Both my patients and I consider myself a sports injury and pain practitioner. But when people find out I’m a chiropractor they almost always ask, “So you crack backs?” While my answer is “YES, in most cases”, there is a lot more that I actually offer my pain and sports injury patients in addition to the neck and back ‘cracks’. This little blog will help shed some light on what I do for my patients and how I differ from many, if not most chiropractors out there.
At FIT Clinic we take a functional approach to pain and we treat it as such. A patient will present with a complaint of pain, I proceed to eliminate red flags as the cause of that pain (ie appendicitis, herniated disc, fracture, etc.) and once that is ruled out I seek out the dysfunctional muscle(s) that are causing this pain by means of muscle/strength testing as well as functional tests such as push-ups, squats or in many cases a gait analysis. These gross movement patterns allow me to focus in on muscle groups as well as specific muscles to weed out any deficiencies derived from aberrant movement patterns. Nerve irritation and/or entrapment (getting stuck or pinched between different muscles) are also detected through this process and via palpation of the structures at and around the area of complaint.
After the assessment and diagnosis for your condition(s) comes the treatment. Here is where we decide together what the best plan of management is for your case. Medical/neurofunctional acupuncture, myofascial release, chiropractic spinal/extra-spinal joint manipulation, as well as follow-ups with physiotherapy and exercise rehabilitation is usually the course of care and only takes about 30 minutes/visit.
This is an all encompassing and efficient treatment that allows is to treat both the neurophysiological as well as physical components contributing to your pain and dysfunction. With that said, there is room for treatment variability if you are a little apprehensive towards a certain treatment modality such as acupuncture, for instance. THIS IS NOT A “WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU MA’AM” type of visit as you can tell, and we take pride in that.
The next blog post will list in detail the MANY MANY MANY problems we treat on a daily basis. You would be surprised what we are able to successfully treat. WE GOT MORE THAN JUST YOUR BACK! I’ll leave you with that….for now.
As always, don’t hesitate to call or email me with your questions or to schedule a meeting to see if we can help you in any way 🙂
Posted Dr. Rashaad Nauth-Ali on January 9th, 2013 [Chiropractic, Injury, Pain, Sports]