Physician Detail

Stephanie F. Alessi-LaRosa, MD

Practice

Hartford Hospital

Specialty

Neurology, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Sports Neurology

Physician Quicklink

https://hartfordhealthcaremedicalgroup.org/StephanieAlessiLarosa

Phone

860.545.1078

Call for Appointment

Gender
Female

Languages
English


Office Locations



Bio

SPORTS NEUROLOGY IS A RELATIVELY NEW SUB-SPECIALTY OF NEUROLOGY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA… BUT YOU MAY FIND A SPORTS NEUROLOGIST ON THE SIDELINES IN CONNECTICUT SOON… DOCTOR STEPHANIE ALESSI-LAROSA IS A SPORTS NEUROLOGIST WITH THE HARTFORD HEALTHCARE AYER NEUROSCIENCE INSTITUTE AND JOINS ME TO TALK ABOUT WHAT A SPORTS NEUROLOGIST DOES.

Q. SPORTS NEUROLOGY IS A SOMEWHAT NEW FIELD, WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT FOR ATHLETES?

A. Sports Neurologists are trained in the diagnosis and management of neurologic conditions in athletes, such as concussions. I am a board-certified neurologist that treats all neurologic conditions, but I have completed a fellowship to obtain a sub-specialty in managing neurologic conditions that arise in athletes either from their participation in sports (such as concussions) or for example migraines or epilepsy that occur in the general population which requires specialized management by a sports neurologist in order for athletes with these conditions to perform highly.

Q. YOU ARE FELLOWSHIP TRAINED AS A SPORTS NEUROLOGIST- AND WILL BEING SEEING ATHLETES – WHEN SHOULD SOMEONE COME SEE YOU?

A. Being fellowship trained- I have spent time at countless live competitions with athletes from the youth level through collegiate and professional monitoring for acute concussions or other acute neurologic issues. The sooner the athlete or anyone with a concussion is seen by a physician, the better the outcome. Any patient of any age and any level of athleticism/physical activity should come see me if they have or may have a neurologic diagnosis (such as migraine, epilepsy, muscular disease) or have had a concussion or are suffering from prolonged symptoms such as from post-concussion syndrome.

Q. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER CONDITIONS YOU TREAT – BEING A SPORTS NEUROLOGIST?

A. Some of the most common conditions I see include: Post-Concussion Syndrome, Migraines and all headache types, neck strain, vestibular/equilibrium issues, and Cognitive issues. I also frequently evaluate patients who have neurologic concerns after suffering repetitive head injuries in sports.

Q. CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT BASELINE TESTING IS – AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ATHLETES?

A. Baseline testing is a way to evaluate athletes prior to having a concussion or after fully recovering from a concussion where the testing can be repeated if an acute concussion is suspected and also to assist the clinician to determine when it is safe for them to return to play. Baseline testing comes in many shapes and sizes, but at its best it is performed and interpreted by a sports neurologist rather than a standardized computer program and includes a combination of cognitive, balance, eye movement assessments, just to name a few areas.

THANK YOU SO MUCH DOCTOR ALESSI-LAROSA. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE- CALL 855-HHC-HERE.


Education

Medical School

  • St. George's University School of Medicine MD


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