At Elevate Sport and Spine Center, our doctors want to work WITH you to determine the best treatment approach. We want to get you better, fast, so we can get you back in the game! With that in mind, we are trained and certified in a variety of different adjustive techniques, therapies, rehabilitative exercises, and passive modalities in order to individually provide for our patient’s unique needs. These services include, but are not limited to:
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The word “chiropractor” translates from the Greek language as “practiced, or done by hand.” Both doctors have exhaustively trained in the manipulation of the spine and extremity joints of the body. These adjustments are gentle, and are utilized in order to bring motion back to joints of the body that are found to be restricted. Adjustments also effectively help restore joint mobility, relieve muscle tension, and reduce nervous system distress throughout the body. Both doctors are trained in using manual adjustive techniques, as well as instrument assisted adjustments in order to treat any patient in the most comfortable way possible.
Dr. John Kuruc is a Level I certified TPI provider. The TPI certification holds distinction within the golf community, but the core principles can be modified to assess and correct most biomechanical imbalances. Dr. Kuruc can work with you to assess your unique golf game and offer corrections in order to elevate your game to its highest level!
Part of being actively involved in one’s care also requires patients to be active! When injury occurs, the body reacts in a way to protect itself from further damage. Usually, this results in surrounding tissues tightening up, while other tissues begin to compensate for loss of fuction and mobility of the injured area. Once the injury is treated and begins healing, it’s important to begin returning the joint and the supporting musculature back to its proper function and range of motion. Rehab exercises play a crucial role in recovery! Certain exercises, stretches, and mobilizations act to strengthen weakend musculature, activate muscles that aren’t firing or functioning properly, and even tone down muscles that are overractive.
Ever wonder what all of that brightly colored, crazy patterned stripes are all over the bodies of your favorite athletes? That is called Kinesiotape! This is a unique rehabilitative taping technique that’s designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. The tape is safe for patients of all ages and is utilized to treat a variety of neuromusculoskeletal and other medical conditions. The great part about the tape is it can provide extended soft tissue rehab and manipulation, prolonging benefits of the manual soft tissue therapies provided in office! Dr. Jessi Ritegno is a CKPT, and would love to assess you to determine of Kinesiotape is right for you!
Food Allergy Testing
Have you been diagnosed with an Autoimmune disorder? Do you feel “fuzzy” or “hazy” after eating certain foods? We have partnered up with Meridian Valley Labs to offer food allergy testing! The A-95 and E-95 panels will test everything from Alfalfa to Zucchini and everything in between! Meridian Valley Laboratory uses a state-of-the-art enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay technique (ELISA) to measure serum IgG4 and IGE antibodies for food allergy testing. Serum is added to a 96-well plate containing different food antigens and then evaluated for classic antigen/antibody interactions. Accurate testing requires the patient to eat a wide range of foods within 3 weeks of assessment for IgG exposure to be present.
SFMA Clinical Assessment
The SFMA is our clinical assessment for those who experience pain. It is a movement based diagnostic system which systematically finds the cause of pain – not just the source – by logically breaking down dysfunctional movement patterns in a structured, repeatable assessment.
Soft Tissue Therapy
Both doctors practice under the philosophy that if both the joint and the soft tissue are not operating at their normal tone and function, than musculoskeletal problems will continue to persist. Drs. Kuruc and Ritegno take the time to assess and treat corresponding soft tissue injury with each patient. They are certified and practiced in a multitude of soft tissue techniques, such as Graston/Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Trigger Point Therapy.
Decompression therapy is gentle, comfortable style of treatment that alleviates pain in the joints. Primarily used for the spine, decompression therapy works by slowly tractioning out the affected joint and than releasing. This motion serves as a “pump,” allowing the negative pressure of the joint space or disc to receive an influx of healing hydration, nutrients, and bloodflow, while pushing out inflammatory cells, toxins, and neurochemicals. It also enables for the treatment of protruding or herniated discs by retracting and repositioning disc material under the same principles. Adding in other vectors of motion, such as flexion, extension, lateral or side bending, and rotation, can also promote the retraction of disc material, the centralization of radicular symptoms like sciatica, and overall pain relief.
Passive Care Modalities
While our primary goal is to work with and encourage our patients to actively assist in treating their complaint, sometimes injuries, especially acute ones, hurt too much, and stressing the joint into excessive motion can actually make it worse. That’s where passive modalities come in. These forms of pain and injury care, such as electrical stim and ultrasound help to decrease acute pain and enable treatment to become more tolerable for the patient. Stim works by using electrical current to pass through electrodes into the body, releasing natural opiods via the body to reduce pain and spasm and promote healing. Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to enhance the body’s inflammatory response, which in turn helps reduce chronic inflammation, increases blood flow, decreases pain, and reduces joint stiffness and spasm. Ultrasound can be used to treat both acute and chronic conditions.
Part of the holistic model of health care can involve using whole food nutrition and/or supplementation in order to effectively treat a condition. We proudly utilize Standard Process and Douglas Laboratory supplements to provide the body with additional supplementation in areas it may be lacking from the most natural sources. These companies utilize the highest quality supplements to help improve and optimize health.
Most athletes are interested in reducing their recovery time following intense exercise or sporting events. Recent scientific studies have shown that lymphatic therapy provides physiological changes that indicate improved muscular recovery. The lymphatic system does not have a pump like the heart does. Air Relax delivers that natural sequential compression and flusher waste, which causes soreness and fatigue in the muscles.
No long term contracts,
no x-rays, no gimmicks.
We strive to get you real results, real fast so that you can get back to your life pain free.