies such as Lazy Eye, etc.
Stroke, (CVA), Tinnitus, Panic disorder, Vasovagal Presyncope, Seizure Disorder, Pain, Pain Syndromes, Nerve Entrapment Syndromes of Arm & Legs, Sensory Processing Disorders, Communicative Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Seizures, Enuresis, etc.
Neck pain, mid and lower back pain, complicated with arm and/or leg pain, or, uncomplicated.
Patients who have been treating for one to two weeks and are not improving or are worsening.
Patients who have been inadvertently cut off from care either by peer review or IME, which appears to be biased and not representative of the patients actual status.
Our office is a fully established balance center focusing largely in the primary treatment of patients with vertigo, dizziness, dysequilibrium, (imbalance & fall risk), dystonia and ADD ADHD.
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