“In our office, we offer several modalities that go right to the heart of inflammation, no matter what joints or muscles in the body are affected.”

By Dr. Doug Portmann DC, CCSP, CSCS

When asked the other day what I do for a living, I proudly responded I was a Chiropractor. He said, “Oh, you are a back Doctor”. As I reflected on my week of patients, many of which came in with shoulder, jaw, knee, hip and foot pain, I told him that I really am a musculoskeletal Doctor. Yes, I see plenty of patients with back, neck, headaches and nerve pain in my office. However, as a profession we are really more than that. The thing I love about coming to work each day is being able to help all types of injuries throughout the body. I see a lot of athletes in the office and which allows us to see our share of extremities to treat. 

This individual went onto to ask “How does a Chiropractor help knee, shoulder and other types of pain?”. In our office, we offer several modalities that go right to the heart of inflammation, no matter what joints or muscles in the body are affected. We use things like cold laser to turn on the cells energy which allows it to heal it at a faster pace. We also have electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and cupping to break up areas of inflammation.

Recently we began using a technique called dry needling which takes acupuncture needles right into the trigger points of injured muscles and relieves the inflamed tissue.

More recently we began using a technique called dry needling which takes acupuncture needles right into the trigger points of injured muscles and relieves the inflamed tissue. Additionally, we provide deep tissue and fascia massage, by the use of our hands or a trigger point instrument to get into areas that need inflammation and scar tissue removed. Of course, Chiropractor’s still do the traditional alignment of the spine. However, when there is a need for a fixated or “stuck” joint in an extremity, which may cause the muscles and tendons to be impaired, we also can adjust those areas. 

We have the ability to diagnose and treat many different types of injuries in the body.

You now can see why I believe Chiropractors are a lot more than back Doctors. We have the ability to diagnose and treat many different types of injuries in the body, both inside and outside of the spinal column. We do this not by the use of drugs but by the use of safe and effective modalities that can heal and aid in breaking up inflamed muscles, tendons and ligaments. When you see a Chiropractor, you will probably be given some home exercises. These exercises will aid in the healing process, expedite your treatment and help reduce the risk of reinjury.

Remember, the next time you have pain in an area that may be outside the spinal region, your local Chiropractor might be able to get you back on your game in no time.

If you have any questions or you would like additional information please do not hesitate to call our office at 513-677-6787.

Dr. Douglas. R. Portmann DC,CCSP,CSCS Wards Corner Chiropractic and Sports Rehab 550 Wards Corner Rd. Ste. 101 Loveland Ohio 45140

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