We put a lot of emphasis into your examination. This is ultimately going to determine the treatment approach and how much treatment you may need. The examination consists of a detailed history, vitals, baseline neurological examination, orthopedic special testing, range of motion, functional movement assessment, and occasionally x-rays or performance assessment. X-rays are only taken when warranted. Performance assessment is performed when requested by our athletes that have goals other than pain relief. Athletic performance evaluations are not covered by insurance.
Manipulation of any joint by a chiropractor is often referred to as an “adjustment”. Though there are multiple ways for this to be applied, the majority of the adjustments are performed by putting an impulse into the restricted joint segment to restore motion. It is often accompanied by an audible “pop”. “Popping” or “cracking” is a side effect of pressure change in the joint and is not necessary for an adjustment to be effective. Audibles are not as common with adjustment techniques that are “tool assisted” or “drop-table assisted”. Adjustments are utilized by all chiropractors, but are only one of many tools that are used to fix a condition.
Dr. Millsop has advanced training in many soft-tissue techniques. Soft tissue most commonly refers to muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia and nerve. Active Release Techniques® (ART) is a highly efficient form of soft-tissue treatment and is preferred by Dr. Millsop in most cases. Adhesion or scar tissue forms as a result of acute injury or repetitive overuse conditions. ART works to eliminate the pain and dysfunction associated with these adhesions. It accomplishes this by manually treating the affected tissue with precisely directed depth and tension while combining specific patient movements. Professional, amateur athletic programs and many world-class athletes recognize ART as a the gold standard for treatment and management of soft-tissue injuries. ART is also utilized by corporations worldwide to decrease musculoskeletal injuries, resulting in immense savings from work-related injuries.
Stability, strength, and conditioning are all very important factors for long-term health and prevention of recurrence of injury. Stability “correctional” exercises are usually the first form of rehabilitation performed in reducing injury or recovering from injury and are generally worked on during the initial visit if able. As motor control and stability improves, the focus shifts to strengthening and conditioning.
Examples of other conditions include:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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