Chiropractic Neurology

TypBrain neuronsically, a chiropractic neurologist serves in the same consulting manner as a medical neurologist.  The difference is that the therapies or applications of a chiropractic neurologist do not include drugs or surgery.  As a result, certain conditions are more customarily seen by a chiropractic neurologist as opposed to a medical neurologist, and vice versa.   Specifically, our doctors see patients with brain based disorders.  These include a multitude of behavioral disorders, including ADD, ADHD, Tourrettes, autism, and a variety of movement and balance disorders, including vertigo, positional vertigo, dizziness, pre-syncope, dystonia and closed head injuries including mild traumatic brain injury and post concussive syndrome.  Additionally, our doctors treat patients with pain disorders including radiculopathy or nerve entrapment syndromes that are consequences of peripheral or central types of lesions, and headaches.  Doctors may tend to sub specialize in one area or another based on personal interest and/or degree of advanced study.  Chiropractic neurologists can provide therapies and treatments as well as council when there is a diagnostic dilemma or a question of appropriateness of care regarding an individual lesion or clinical scenario.

The training to become a board certified neurologist in the chiropractic profession is an additional three years after the doctor’s degree, which is conducted under the auspices of an accredited university or college that is recognized by the U.S. Office of Education.  During that training, there is a didactic and residency-based/clinically based training.  After completing those requirements, the doctor will sit for a board examination in neurology, which is held once per year by our independent examining board.  The areas that are examined are specific to the field of neurology, and include clinical and diagnostic techniques and knowledge of neurophysiology.  The certification examination includes oral and practical portions as well as a battery of psychometric testing.  There are currently ~250 board certified chiropractic neurologists in the world.1

1. Dr. Frederick Carrick, Neuro Practice; Sep. 1998; Vol 5 #9, p66.

Finding a Chiropractic Neurologist to Work With

To find the nearest doctor, refer to the NJCCN membership directory.  Doctors are listed as certified, qualified, or currently training in the neurology program.