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Functional Assessment

Diagnostic assessment starts with an in-depth comprehensive history, gathering crucial information about the patient’s symptoms as well as past and family history. A thorough physical will be performed to determine how the patient is functional and processing their environment. Based on the essential information gathered from the examination and the judgment of our physicians, we may order additional lab test and advanced imaging when necessary. A specific diagnosis will be composed based on the information collected. The initial assessment will serve as a reference as treatment is being administered.

Available In – Office Testing Includes:

  • Video-oculography (VOG)
  • Comprehensive Assessment of Postural Systems (CAPS)
  • RightEye
  • Interactive Metronome
  • Spark Motion

Video – Oculography (VOG)

Eye movements are essential in tracking an object or to stabilize an imaging during movement. A dysfunction in the patient’s eye movements may lead to balance issues, dizziness, coordination problems, headaches. During the examination, the patient wears infrared goggles that record the patient’s eye. VOG examination consists of series of tests, tracking or stabilizing an image, eliciting an optokinetic reflex (OKR) or vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR). VOG is a powerful tool to investigate the underlining dysfunctional condition, whether it is vestibular, ocular, cerebellar, and/or cerebral in origin.

Comprehensive Assessment of Postural Systems (CAPS)

Comprehensive Assessment of Postural Systems (CAPS) is a non-invasive specialized clinical assessment technique utilized to quantify how a person is able to control posture and balance. During the examination, the patient is position onto horizontal platform while performing varying tasks to assess the patient’s ability integrate complex interactions between sensory, motor, and central nervous system processing. CAPS aids in our physicians to determine the root of the problem, as well as determining the patient’s risk to fall, optimal training strategies, monitoring rehabilitation and recovery process.

RightEye

RightEye uncovers dysfunction in the patient’s eye movement utilizing eye-tracking assessments similar to the VOG. Analyzing eye movement, neurological processing, and reaction time, the physician is able to

pinpoint vision and neurological issue while identifying the root cause of balance issues, dizziness, and headaches by involving the VOR. A reading assessment may be performed to reveal the cause of learning

disabilities, poor handwriting, low comprehension, and short attention span. By utilizing RightEye, the physician is able to compare eye movement, neurological processing, and reaction time to the vision of the patient peers, amateurs and professional athletes. From these analytics our physicians construct a specific intervention that is tailored to an individual patient, whether it is treating concussion or other brain injuries, improving reading and comprehension skills.

Interactive Metronome (IM)

Timing mechanisms in the brain are important to perform even the simplest task. There is a growing body of research describing the neural timing deficits in ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Reading Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, Parkinson’s, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Stroke. By addressing the timing in the brain with Interactive Metronome (IM) alongside with VOG and CAPS assessments our physicians are able to affect a specific area of the brain. This allows our physicians to determine the root of the problem and leads to more efficient and effective treatment tailored to the individual patient.

Spark Motion

Spark Motion utilizes motion analysis technology that allows our physicians to determine how our patients functionally move. During the examination, the patient will be recorded performing a series of  movements to determine their movement patterns. Based on these movements along with gait analysis and ergonomics, our physicians construct a unique treatment plan for each patient. Treatment is tailored to reaching the patient’s maximal human performance potential, whether it is improving athletic performance, reaching fitness goals, enhancing the ability to perform tasks at work, improving recreational performance, or improving home life. At any phase of life, an individual wants to perform to their greatest ability.

Laboratory Testing

Based on a comprehensive and thorough examination, our physicians may require further laboratory testing.

Tests may include:

  • Comprehensive blood panel
  • Metabolic panel
  • Hormonal panel
  • Antibody panel
  • Food sensitivity panel
  • Genetic testing
  • Digestive Stool Analysis