First things first. We ask our new patients to fill out the following paperwork New Patient Health History and Informed Consent. This provides us with information about your health history in addition to the current discomfort. We want to make sure we are conducting a thorough experience as we prepare to diagnose the current discomfort. The pain may be in one location but the cause or mechanism is in a different location.
Patient: "The top of my elbow hurts."
Doctor: "What are you doing when it hurts?"
Patient: "Typing on my computer."
Doctor: "Bingo! Now, what we have to do is get you typing in a healthier way as well as strengthen your extensor group so your wrist muscles (which present with pain at the elbow) are more capable to keep up with the demands of your daily computing. Here's what we are going to do...
In our conservative approach to treating your symptoms, we use orthopedic testing, muscle testing, as well as test your ranges of motion. We want to make sure the location of pain is addressed as well as make sure this issue is not coming from another dysfunction in your joints or daily movement behaviors.
We use a number of conservative treatment options based on what will best serve your individual discomfort. We do not apply a one sized fits all treatment approach. You are unique, your pain is unique, and we intend to treat it specifically. Here are our tools:
- Chiropractic: A chiropractic adjustment is a form of therapy involving a focused, low force thrust through a joint space aimed at restoring normal movement and function.
- Active Release Technique: ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
- IASTM or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization is a technique using tools made of metal with a soft, beveled edge. This tool is used to loosen or breakaway scar tissue which can cause muscle and fascial restriction. This technique identifies the adhesions (Scar Tissue), breaks them down, and also stimulates blood flow to carry away the bi-products of scar tissue and bring in fresh oxygen to initiate the healing process.
- Custom Made Orthotics