What is a Neurologic Clinical Specialist and What Are Neurological Disorders?

January 17, 2020

By Cathy J Leer, PT, MBA

Last month I had the pleasure of introducing the newest member of our team, Karolina Kozlova, PT, DPT. After completing her doctorate in PT, Karolina went on to complete a neurologic residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Centers for Rehab Services. As a Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist & Vestibular Rehab Therapist, she is extensively trained in the treatment of stroke, spinal cord and brain injuries, and neurodegenerative disorders. She is passionate about the treatment of all neurological diagnoses with a strong interest in vestibular and concussion management.

So what is a neurologic clinical specialist, and what are neurological disorders?

The nervous system is a complex and intricate system that controls and regulates the functions of your body. When something goes wrong, you can have difficulty breathing, moving, swallowing, speaking or problems with memory recall, senses or mood.

If you have been diagnosed with a neurological disorder by a physician and have difficulty with physical mobility due to your deficits, then neurological physical therapy may help improve and/or restore your functional mobility.

In our treatment approach, we are dedicated to utilizing the most recent evidence-based treatments to tailor our programs to address specific problem areas and design interventions to help patients achieve their maximal functional potential.

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Huntington’s Disease (HD)
  • Parkinson’s Disease (PD) & Parkinsonism
  • Multiple System Atrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Stroke
  • Paraplegic and/or High Functioning Spinal Cord Injuries (ASIA C&D)
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
  • Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Concussions
  • Vestibular Disorders
  • Dizziness
  • Imbalance/Falls

We treat a wide range of neurological disorders but if you have questions, feel free to give us a call at 603.644.8334.

*We are able to treat individuals requiring no greater than moderate assistance of one. This means you perform at least 50 percent or more of the work necessary to move and the physical therapist performs the rest.


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