Case Study: Neurology & Chronic Pain

case studies neuro mentorship neurology Nov 13, 2023
Do you have clients that live day to day grappling with chronic pain and it is hurting their quality of life?   Listen to this case study as we dive into Torrin's case and maybe you will find the solution you have been looking for. 
Torrin's case study opens a window into the intricate world of her visual and vestibular systems, revealing the pivotal role these systems play in her overall health. As Torrin faced chronic pain, fatigue, and a sense of bodily disconnection, the investigation into her neurology honed in on the visual and vestibular dimensions, unearthing subtle yet profound imbalances.
To set the stage, let's rewind and revisit the initial health issues Torrin faced, which laid the foundation for the transformative interventions we are about to explore.

Initial Health Issues:

Torrin's journey began with a myriad of health issues, a complex puzzle that baffled both her and her healthcare team. Chronic pain, fatigue, and a sense of disconnection from her body were the unwelcome companions on her daily odyssey. The search for answers led her to Next Level Neuro,  where a comprehensive assessment unfolded, revealing subtle yet crucial deficiencies in her visual and vestibular systems.

Connecting the Dots

Navigating the intricate interplay between Torrin's visual and vestibular systems, assessments uncovered hidden issues, emphasizing the importance of addressing neurological systems beyond the immediate site of pain.

Visual System Assessment:

Torrin's visual system assessment began with a meticulous exploration of her eye movements, gaze stability, and the integration of visual information. The Brock string emerged as a crucial tool in this phase. This simple yet effective device consisted of colored beads strung along a string. By focusing on specific beads, Torrin engaged in exercises that illuminated underlying issues with eye coordination and convergence.
The assessment brought to light challenges Torrin faced in smoothly coordinating her eye movements, a skill crucial for activities ranging from reading to navigating the world. These challenges, though seemingly minor, were identified as contributing factors to her overall discomfort and pain. Addressing these intricacies became a foundational step in her journey toward healing.

Vestibular (inner ear) System Insights:

Parallel to the exploration of Torrin's visual system, attention turned to her vestibular system – the complex network of structures in the inner ear that governs balance and spatial orientation. Vestibular assessments, including tests for positional awareness and balance reactions, uncovered imbalances that had likely been overlooked in previous examinations.
The significance of the vestibular system cannot be overstated; its proper function is essential for stability, coordination, and the ability to move confidently through space. For Torrin, identifying and addressing vestibular issues became a linchpin in the comprehensive approach to her neurological health.

Client/Patient-Centered Care:

Crucially, Torrin's case underscores the importance of client/patient-centered care. The neurology team didn't merely treat symptoms; they delved into the nuances of Torrin's experience, recognizing that her visual and vestibular challenges were integral components of her overall well-being. This holistic approach, tailored to Torrin's unique needs, exemplifies the depth and efficacy of applied neurology in addressing complex health issues at their root.
As we continue to unravel Torrin's case study, each section unveils a new layer of the transformative journey she undertook, providing insights that resonate far beyond her individual experience.

Toward Healing – Scar Work and Sensory Input:

In a pivotal moment in Torrin's journey, scar work and sensory input took center stage. An unconventional yet effective approach introduced Torrin to the significance of connecting with her scar, an area she had long neglected. The blog post explores the emotional and physical transformations as Torrin engaged in exercises like rubbing a towel along her scar, breaking the cycle of avoidance, and re-establishing vital sensory input.
Torrin's journey serves as a testament to the transformative power of applied neurology in reshaping her life. Stay tuned for the next installment as we continue to unpack Torrin's case study, delving into the nuances of applied neurology and the profound impact it has on her ongoing recovery.
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