What Do We Treat?

At Insight Osteopathic Medicine, we feel the best way to demonstrate "What We Treat" is to showcase our Patient Stories, their unique set of circumstances, and how Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments (OMT) helped. The following is just a small sampling of the kinds of conditions we treat.

 

Most people in Western cultures tend to associate certain therapies as helping only certain health problems. Osteopathy’s reach is nearly unlimited because it works to strengthen and restore the body’s own powerful healing ability. All cells of the body require nutrients, waste removal, and nerve communication to function properly. When the body can do these tasks unencumbered, it is healthier. Osteopaths free up these pathways, allowing the body to do what it does best-heal and maintain itself.

 

Chronic Pain

Denise led an active life with multiple minor strains occurring in her 20s and 30s, but did not have a chronic complaint until she woke up one morning unable to move her neck. After watching her walk, I diagnosed a postural imbalance from the strain in her leg, and following her first treatment, came up with some very specific stretching techniques and suggested a specific shoe to wear.

 

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Headache and Migraines

Ann started having migraines as a teenager. She saw specialists across the country and took a variety of medications. Menopause caused a severe spike in her migraines. Her head pain was so severe that she was forced to spend most of her time in a darkened room. The first time Ann laid on my table I was able to palpate her nervous system and recognized a restriction in her brain.

 

Shoulder Pain

Jane is 46-year-old woman dealing with chronic shoulder pain. Happy in her second marriage, Jane has two children, but for more than 30 years suffered severe pain in her right shoulder. The pain had increased so much that she couldn’t even do basic household chores. Her first visit left her feeling peaceful, but the pain persisted and she returned for more treatment. At her second treatment, Jane broke down in tears as she remembered the emotional stresses of her first marriage.

 

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Low Back Pain

Wes is a 49 year old male who first came to see me 5 years ago. He initially hurt his back 25 years prior playing high school football and his back has had a chronic low grade ache ever since. A few times a year his back “goes out” and forces him to lie on the floor for a few days followed by limping around for a couple of weeks. Every time he started an exercise regimen, his pain skyrocketed. He saw me once a week for about 6 months and his pain decreased by about 70%.

 

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Pelvic Pain

Sherry had post-surgical pain after surgery to repair a hernia in her groin. As soon as she awoke from surgery she knew something was terribly wrong. Her pain was a 9 out of 10. She suffered with this pain for a few years despite multiple PT appointments, acupuncture, and pain management that included medications and injections into the site of her pain.I began treating her twice a month for about 9 months and her pain completely resolved. I recently ran into Sherry at Home Depot. She hugged me warmly and told me that she has been completely pain free for the 5 years following her osteopathic treatment.

 

 

Leg and Foot Pain

Malcolm, a patient with a herniated disc compressing a nerve root complained of tremendous leg pain. We discussed surgery and I referred him to 3 neurosurgeons who all recommended surgery, but he decided to wait. We started with a series of epidural injections which helped quite a bit.

 

 

Sports Injuries

Sam is a 12 year old active child who was hit by a much larger soccer opponent. He was unable to sit up without excruciating pain. After gently laying my hands on his for 30 minutes, his pain began to slowly dissipate. Another six treatments helped Sam return to his full activities completely pain free. I’ve seen countless cases of older adults complaining that their backs have never been the same after sustaining their injuries. It makes me smile to think that Sam won’t be one of them.

 
 

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Danielle was a former patient of mine who had the advantage of knowing the positive effects OMT can achieve on injuries, so she came to see me right after her MVA. She experienced severe neck pain, but even worse, was unable to think without effort, had trouble remembering things, and her speech was slow and halting. We discussed the forces that caused her neck strain—the forward force and then sudden back lash – whiplash, as it is named for the sharp return lash of the whip.

 

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Neck & Upper Back

Trinity was stopped at a light when her car was hit from behind hard. Prior to this accident she had chronic neck and upper back pain which had been keeping her from restorative sleep for about 20 years. These symptoms were much worse after the accident. Unable to turn her head to look over her shoulder, she also had some new poorly defined numbness in her hands. Her neurological exam had some concerning findings so I ordered an MRI which thankfully was completely normal. We decided that weekly OMT with some acupuncture and massage added in occasionally would be the optimal treatment plan for Trinity. Nine months later her chronic issues, including her sleep, were better than they had been in 20 years. I saw her a few years later and she was happy to report that “her chronic pain was still better since her treatments”. 

 

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Asthma and Allergies

Bobby was an 8-year-old boy suffering from asthma. After he developed a mild rash behind his left knee, his parents sought medical care. The physicians were unable to identify the cause of the rash, and topical treatments achieved no benefit. The rash persisted. On top of that, whenever Bobby engaged in vigorous physical activity, he developed a mild cough and difficulty breathing.

 
 

Vertigo

Larry, an active 72-year-old retiree experienced vertigo, which limited his yoga regimen and infringed upon his lifestyle. A fall from a cliff five years earlier had precipitated a see-saw of vertigo—severe at first, then abating after three days, remaining at bay for the next three years, then progressively becoming debilitating in the two years prior to contacting my office.

 
 

Expectant Moms and Newborns

Vanessa, a 33-year-old in the 37th week of her third pregnancy, carried and delivered her first two children without complications. When she came to our office, her baby was in a breach position (instead of head down, it is positioned butt down in her womb.) She tried acupuncture, but resisted treatment by her obstetrics and gynecology physician at the hospital out of concern for side effects.

 

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