TREATMENT OPTIONS

CHIROPRACTIC

We are committed to our patient’s health and we understand the importance of determining the cause of their condition. Many sports-related injuries and chronic conditions are complex in nature and require a comprehensive approach.

INITIAL APPOINTMENT:

  • 60-90-minute evaluation of current and past medical history

  • Physical Exam, including postural assessment, neuromuscular evaluation, muscle strength testing & joint mobility testing

  • Referral of necessary imaging or testing

RECOMMENDATION FOR TREATMENT:  

Based on the comprehensive data gathered, we recommend treatment only if we can provide you with the best possible outcome, otherwise we make a referral to another health care professional. In fact, we work closely with many of the Flathead Valley's specialists and often co-manage patients.

FOLLOW UP APPOINTMENTS:

  • Plan for 30-45 minute sessions

  • Soft tissue mobilization

  • Muscle stretching

  • Physical therapy

  • Therapeutic modalities

  • Joint mobilization and manipulation

OUR COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH:

Not only allows for faster resolution of pain, but provides the patient with long-term benefits, not just symptomatic relief

 

PHYSICAL THERAPY

OUR MISSION:  to provide quality, compassionate, and comprehensive care to all patients through effective therapy methods.  Our physical therapist will motivate and direct each patient to achieve mutually established therapy goals in a safe, professional, and fun environment. 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Initial appointments are scheduled for 60-90 minutes

  • Follow-up appointments are 30-45 minutes

  • Our practitioners customize your treatment plan to fit your needs

WHAT WE TREAT:  

  • Neck Pain

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Low back pain and sciatica

  • Hip and Knee Pain

  • Foot and Ankle Pain

  • Sports Injuries

  • Work Injuries

  • Balance issues and Vertigo

SPECIALTY TREATMENTS:

  • Functional Dry Needling

  • Neuromuscular Re-Education

  • Therapeutic Exercise

  • Manual Therapy

  • Joint Mobilization

  • Therapeutic Modalities

  • Muscle Energy Techniques

  • Vestibular Rehab

 
 

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

NAT PATH INFO HERE: Many sports-related injuries and chronic conditions are complex in nature and require a comprehensive approach.

INITIAL APPOINTMENT:

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EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCK WAVE THERAPY (ESWT)

Many years of experience have confirmed that certain pathological alterations of tendons, ligaments, capsules, muscles and bones – in other words the root causes of your pain – can be eliminated systematically with this innovative therapy approach.

 

If performed by qualified therapists, extracorporeal shock wave therapy is a highly effective procedure to treat pain with minimal risks or side effects.

 

TREATABLE CONDITIONS:

  • Elbow

  • Achilles tendon and heel

  • Back

  • Knee and shin

  • Shoulder and neck

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REHABILITATION

The philosophy behind our Rehabilitation program is to assist the natural healing processes of the body. The course of therapy chosen by the sports medicine physician is determined using their knowledge of the healing process to guide, direct, and stimulate the function and integrity of the injured tissue. The primary goal is to positively influence the inflammation and repair processes in order to expedite recovery and to restore range of motion, muscular strength and endurance, neuromuscular control, and cardiorespiratory endurance. Special consideration is given to prevent the re-occurrence of injury and tissue overload by incorporating individualized home-program instruction and sport-specific exercises

PROCEDURE DETAILS

Soft Tissue Mobilization


The primary focus at Stillwater Spine & Sports Center is the soft tissue component of injuries. Soft tissues are: muscles, tendons, ligaments, bursae, fascia, and nerves. The treatment of these structures is known as soft tissue mobilization. When trauma occurs, whether it is a single traumatic event or repeated microtrauma, inflammation follows. The inflammation leads to scar tissue formation within the muscle and between the muscles and the other layers of connective tissue. This scar tissue formation decreases the ability of the muscle to lengthen and contract normally, which leads to a decrease in range of motion. This effect can be very specific within a muscle or can affect the muscle groups very broadly leading to faulty biomechanics that are dysfunctional and inefficient. The scar tissue can also cause pain and can predispose you to re-injury. Additionally, pain can lead to muscle guarding in order to protect the injured area, if prolonged guarding occurs the muscle can loose it’s normal length. The purpose of soft tissue mobilization is to restore the normal texture, tightness, flexibility, and function to the affected tissue. It includes several techniques such as transverse friction massage, myofascial release and neurofascial release.




Transverse Friction Massage (TFM)


Scar tissue forms when inflammation is present after an injury. The presence of scar tissue often leads to a significant loss of function. Transverse friction massage (TFM) involves deep pressure with specifically directed movement in order to remodel scar tissue allowing the soft tissue to become more flexible, pliable, and more functional.




Kinesio Taping


The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is 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 as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. For further information on Kinesio Taping please Click Here.




Myofascial / Neurofascial Release


Fascia is a tough connective tissue that surrounds most structures in the body. It functions to provide support, protection, and improves shock absorption. Myofascial release focuses on removing fascial adhesions acquired during injuries by using gentle sustained pressure applied in a specific direction. Myofascial release is beneficial for the treatment of chronic pain, peripheral nerve entrapments, and various other injuries.




Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Muscle Stretching


PNF stretching is an advanced form of flexibility training and is considered to be the fastest and most effective way to increase static flexibility. Overall, PNF flexibility training reduces post workout soreness, decreases musculoskeletal injury, increases range of motion, and improves muscular strength and coordination.




Joint Manipulation


Joint manipulation is a passive musculoskeletal procedure performed by the doctor to create a stretch to the joint. The effects of joint manipulation include relief from musculoskeletal pain, a shorter recovery time from sprains, an increase in range of motion, and positive influences on the nervous system.




Shock Wave Therapy


Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasisve, breakthrough solution that can effectively treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions. Complaints involving attachment points for tendons and ligaments in major joints such as:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Shoulder tendonitis
  • many more
For all the details and more anwers, visit the ESTW website here: https://www.eswt.info/en/ And more articles here on Shock Wave Therapy in practice: https://www.stosswellen-praxis.com/en.html





TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE AT 406-756-7634

Have other questions? Please call or use the contact form below and we will be happy to help!

THE CLINIC

80 Four Mile Dr. Suite 16 
Kalispell, MT 59901

Tel: (406) 756-7634

Fax: (406) 756-7643

info@stillwaterspineandsports.com

Opening Hours:

Mon: 7am - 5pm 

​​Tues:  8am - 5pm ​

Wed-Fri: 7am-5pm

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