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Extremity | Sports | Dance | Exercise Injuries and Pain | Shoulder, Wrist, Elbow, Hand, Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot
There is an effective, research-based alternative to the short-term relief offered by pain medications and muscle-based therapy techniques. By addressing disturbed joint mechanics and neurological responses, Dr. Strasser effectively treats the cause of extremity pain.
Extremity injuries and pain are most effectively treated when they are evaluated both locally and in the context of the whole structure. This is an important principle in Dr. Strasser’s approach to evaluating shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot injuries and those injuries associated with sports, dance,movement and exercises. For instance, a knee injury may be the outcome of disturbed mechanics in the pelvis, or shoulder pain may be associated with neck and middle back joint restrictions.
Dr. Strasser utilizes a number of different approaches to assure a comprehensive treatment protocol, including:
• GENTLE CHIROPRACTIC EXTREMITY MANIPULATION AND TRACTION address the mechanical sources of extremity dysfunction and acute and chronic pain.
• STRAIN-COUNTERSTRAIN and MUSCLE ENERGY TECHNIQUES are gentle, traditional osteopathic techniques are especially useful in treating extremity injuries.
• MANUAL TECHNIQUES include a number of joint movement, soft tissue and muscle techniques that are an important component of successful management.
• INSTRUMENT-ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE THERAPY, using specialized hand-held tools, are utilized to break adhesions between tissue layers and to increase circulation to promote healing.
• THERAPY MODALITIES such as Ultrasound, Interferential Therapy, Ice and Heat, Orthopedic Supports are adjuncts that aid in extremity care.
• SPORTS TAPING is a specialized skill that can speed recovery and allow a joint to heal while minimizing joint laxity.
• THERAPEUTIC EXERCISES improve motion, increase strength and promote stability to the joint. Specific exercises are crucial when introduced at the correct stage of treatment. It is important that specific joint exercises are not introduced too soon or improperly prescribed.
Dr. Strasser is always available to answer questions you may have regarding extremity injuries and pain.