What We Offer
Our office offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment of individuals with musculoskeletal problems with emphasis on the entire spine. Problems involving peripheral joints such as the shoulder and hips are evaluated and treated as well. Chronic headache and nerve pain benefit from our approach.
A thorough comprehensive evaluation precedes an individualized treatment program with emphasis on restoration of musculoskeletal balance, control of pain (principally non pharmacologic) and recovery of function. We use osteopathic manipulation, a home exercise program and correction of faulty posture and ergonomics to achieve these goals. Proliferative injections and laser light therapy are some of the other therapeutic tools used. We incorporate referral to outside services when needed (epidural injection, acupuncture, Feldenkrais etc.).
Over the last several years we have incorporated visceral manipulation into our treatment program with amazing success. Developed by a French Osteopath, Jean Pierre Barral, the techniques focus on finding imbalance in the body caused by inflammation, trauma, surgery, radiation or structural abnormalities (scoliosis). These frequently present as musculoskeletal symptoms, are often chronic and usually poorly understood. These individuals have often had years of musculoskeletal and nervous system symptoms, multiple consultations with specialists, imaging tests and treatment, all without successful resolution. Visceral manipulation offers a comprehensive way to accurately diagnose and treat both acute and long standing, complex problems.
Conditions We Treat
- Chronic headache
- Chronic abdominal and pelvic pain
- Disc herniation
- Facet arthritis
- Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS)
- Head, neck and facial pain
- Peripheral joints (shoulder, hip, knee, ankle)
- Radicular pain, neurogenic claudication
- Sacroiliac ligament strain and instability, sacroiliac dysfunction
- Spinal stenosis
- Tendonitis, bursitis
Acute Disc Injury
Chronic headache, however, is often poorly understood and may have multiple factors at the source. These include posture and body mechanics, cervicothoracic strain, disturbances of normal craniosacral rhythm and problems with the jaw, shoulders, ribs or the spine. Only a comprehensive evaluation of the musculoskeletal system will uncover some of these factors. Headache treatment in our office corrects these abnormalities with a nonpharmacologic approach using craniosacral and neural manipulation.
After a comprehensive evaluation, treatment focuses on correction of mechanical dysfunction in the lumbar spine and pelvis including the pubis and sacroiliac joints. A home exercise program emphasizes core muscle strengthening and achieving musculoskeletal balance in the legs. Proliferative injections are used to repair and regenerate chronically strained sacroiliac ligaments. Cortisone injections in the SI joint usually provide only temporary benefit, if any, unless there is an inflammatory condition such as sacroiliitis. Surgical fusion of the joint creates a non-physiologic condition impeding movement.