The following are answers to frequently asked questions.
Isn’t treatment with a chiropractic neurologist the same as a you get at a regular chiropractic office?
Quite simply put, no. We 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 chiropractor.
I’ve already been to a medical neurologist, and they couldn’t help me.
This is actually quite common. Most of my patients have been to several specialists prior to treatment with me with no resolve. This is typically due to 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.
An insurance company’s 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.
Is treatment covered by insurance? Is financing available?
Advance authorization for reimbursement and direct insurance company payment to Lakernick Brain Center, Inc. is not an option at this time. Some of the diagnostic and treatment procedures may be reimbursable by your insurance company. Following treatment and your payment to Lakernick Brain Center, Inc. we will provide comprehensive documentation and the relevant diagnostic and treatment codes to support your potential reimbursement claim. Financing is also available through a Third Party.
What should I wear?
Your diagnostic and treatment sessions involve substantial physical activity throughout each day. Please wear comfortable clothing and rubber-soled shoes.
Is there paperwork I can fill out ahead of time?
The relevant forms are available for download under the New Patient tab.
How long is my treatment?
Treatment regimens vary but typically range from one to three weeks on an outpatient basis at our Trevose, PA Clinic.
How long has this treatment been around? How does it work?
The chiropractic practice of functional neurology is at the heart of our practice here at Lakernick Brain Center, Inc. Pioneered by Dr. Ted Carrick DC, PhD, functional neurology leverages the rapidly expanding knowledge of the brain and central nervous system to build diagnostics and individually targeted therapies that stimulate brain plasticity, the restorative power of the brain to build new neural connections in response to stimulation.
What is Chiropractic Functional Neurology?
Chiropractic Neurology builds on basic neuroscience and uses various strategies to help improve or re-establish optimal neurological processes. For many individuals who have dealt with neurological or cognitive impairments, the chiropractic functional neurologist can provide carefully determined, cautious and safe care that holds the potential of improving neurological function. Therapeutic goals are determined by a thorough examination, assessment, review of records and consultation with the patient and additional specialists if required.
Additional information can be found under the About Functional Neurology tab
Do you work with other chiropractic and medical doctors?
The Center’s clinical staff works with referring and consulting providers from all over the world. Where appropriate, ongoing care recommendations are provided to the individual and/or their provider(s) for appropriate and continuing care needs.
What physically happens to my body and brain after a Chiropractic Neurological treatment?
After treatment, the joint in question begins to function appropriately with less restriction as there is less irritation placed on the surrounding neurovascular structures. The muscles and ligaments surrounding the joint attain a new, healthier position which minimizes the chance of strain and increases joint stability. The nervous system becomes stimulated from the sensors on the joint being turned on and from brain-based exercises. Actual DNA changes occur at the level of the nerve cell which increases protein production, essentially making the nerve cell much more efficient. This occurs along the specific neurological pathway that was found deficient in the examination and which may be producing the symptoms in question. Lastly, endorphins are released which produces a sense of euphoria.
Can Chiropractic Neurology help sports injuries?
Yes! Different neurological techniques can be utilized to increase or decrease muscle tone in certain joints, reset musculoskeletal firing patterns, increase stability of the joint in question, and increase the communication between the brain and the body. The result is decreased healing time and a quick transition back to the sport of choice.
What is the difference between IMPACT testing and Functional Neurologic testing?
IMPACT testing can be “faked” by the athlete as they typically try to score low on their baseline testing on purpose. If they sustain a head injury during their season the athletic trainer will give them another impact test to compare to their baseline test. If they score better than their baseline test then they can get a RTP (return to play).
Functional Neurologic Testing utilizes objective testing, whereas IMPACT testing utilizes subjective testing. Some of the testing we utilize includes:
VNG (Videonystagography testing):
The VNG utilizes goggles with infrared cameras focused on your eyes and tests your ability to track items with your eyes. We look very carefully at reflexes concerning eye movements as your ability to track, pursue, and saccade (move your eyes from one object of intention to another) is closely tested and evaluated.
Measures balance under four different circumstances: eyes open on a stable surface looking forward (EOSS), eyes closed on a stable surface (ECSS), eyes open on a foam surface (EOFS), and eyes closed on a foam surface (ECFS). Sway patterns are evaluated and stability scores are evaluated for area’s of potential improvement.
Measures hand-eye coordination as well as visual perception and motor speed. This test is performed in front of a 3 foot by 3 foot board with 64 LED’s.
Dr. Lakernick, what excites you most about your practice?
“Each day, in practice I come across patients who have suffered needlessly for many months or even years. These patients have conditions that have not responded to the traditional treatment or therapies they have received in the past. Most have given up hope in living some form of a normal quality of life. To be able to change that situation for a patient, give them hope, and restore function and quality to their life, then see them SMILE & LAUGH again is the greatest pleasure one could receive. But what really excites me most is when people come into the office and are evaluated before they have these terrible symptoms and we improve their brain, spine, and nervous system function so they never have to experience these hardships.”