Johnstown, PA - Felix Brizuela, Jr., D.O., board certified neurologist, has joined the neuroscience team at Memorial Medical Center, bringing with him special training in Botox injections, a new procedure used to help some stroke victims and those suffering from chronic pain.
Botox is a chemical that relaxes muscles by inhibiting the the nerve that is attached to the muscle.This relieves the muscle contraction, can eliminate spasms and, in many cases, pain.With this procedure, we can inject the Botox directly into the area that needs the relief.Botox injections are providing great relief to people with chronic headaches and back pain.It is also showing great promise with people with post stroke spasticity, says Dr. Brizuela
In 1982 Brizuela
, a running back, scored two touchdowns in a suprising victory over Penn State University
.This was the last time Rutgers beat Penn State.Dr. Brizuela
earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
, New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine
, where he
also went on to do his
residency in neurology.Dr. Brizuela has spent the past several years practicing neurology at the Neurological Institute of Western Pennsylvania in Greensburg, Pa., treating patients at Westmoreland, Latrobe and Jeannette Hospitals.
In addition to Botox injections, Dr. Brizuela
has a special interest in headaches, fibromyalgia, childhood neurological diseases like epilepsy, and Alzheimer's.My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's when I was in my first year of medical school, says Dr. Brizuela
.I wanted to learn all I could about the disease and my interest in it led me to want to practice neurology. Dr. Brizuela
has worked closely with fibromyalgia patients and believes the disease is often misunderstood and not taken seriously enough.I like challenging things, and fibromyalgia is definitely a challenge, says Dr. Brizuela
.But with auto-immune ideology and the use of techniques like hydro-therapy, our success rate in treating fibromyalgia has been very good.Dr. Brizuela
is an avid exerciser, loves sports and fishing and closely follows the Steelers and Penguins.He
is married to Kathleen Brizuela, RN and is the proud father of two-year-old Alex.
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