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ASSESSMENT & DIAGNOSIS
Putting You First
At Pro- Form Chiropractic & Sports Injury, we hear your story and take a detailed history. To that end, we create an individualized treatment plan including Assessment & Diagnosis aimed at achieving the functional goals we set together.
Whether you're a professional athlete or weekend warrior, you deserve the best!
The chiropractors at Pro-Form have completed additional specialized training as sports chiropractors. They have treated athletes on all levels and abilities and understand the importance of getting back to competition as fast as possible and stronger than ever. We strive to provide you the opportunity for optimal performance.
Unlike an acute injury, which occurs as the result of a traumatic incident, overuse injuries occur gradually over time. The culmination of repetitive motions, an overuse injury causes micro-trauma to the tendons. joints or bones. This micro-trauma can cause macro pain and debilitation, sometimes even requiring surgery to repair. In addition to repetitive motion, training and technique errors, strength and flexibility imbalances, body alignment and improper equipment can also lead to overuse injuries. It is important to note that overuse injuries are not just limited to athletics. Those whose jobs or hobbies require repetitive motion over a long period of time may find themselves with and overuse injury as well.
More Than Just Back Pain
It is widely known that chiropractors specialize in the treatment of the spine and are sometimes referred to as "back doctors." At Pro-Form we specialize in the treatment of all musculoskeletal injuries which includes not only the back and spine, but virtually all of the 206 bones 360 joints and 600 muscles in the body. As Sports Chiropractors we have additional specialization in the treatment of extremities including the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot and the muscles, tendons, ligament and joints that they are comprised of.
Motor Vehicle Accident
We at Pro-Form are well versed in the treatment of Personal Injury Protection claims commonly used after a motor vehicle accident and have worked with numerous local attorneys to ensure that your are taken care of from both a health and legal standpoint. We strive to get you better and back to your pre-injury status as fast as possible.
WORKERS COMPENSATION INJURIES
On The Job Injuries
Pro-Form works directly with the Department of Labor and Injuries to help you receive the care that you need following an on the job injury whether it be due to either an acute traumatic incident or a repetitive overuse injury known as an occupational disease.
We take the time to understand the root of your problem in order to provide the best and most effective treatment. Through our years of experience, we’ve found that Continued Care is a crucial part of the recovery process.
Dr. Petrini has years of experience working with athletes on all levels. He has been employed by many elite athletic organizations to conduct performance evaluations to assess athletes' risk of injury, form baseline testing, create injury prevention programs and rehab those who need it back to optimal health.
At Pro-Form Chiropractic and Sports Injury we are always honing our abilities and changing our methods to keep up with current research and practices. Some of the common methods used by our practitioners are listed below.
“One of the most common and well known therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is spinal manipulation (sometimes referred to as a "chiropractic adjustment"). The purpose of spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for an individual. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal. Chiropractic adjustments rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours. Compared to other common treatments for pain, such as over-the-counter and prescription pain medications, chiropractic's conservative approach offers a safe and effective option.”
MANUAL THERAPY (ART®/FDM®/MFR)
“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.”
FDM stands for the Fascial Distortion Model, developed by Dr. Stephen Typaldos, DO.
It’s called a ‘model’ because it isn’t a technique. It’s actually a treatment model in which virtually all soft tissue injuries, or musculoskeletal complaints, are viewed through 1 or more of the 6 different types of alterations to the body’s connective tissues.
FDM has no protocols to memorize. Yet, FDM contains a detailed physical assessment, which leads to a specific diagnosis, and provides objective outcomes. The patient’s verbal and physical descriptions, coupled with the mechanism of injury and relevant orthopedic tests, will lead the practitioner to the proper form of soft tissue treatment.
This specialized technique as well as several other manual therapy techniques are expertly utilized at Pro-Form.
INSTRUMENT ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE MOBILIZATION (IASTM)
A soft-tissue injury involves damage to the muscles, ligaments, tendons and/or fascia somewhere in the body. Common soft-tissue injuries usually occur from a sprain, strain, blow to the body resulting in a contusion (ruptured blood vessels/bruising), or overuse of a particular body part. Soft tissue injuries can result in pain, swelling, bruising and loss of function. Adhesions within the soft tissue may develop as a result of repeated strain, surgery, immobilization or other mechanisms. IASTM involves using a range of tools to enable the clinician to efficiently locate and treat individuals diagnosed with soft-tissue dysfunction. Many different materials have been used to make the instrument (i.e. wood, ceramics, plastics, stone and stainless steel).
“Graston® Technique is an innovative, patented form of instrumented-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables doctors to effectively break down scar tissue and myofascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.”
“FAKTR® (pronounced FACTOR) is a concept, not a technique. The acronym stands for Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab. The concept is to incorporate treatment in the position of provocation (pain, loss of range of motion, feeling of tightness within the fascia/soft tissue) and during motion. These concepts are quick to apply, easy to grasp and produce rapid results.”
Functional rehabilitation combines various techniques in an attempt to return an injured person to an optimal level of performance. It includes strength, flexibility, as well as training focused on coordination of body parts and motion to prepare the individual to return to full participation. The overall goal of functional rehabilitation is to train the patient using three-dimensional movements to prepare the whole body to return to daily activities or sports. This differs from therapies used to address the patient’s symptoms using such modalities as heat, ice, and medication while mainly strengthening the isolated injured muscle. The individual should begin rehabilitation as soon as the injury allows, and rehabilitation will be injury specific.