Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Management
Helping determine the cause of your pain is key in getting you out of pain the quickest with non-invasive techniques. A treatment plan will be customized specifically for each patient taking their problem, occupation or sport, and schedule into careful consideration. Specialized types of joint mobilization will help painful neck, back, shoulder, hand, leg and foot pains. Electrical stimulation applied to affected muscle groups can ease acute and chronic pains. Therapeutic ultrasound and other medical equipment will be used in your treatment visits. Treatment plans significantly depend on the severity and intensity of your pain and response. After a proper diagnosis is obtained, treatment visits may consist of 1-2 visits or can extend over a period of 2-3 months. Each individual responds differently to care and each case is not typical. Relief of pain or ease of symptoms is also heavily weighted on the patients participation in their Home Exercise Program customized to your schedule and diagnosis. Program exercises are sent to your cellular phone as an interactive exercise message with short clips on proper form and execution of the exercises.
X-ray or MRI imaging may or may not be required to help best diagnose your problem and will be ordered by the doctor as necessary. We frequently send our patients to Presence Resurrection Hospital and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for imaging, but we will gladly accept imaging request to your preferred or (in-network) imaging center.
Typical cases:Neck Pain / Back Pain, Sciatica, Herniated Discs Vertebral Degeneration, Foot and leg pain, Plantar Fascitis. Heel Spurs / Bone Spurs, Ankle Sprain, Stress Fracture, Carpal Tunnel, Numbness or tinging Wrist Sprain, Finger / Hand Stiffness Arthritis
Casting Custom Orthotics
We cast custom molds of your actual feet. Specific measurements are taken during a detailed exam and gait analysis performed in clinic. This will assist in creating an ideal orthosis specific to each foot and will aid the laboratory increasing a perfect orthosis for you. Imagine foot orthotics as braces for teeth. In a 3 - 6 month time frame daily use will slowly change the anatomy of the foot. They do this by putting stress on certain ligaments and structures of your feet while decreasing stress (pain) points by altering material and densities. We use of one of the most recognized laboratories to analyze your cast and create your insert. Foot Leveler’s Brand has a long history of positive results in clinically proven studies and known to make the highest quality medical grade product. Patients can achieve
more comfort and easy of symptoms by slowly mobilizing the 26 bones and 33 joints to their most appropriate anatomical positioning for your body type. During the exam, an X-ray of your foot may be medically necessary which depending on your insurance plan, will be covered.
Orthotics can be used for:
Heel Spurs and Spur Correction, Leg pain / Back pain, Osteoarthritis / Degeneration, Stress Fracture, Sore feet, Flat feet, Plantar fasciitis, Ankle Sprain, Uneven leg lengths, Encouraged Runners and athletes
Clinical Muscle Taping
Water resistant retraction tape is used for 2-3 days at a time.
Muscle taping techniques are used by athletes and have been used in the Olympics for near twenty years. Muscle recruitment and lymphatic drainage. Specialized protocols are also used for cosmetic removal of large unwanted contusions and bruises as indicated on the left.
Clinical taping is commonly used:
Post - Surgery to assist with swelling and edema, Plantar Fasciitis, Spasming Muscle Activation / Inhibition, Superficial or Deep Bruising, Lymphatic Drainage, Neck and Back Pain, Postural Stability
Clinical based Manual therapy
Within the physical rehabilitation profession, manual therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to muscle manipulation. These treatments are performed to alleviate muscle spasms, ease areas of tightness from your body compensating from pain and provide an overall increase blood flow, which has been clinically shown to help manage pain from bone degeneration. When used by clinically trained professionals there typically is a notable relief of pressure on joint structures and body systems responsible for modulating pain. Depending on your situation, surgical stainless steel instruments may be used to help with your treatment. During visits requiring instruments, bruising and soreness is a common side-effect.
Dry Needling and Acupuncture
Physical and mental health run hand in hand. Alloy works to ensure that your emotional state is in just as good shape as your physical. Oriental patterns are interlaced with local generating areas to increase blood flow. Relieve pain and sooth the mental anguish of chronic based pain. Sterile needles are used along with Electrical Stimulation devices that will decrease painful tired muscles and help relieve pain patterns in combination with other non-invasive treatments.
The Alcat Test gives healthcare professionals a tool for managing conditions linked to inflammation and chronic activation of the immune system. The Alcat Test measures individual responses to foods and other substances at the cellular level and may reveal the underlying trigger of certain symptoms. Food and chemical sensitivities have been linked to migraines, aching joints, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, and other symptoms related to chronic activation of the immune system.
Clinical assessments of the Alcat Test used to guide dietary modification have shown significant improvement in many common symptoms. The efficacy of the Alcat Test has been documented in numerous studies implementing rigorous double blind and often placebo controlled study designs.