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Cognitive measurement and management for non-specialists

​For a time, it was believed that identifying cognitive impairments or offering cognitive measurement tests was reserved for practices that specialized in neurological conditions and treatments.

But the Cognitive Measurement and Management System ​has been designed specifically for the non-neurologist to objectively measure and assess cognitive impairments over time.​ Among these are memory loss, anxiety, depression, dementia, traumatic brain injury, PTSD and others.​

Many tools used to assess memory loss, cognitive impairment, anxiety or attention deficit rely on tests that need to be analyzed by trained experts in the field. The Cognitive Measurement and Management System relies on objective, quantitative measurements that can be assessed by practitioners who do not have extensive training in neurology or cognitive behavior because of the advanced interpretation and clinical ability of the software​.

The system works using multiple electrophysiological technologies that provide functional measurements of the brain and cognition. The noninvasive technologies that are included in this portable device are: Electroencephalography (EEG), Electrocardiography (ECG) and Event-Related Potential (ERP).

Hooked into the system, the patient ​answers a very specific, symptom-focused questionnaire. Then, they go through ​a resting assessment with eyes open and closed, and finally a response measurement​. During this process, the electrophysiological technologies in the system measure key brain​ processing speeds​ and cognitive functions.

Designed to be used by general practitioners, primary care physicians and behavioral specialists, the ​system includes fully finished report generation with an easy-to-use reporting system that gives visual and statistical data on the patient’s biomarkers, visual and auditory processing, and memory.

This reporting system provides clinicians with quantitative information with which they can identify and assess a patient’s cognitive health. With this data, they can ​uncover mental health issues earlier, making more specific and objective diagnosis​.

In the end, wider use of this system will allow for more practices to ​transcend the limitations of a short mental health questionnaire as the only source of diagnosing their patients neurological health.

Finding the root of nerve pain

Pain, and how to adequately treat it, is one of the most daunting challenges facing the medical profession today. It’s estimated that 50 to 80 percent of spinal surgeries fail. One of the major reasons for this isn’t treatment, but misdiagnosis of the nerves causing the pain.

Axon_II_Sample_ReportUsed to diagnose the root cause of many common pain symptoms, the Axon Nerve Test provides a simple test that can accurately identify the exact level and side of the nerve root causing the pain. This test can be used as part of a successful treatment of almost all sorts of bodily pain, from back to wrist to neck and much more.

The way the test is administered is simple. The doctor or practitioner places a small electrode to a specific pain point on a patient. The practitioner then increases the level of intensity until the patient reports feeling a sensation. This otherwise innocuous stimulus sends an electrical signal that selectively stimulates A-delta nerve fibers. Technology built in to the system verifies the firing of each nerve, leading to an accurate and objective pinpointing of the damage.  This, in turn, is one of the reasons for its’ 97% sensitivity.

Other benefits of using this specific technology is a membership to the American Association of Sensory Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AASEM), Unlimited phone support, Training videos and Online Textbook, and more.

Pinpoint Pain with Nerve Conduction

Complaints about pain are very common in doctors’ offices around the world. From injury to old age, pain can either creep up or fall like a heavy blow throughout one’s life. The problem, however, is that these complaints are difficult to substantiate. Pain is often subjective and hard to pinpoint, so addressing the root cause can be quite the challenge without the right tools.

One specific tool can help identify a patient’s degree of pain and even its cause. With a neural scanner, your doctors will be able to pinpoint the root cause of the following examples of discomfort:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Migraine pain
  • Hand pain
  • Foot pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Acute pain
  • Post-op pain

Because pain is such a common complaint, it is important that your office is able to address it properly when working with patients. Simply putting a Band-Aid on symptoms without addressing their root cause should be avoided. With a neural scanner, your practice will have a proper way to address and mitigate pain. And after a simple 20 to 25 minute test that costs $2 for replacement parts, your practice will earn $250 in reimbursements. When it comes to helping patients and your practice, investing in nerve conduction will be one of the easier decisions you make all year.

How to Offer Chronic Pain Relief Without Drugs?

Numerous patients who visit your office complain of chronic pain. Oftentimes, this pain may occur independent of other ailments or in combination with them. While patients are no doubt familiar with the nagging discomfort, sharp pangs and immobility that accompany chronic pain, turning to medication can be a slippery slope. Because chronic pain does not respond to a one-time prescription of pain medication, patients will often continue to seek relief after one prescription has ended. With an eye toward preventing this kind of growing dependence on pain medication, many doctors are looking to holistic, drug-free pain clinics.

You too can add a pain clinic to your office to help patients deal with their pain in a healthy, manageable way.

  • The first step in a properly functioning pain clinic is to accurately diagnose the pain. The Axon II Neural Scanner provides objective monitoring of neuropathic pain so you can precisely determine its cause.
  • To treat the source of the pain, a horizontal therapy pain-treatment system called the Hako-Med stimulates peripheral and motor nerves. This effectively reduces pain through muscle re-education.

This quick and effective two-part system will help a good number of your patients overcome their chronic pain. Many patients do not understand the source of their pain and are unaware that it could be diminished without using addictive and dangerous pain medication. Adding a holistic, drug-free pain clinic to your practice doesn’t need to be daunting. Just two devices, which offer a great return on investment, will help you better treat each patient and meet their pain at the source.

New medical device for migraine prevention

Thanks to increased research and improved medical devices, those who suffer from migraines may be able to find relief finally. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first medical device to help prevent migraines from occurring. The crown-like device is placed just above a patient’s eyes and works by stimulating nerves beneath the forehead with an electric current. It simply feels like a gentle tingling sensation and is completely comfortable for the person wearing the device.

The new and exciting device is called the Cefaly, manufactured by STX-Med. It has no known side effect as of yet and can be used in conjunction with other medication. The device is already being sold in Canada for about $250, where migraine sufferers can purchase the device for home use.

While it is still a new device, the FDA approval and warm reception show great promise. A 67-person trial published in the journal Neurology last month found that Cefaly reduced chronic migraine attacks on average by two per month, and 38 percent of users had at least a 50 percent reduction in their number of migraines.

This new medical device could be a great addition to the world of medicine. Migraines have long been an issue for many people and any relief would be more than welcome.