Is this a Chiropractic Clinic?
The clinic is called a Spine and Joint Center and not a Chiropractic Clinic to remind the community that we treat musculoskeletal conditions from head to toe and not just neck and back pain. Chiropractic to most, means adjustments, manipulation, or popping, especially of the spine. Dr. Vahldick is a chiropractor that has specialized in orthopedic and functional examination and treatment. This includes joint manipulation/mobilization, muscle / nerve / ligament treatment and rehabilitation exercises. This combined approach to chiropractic, is more effective than adjustments alone.
Do you only treat sports injuries?
Of course not. For decades high caliber athletes have had access to advanced rehabilitation and treatment centers. Our goal is to bring that quality, to the general population of Branson Missouri through our chiropractic care. It is a common (and false) notion that elderly, or deconditioned people are not well suited for rehab or strength training. It should however be known that multiple studies have proven this wrong; and in fact, the elderly and deconditioned, will respond faster, seeing greater strides in functional improvement than a conditioned athlete would over the same amount of time.
How is Advanced Spine and Joint Center different from most chiropractic offices?
Each patient can expect an orthopedic, chiropractic, and functional examination second to none in the field. Treatment will include chiropractic adjustments, different types of stretching, and rehab exercises. Very few offices in the state can offer this extensive knowledge and approach. One way that Dr. Vahldick differs from other clinics is in their understanding of joint mechanics and Motion Palpation Technique. This gives them the insight to know when a joint should or shouldn’t be adjusted and when muscular or rehab therapy is appropriate.
Stephen M. Barrett, M.D. states to “choose your chiropractor carefully. You can give a pass to any who advertise free evaluations (they’re fishing for suckers) or take loads of x-rays (they’re padding the bill).”
Advanced Spine and Joint Center does not have an X-ray unit, because in this field there is consistent over utilization of imaging. When “red flags” are present such as swelling, redness of trauma for example, the appropriate radiological referral will be made. See this message to patients from the American College of Physicians on Diagnostic Imaging for Low Back Pain
Once you go to a chiropractor will you have to go all the time or forever?
No…Treatment plans are unique to each patient’s condition. At Advanced Spine and Joint Center, our goal is to get patients feeling and moving well as quickly as possible. At that time, home rehab exercise prescriptions are given to keep the condition from returning and the patient released. Some patients choose to continue wellness care with regular “check-ups” to help with their condition or maintain their health, and we are happy to help. The total duration of care to resolve any given complaint is based on several factors, including overall compliance with the treatment plan, especially any prescription for home exercises, as well as severity of the condition and duration of symptoms. ASJC will provide every patient with home and self-care strategies that are designed to provide you as the patient with an increased level of control around their care.
Should I go to Advanced Spine and Joint Center or my family doctor for back or muscle pain?
Dr. Vahldick has undergone extensive study and specialized training in anatomy, biomechanics, sports injuries, and rehabilitative exercises. He has experience working along side Orthopedist, Pain Management Doctors, Physical Therapist as well as other Chiropractors. With the breadth of knowledge required for a medical doctor to graduate, muscle and joint pain, is often reported as their least knowledgeable sections. For musculoskeletal injuries, Advanced SJC is best suited to meet your needs!
According to Jens Chapman, M.D., a University of Washington professor of orthopedics and neurological surgery, “Chiropractors are a satisfying choice to manage acute back pain.” Further, a 2002 study funded by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality reported that more patients are satisfied with the back treatment and advice they get from chiropractors compared with medical doctors.
What effect does a chiropractic adjustment have on joints?
A chiropractic adjustment restores proper motion when performed on the right joint. Beyond increases in passive range of motion, patients can expect physiological effects on the central nervous system, muscle tone effects around the joint, and pain relief. Medical textbooks will tell you that loss of or excessive motion is the cause of joint damage and arthritis. The audible “click” results from the release of what are thought to be bubbles of nitrogen gas.
What can I expect on my first visit?
On your first visit you can expect to receive a comprehensive examination that will evaluate joint motion / function, muscle and nerve tension / function, and could likely include gait analysis and other dynamic tests.
At Advanaced Spine & Joint Center X-rays are ordered only when needed in cases of trauma or concerns regarding pathology. Some treatment and/or prescribed home rehab exercises can be expected on the first visit. Patients usually leave the office feeling a difference and knowing exactly what’s causing their condition on the first visit. This visit should take about an hour and patients should arrive 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork to allow sufficient exam and treatment time.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe for my neck and back?
Chiropractic is recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for musculoskeletal conditions. No health treatment is completely free of adverse effects, but Advanced Spine and Joint Center perform neck and back adjustments that are proven to be the safest and most joint friendly from the Motion Palpation Institute.
Is it safe for me to visit the chiropractor if I am pregnant?
Absolutely!! Dr. Vahldick has experience working with patients referred by their OB/GYN and has learned how to evaluate and treat the expectant mother as her body changes during gestation. But chiropractors that utilize mostly chiropractic manipulation may not be effective. In pregnancy, a frequent problem is aberrant, or excessive movement of the lumbar spine and pelvis. The weight gain, changes in center of gravity, and the fact that around the 28th week of pregnancy the body increases a hormone (relaxin) that helps relax the pelvic joints to allow development and delivery, help drive more mobility in the spine. The pain is generally related to the soft tissues in the area (ligaments and muscles) that are under increased stress. At that time manipulation is rarely performed for the low back and more soft tissue work and rehab is required. Our team will work with your Ob/Gyn to provide a safe, natural alternative to medications for your pain. Our pregnant patients enjoy excellent results with the assurance that their body and their baby’s health is safe, with the drug free chiropractic care we offer.
Do chiropractors refer patients to other specialists?
Of course. We always always ask the question – “What is best for the patient?” If your condition is best treated at our clinic then we would love to treat you. Medical co-management can be an incredibly valuable asset, especially in cases of radiating pain past the knee or elbow. If your condition is best helped at another health care facility, our doctors will get you to the right place. Likewise, medical doctors, dentists, podiatrists and other health care professionals often refer patients to our clinic for comprehensive chiropractic care.