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How will you assess and treat my symptoms?

    • Pain is often a result of abnormal forces or mechanics on tissues. Because it is a traumatic or repetitive position, movement, or activity that can cause pain, a specifically applied mechanical load or force can also be a part of the solution.

  • At Advance Sports and Spine Therapy, our therapists utilize a research proven assessment system that can be used to evaluate all musculoskeletal problems including but not limited to neck and back pain, upper and lower extremities, sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, and degenerative joints/discs.
  • Our evaluation process is an ongoing active assessment and treatment. We generally do not utilize hot/cold packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or other passive treatment modalities.
  • Our assessment determines postures or movements that may be aggravating or provoking and finds 1-2 exercises that will directly influence your primary symptom. You won’t go home with a laundry list of exercises.
  • Our treatment allows the patient to learn principles of management and empowers them to self treat and control their symptoms, decreasing their dependency on medical intervention. If skilled manual therapies are needed (joint mobilization, manipulation, soft tissue mobilization), they are often coupled with exercises that the patient can independently simulate at home.
  • No one specific treatment is applied for a condition (no cookie cutter treatment for low back pain). Rather, individual treatments are determined by the therapist based on assessment findings and an individual plan is developed in collaboration with the patient.

What is ASTYM?

  • Soft tissue treatment that regenerates tissues that have become dysfunctional (tendons, ligaments, muscles) and can reduce or eliminate unwanted scar tissue resulting from surgery or injury, which may cause pain and/or restrict movement.
  • Instruments are run firmly along the skin in the direction of the muscle, tendon, ligament.
  • The instruments will glide over healthy tissue, but you will feel bumps where the tissue is dysfunctional, non-invasively stimulating the bodies regeneration response.
  • Based on where dysfunctional tissue is found, specific exercises are prescribed to either stretch to align tissues or resistance exercises to strengthen the new tissues.


What are the MedX machines?

  • Specialized equipment to test and strengthen the low back and neck musculature
  • Provides resistance over a full range of isolated low back or neck motion, or over a selected limited range.
  • Develops strength and endurance of the neck and back with patient specific protocol
  • Individual patient data can be compared to population ‘norms’

What is Functional Movement Screen (FMS)?

  • Grading system to assess and document functional movement patterns
  • Used to assess for increased or decreased risk of injury or re-injury with sport or occupational activity
  • Functional limitations and asymmetries can be identified
  • Once identified, appropriate corrective exercises are prescribed

What do all those letters mean?

Our physical therapists have a wide range of specialty training. Below is a list of what the alphabet soup behind each of our names mean:

  • PT-The regulatory designator for physical therapist. Only PTs should be providing and overseeing the delivery of physical therapy services.
  • DPT-Doctor of Physical Therapy, the educational degree conferred .
  • Dip MDT-Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy-Highest educational level achieved through McKenzie Institute International.
  • Cert MDT-Certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
  • COMT-Certified Orthopaedic Manual/Manipulative Therapist
  • CMPT-Certified Manual Therapists
  • CSCS-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • CK-FMS-Certified Kettlebell-Functional Movement Specialist
  • SFG: Strong First Girya-kettlebell certified instructor