When vertebrae misalign, mobility is reduced, nerves are pinched, spinal mechanics fail. As a result, other regions of the body create compensatory patterns to make up for that deficiency, leading to regional pain that does not subside with normal home therapies, such as rest, stretching, heat, etc. At Atlantic Spine Clinic, we take the time to analyze the spine and movement patterns of the body through orthopedic evaluation, strength/flexibilty, and range of motion testing, as well as Xray and MRI studies if needed. With that information, we isolate and correct the damaging effects of these misaligned structures. Goals: restore mobility, reduce back and neck pain, reduce damaging compensatory patterns.
The shoulder has three main joint components, simply put: the ball and socket, AC, and the gliding shoulder blade. When one or more of these joint components are not functioning together, it leads to shoulder and upper back pain, non-traumatic rotator cuff tear, weakness, inability to lift weight, etc. By analyzing and restoring proper movement patterns of the shoulder and with proper follow-up therapy, these damaging effects can often be reversed. Goals: restore mobility, reduce shoulder and upper back pain, decrease rotator cuff injuries.
Similar to the shoulder, the hip has more than one contributory joint component. When the ball and socket joint, or hip-proper, is injured, local pain and swelling, IT band contraction, and bursitis can follow. What often precedes this injury, however, is an uneven gait and pelvic imbalance. In order to properly rehabilitate a hip injury, SI joint restriction (pain from sit to stand) and pelvic imbalance (one leg shorter) need to be analyzed and treated properly. Goals: restore mobility, improve gait, reduce hip and low back pain, reduce IT band and hamstring injuries.
Restoring mobility and alignment of the hips and spine involves careful analysis of the lower weight bearing joints including the knees and ankles. Often times soft tissue injuries suffered by runners and walkers, such as inner knee pain, IT Band contraction and soreness, plantar fasciitis, and achilles tendonitis are caused by mechanical, or joint, limitations. At Atlantic Spine Clinic, we treat both the mechanical (joint) and soft-tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament) for the most effective therapy and long-term results. Goals: restore mobility, improve gait, reduce knee/ankle pain, reduce compensatory soft-tissue injuries.