The staff at Park Avenue Neurology offers comprehensive care for patients and families with neurologic conditions.
We care for patients at the office and make home visits if needed.
At Park Avenue Neurology, this consists of an extensive history, general medical, neurological and specialty examination lasting 50 minutes. Following this initial evaluation, a patient may then require no further testing, or may require one or more of the following evaluations:
Neurocognitive testing at Park Avenue Neurology is designed to establish a cognitive baseline. Just as a cardiac stress test is helpful in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart diseases and heart attacks, appropriately administered and properly interpreted neurocognitive tests are invaluable both as a cognitive baseline for normally functioning persons and to establish brain dysfunction. Depending on the symptoms, individual tests are selected to best evaluate each associated brain area. Testing lasts about three to four hours. Cognitive testing may be abnormal in a variety of conditions including brain injury, stroke, menopause, stress and depression, chronic pain, aging, attention deficit and dementia.
Brain imaging includes both structural (CT scan or MRI scan) and functional imaging (SPECT or PET scan). CT or MRI scans are performed to rule out strokes, tumors or other structural causes for neurologic dysfunction. Sometimes, these lesions are ‘silent’, manifesting mainly with subtle neurologic changes, rather than obvious features such as paralysis.
SPECT or PET scans evaluate brain functioning rather than structure. These scans measure blood flow to brain regions or the use of nutrients by areas of the brain. Such scans help pinpoint areas of difficulty when an MRI or CT scan is normal. Other functional imaging techniques include functional MRI. Generally, functional imaging of the brain is not performed routinely, but only in a subset of patients with memory difficulties, where there may be diagnostic difficulties.
For the genetic counseling and caregiver support programs, the consultations at Park Avenue Neurology are geared toward addressing these issues and will not usually involve testing. Instead information about the affected family member will be needed to answer individual concerns.
TCDs measure blood flow through various brain regions with and without brain activation to evaluate for disorders of flow. This test is performed on premises at Park Avenue Neurology.
The EEG is a measure of the activity of the nerve cells of the brain. Just like an ECG or an electrocardiogram evaluates the electrical activity of the heart, an EEG or an electroencephalogram evaluates the electrical activity of the brain. During this painless procedure, small, flat metal discs are attached to your scalp to detect electrical activity in your brain. Your brain cells communicate via electrical impulses and are active all the time, even when you’re asleep. This activity shows up as an EEG recording. Abnormal EEG patterns help in diagnosing conditions like seizure disorder or another brain disease. This test is performed on premises at Park Avenue Neurology.
In this procedure, under sterile technique, after consent is obtained, a needle is inserted into the lower back and cerebrospinal fluid is withdrawn for analysis. Dr. Devi performs the lumbar puncture at Park Avenue Neurology. She has performed several hundred such procedures over the last 30 years.
The primary aim of brain exercises is to reduce cognitive deficits. Cognitive deficits can manifest as attention, memory, and executive function (ability to organize one’s actions and speech) disorders. These types of difficulties may compromise the social and professional integration of people suffering from them.
The focus of cognitive exercises at Park Avenue Neurology is to improve attention, memory, language and/or executive functions in those with head injury or attentional deficits and to maintain such functions in patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The expected result is an indirect positive impact on functional deficits affecting everyday life. Proper treatment with these therapies can help enhance the social and professional integration of patients.
Home visits are reserved for home bound patients for initial consultation, follow ups, and overall patient care. All home visits at Park Avenue Neurology are performed by Dr. Devi and are contingent on her availability.
Nurse home visits can include drawing blood, administering medications, vital signs, medication management ad overall wellness and safety. Dr. Devi oversees these visits and ensures that appropriated strategies are adopted when necessary to maintain health.
The Epley Maneuver is a treatment for vertigo caused by a disorder called BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). At Park Avenue Neurology, Dr. Devi has been performing this maneuver since 1999. In this condition, microscopic otoliths, dislodged within the inner ear wreck havoc on balance, producing vertigo. With a simple office procedure, the otoliths are repositioned, curing vertigo. A review in the New England Journal of Medicine notes that when properly done, success rates for curing vertigo with a single repositioning session is 90-95%.
Adult children of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia may wish to determine their risk for the condition and to objectively determine their cognitive baseline. An assessment of risk factors and methods to reduce risk for developing dementia is formulated for each person at risk.