What to Expect
Here at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic, we’ve created a truly unique environment where physical therapy and chiropractic care combine. You can expect a one on one appointment with your provider, every time. From the moment you walk in the clinic you’ll notice we’re a unique group almost like your family gatherings.
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Your first visit will consist of an initial consultation and examination. Your concerns will be discussed and a full history taken. You will then go through a series of functional movement screens, muscle length assessments, joint range of motion assessments, orthopedic tests, neurological examination, and more, all pertaining to your particular problem. We're concerned with getting you back to life, not just fixing your dysfunction.
Your doctor will then explain the findings and let you know what may be contributing to the problem and inform you of the expected course of treatment. Your doctor will discuss short term and long term goals with you and give you realistic expectations regarding your treatment plan.
Your first few visits will be based around reducing and managing your symptoms. This often involves education about postural correction, modification of movements or habits, as well as various treatments aimed at pain management. Our goals in this phase are to reduce the intensity, frequency, and duration of your pain and/or symptoms. This phase often lasts anywhere from 2-4 weeks, depending on your condition.
Once we have been able to reduce or eliminate your pain, our goals shift to restoration and improvement of function. These new goals may be based around work duties, activities of daily living, recreational activities, exercise, etc. Pain may go away very quickly, however, the dysfunctions that caused the symptoms often remain. We must recover normal range of motion, strength, endurance, and tissue quality to ensure full recovery. If treatment is abandoned too soon, the likelihood of recurrence increases significantly. Care in this phase becomes more focused on activity and performance in functional tests based on your goals and needs. In this phase you will be instructed on stretches, exercises, and things to do at home or work. True tissue adaptation takes a minimum of 4-6 weeks.
At F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic you will receive some form of rehab exercises at each appointment. We utilize rehabilitative exercises such as DNS and functional movements to complement the hands on therapy provided by your doctor. This assists in permanence of tissue and neurological adaptation.
Once recovery of function has been reached, we transition to essentially maintenance care to prevent recurrences and keep you moving well. We are always available for your continued care whether dealing with recurrent injury or new injury. Consistent check in's with your doctor can help keep those little aches from turning into big pains.
I wish I could give F.I.T. more than 5 stars! From the moment I walked into their office, I felt supported and heard. Jim and Lizzie took time to listen to my experiences, and then thoroughly evaluated me before being spot-on with a diagnosis - which was confirmed by an MRI. Lizzie is gentle, yet incredibly firm with her manipulations and exercises. She is compassionate and supportive with me as I work to build strength and flexibility in my back and hip. I cannot say enough about how professional, kind, and personable everyone is at F.I.T.!!
Jim and the staff are awesome! I’m a baseball coach and was having some back issues due to throwing about 1000 batting practice pitches a week. Back is definitely better and Jim was the first Chiropractor that I’ve met that actually understands the biomechanics of throwing so his training is way above average!
For months, whenever I'd exercise I'd have frustrating knee pain that was causing me to never finish a workout. I was impressed with how Dr. Allison really took the time to understand my symptoms and put me on a plan to recovery. After our first appointment, not only was I relieved that I had someone dedicated to my recovery, but I noticed considerable results after that first session. Within a few weeks I was back to my regular amounts of exercise. What was of particular value to me was not only did my pain get resolved, but I had the knowledge and specific exercises to keep the injury from returning.
Dana is amazing! She figured out that I probably had a labral tear in my hip and she was right. After surgery she treated me throughout the long recovery from this procedure. Her treatments & exercises progressed me to the point that I was able to go back to my physically demanding job without any problems!! I HIGHLY recommend Dana. She is personable and very knowledgeable!! Thank you Dana!
Love this clinic. I have went to see the Phyiscal therapist Lizzie twice now for dry needling to decrease tightness and pain through my low back. Every time I leave I am feeling much better and able to workout without pain. Definitely recommend this clinic and their clinicians!