Posted On: May 12, 2017
I recently attended the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedics Annual Convention in Las Vegas in late April. It was an outstanding meeting. As the Director of North Shore Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation, I am very fortunate to get to go to some great venues for my continuing education.
There were two speakers that struck me as outstanding. The first was Dr. Satterlee who covered clinical considerations and interventions for rotational athletes. This was a very practical and insightful lecture. The speaker was a chiropractor who owns a training facility where they work with a lot of golfers. Being a chiropractor and a physical therapist in Highland Park and Lake Bluff, I have seen my fare share of golfers. Dr. Drake had an interesting approach where he assessed strength and speed in the rotational athlete (golf, tennis, hockey, La Cross, etc.). I was interested in this topic as I want to deliver the best care to my patients who are golfers and play tennis.
He assessed lower extremities by measuring the vertical jump, upper extremity strength through a 6 lb medicine ball push and a overhead throw. It was fun to watch the young and not so young chiropractors attempt these feats. Each of these tasks should hit an average distance (20 inch vertical, 20 foot push and 20 foot toss) and if the person was below the average that is what got focused on in training.
This validated the strength training I did with these types of athletes. I have had the good fortune to work with high school, collegiate and pro golfers as well as some top tennis players. Another factor in these athletes I have found useful is developing proper coordination and technique in each sport, for which I have always turned to the good coaches and pros in the area.
The other lecture of note was one given by a Dr. Demetrious, a chiropractic orthopedic specialist who has been in practice for 31 years. His topic was a chiropractic orthopedic approach to MRI interpretation. I identified with this gentleman, as I was the first chiropractor in Lake Forest when I opened my practice almost 30 years ago. This was a great lecture as the speaker was very up to date on his material. As a chiropractic physician who is also board certified in orthopedics, I too have kept my self up to date in this important area.
He showed case after case of things he had seen and diagnosed and managed. I love this type of presentation as I can remember similar cases that I have seen and learn what to look for in others. He was even up to date on recent developments in chronic whiplash cases and what to look for on the MRI. I was familiar with this work as I met one of the leading researchers in this area at an American Physical Therapy conference.
Over all I walked away form this event with a deeper understanding of how to deliver the quality care that the patients at North Shore Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation expect and deserve.
North Shore, Dr. J and the staff were great. I started out with a pinched cervical nerve which was causing extreme pain and numbness in my arm. Surgery had been ruled out by the neurosurgeon after an MRI. My physical recommended a regimen of physical therapy which I undertook with NorthShore in November. At that time I had consistent pain in the range of 8-9 out of 10. I had trouble sleeping, driving and performing most normal daily activities due to the constant pain. I have now been through two series of physical therapy sessions with North Shore over a couple of months and the pain and numbness are completely gone. Based on my experience I would highly recommend North Shore for physical therapy treatment and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful as a bonus! Jon HeintzelmanJonathan Heintzelman
All aspects of the rehab program were done with professionalism. Intake evaluation, exercise program, massage therapy and exit evaluation were all excellent and yielded excellent results for me. All of the staff are friendly and efficient. Dr. Johnson, Jeannette, Cyprian and Mary are friendly and make an otherwise difficult experience much more tolerable. I have gone to them on two occasions over the last several years for different injuries and, in both instances, my problems were resolved. I highly recommend them.Lee Eddy
I was a patient 6 years ago, with lower back pain and herniation. My PT was excellent and I was back to exercise and resolution of pain and herniation. Recently I have had hip pain and and tingling down my leg. My evaluation with DR Johnson was very thorough and spot on. The PT with Dre was incredible. I am now pain free with a resolution of the tingling as well. I will definitely return for any future problems that may arise!Barbara Bank