Chiropractic Care Helped My Chronic Back Pain

I have been experiencing neck and low back pain for 5 years now. I have seen several doctors and tried taking Tylenol for my pain, but it didn’t help. The pain had gotten so bad that once I had to miss a week of work because of my low back. The pain had started to really interrupt my life. I came to see the doctors at Advanced Physical Medicine & Therapy. My neck pain went away as soon as I started treatment. The care I have received here has helped a lot. I believe in the benefits of chiropractic care, which are obvious for me. Thank you.


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Outstanding Benefits of Advanced Physical Medicine & Therapy

In mid-December I came to the office complaining of my neck and back always hurting, and I couldn’t sit for long periods of time. I’ve been to three different doctors, and it wasn’t until I started coming to Advanced Physical Medicine & Therapy for about a month that my pain made a noticeable decrease. I sleep better now, my bowling average is up 45 -50 pins. I feel good about myself, I’m keeping my weight down, and I love the way I can get out of my car without hurting. I would recommend chiropractic care to anyone and everyone; the benefits are outstanding.


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Chiropractic Care Returns Patient to Wellness!

I came to Advanced Physical Medicine & Therapy suffering from headaches and back pain. I have had these symptoms for almost 15 years. In the past, I had tried various over-the-counter drugs that my internist had recommended. These did not offer any long-term benefits. My chiropractic treatments offered relief right away. My treatments have helped me feel a lot better. The staff has all been great. Thank you

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Mount Prospect Corporate Challenge

Mount Prospect Corporate Challenge


Advanced Physical Medicine & Therapy is proud to sponsor the Mount Prospect Corporate Challenge.  You can register for the event here.  This event is held Thursday, August 4 at 6 pm in the Kensington Business Plaza.  I will be running that day and look forward to you joining me!

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Effective Treatments for Shin Splints

Shin SplintsShin splints are also known as medial tibial stress syndrome.

Shin splints is a condition characterized by pain in the lower leg brought on by running or other athletic activity. It can also be caused or exacerbated by ill-fitting or inadequate shoes past their prime. It is an injury that causes inflammation of the muscles in the lower leg including the posterior tibialis, anterior tibialis, and flexor hallicus longus. The muscles are used in ankle plantar flexion—pointing your forefoot downward and is used in deceleration as seen in runners who do a lot of hill work up and down.   Athletes who are required to stop and go frequently, such as in soccer or basketball may also have difficulties with shin splints.  In severe cases, the pain does not stop following the end of athletic activity.  If left untreated, shin splints can prevent involvement in future athletic activity.

Common treatments for this condition are NSAIDs, rest and ice. These treatments are not always ideal. Long term use of anti-inflammatory medication can cause serious health risks. Rest is not always possible during the height of the athletic season, for those who are weekend warriors, work still calls. These treatments will cause a reduction of symptoms, but will do nothing to prevent shin splints from occurring again.

A Chiropractic Approach to Shin Splints

A chiropractic approach allows the patient to treat the shin splints while limiting the use of NSAIDs. In addition, chiropractic approaches can accelerate the healing process, reducing the need for prolonged rest. Shin splints are caused by injury not a disease process, so of course prevention of the initial injury as well as avoidance of recurrence is ideal.

Chiropractic prevention and treatment for shin splints include:

  • running gait analysis to address any muscular imbalances
  • manual therapy of the inflamed muscle to speed up the reduction of swelling
  • ultrasound therapy
  • kinesio taping
  • natural topical anti-inflammatory with formulations including arnica, curcumin, boswellia
  • education about proper fitting shoes

Usually with active care, under professional supervision the condition is reduced in a matter of days and under control in weeks. With proper education it is easy to prevent the recurrence of shin splints.

Stretching lower leg muscles such as the Gastrocnemius-Soleus Stretch will help (30secs X 3 sets).

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Strengthening exercises for the tibialis posterior and tibialis anterior are also helpful.  This done by toe walking and heel walking for several minutes each way 2-3 X per day.

Vijay Patel (76 Posts)

Dr. Vijay Patel earned his doctoral degree in Chiropractic from National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Patel is board certified in electrodiagnostics by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. Dr. Patel has recently received training in Manipulation under Anesthsia (MUA). Constantly striving to give his patients the most up-to-date care possible, Dr. Patel attends many post-graduate seminars including such topics as neurology, research review, and sports performance enhancement. Dr. Patel has practiced medicine at Advanced Physical Medicine and Therapy in Mt. Prospect, Illinois since 1999. Dr. Patel currently serves as president of the Chicago chapter of the Illinois Chiropractic Society. He is also a member of both the National College of Chiropractic Alumni Association and the American Chiropractic Association. Dr. Patel is fluent in Gujarati. A lifelong runner, he has completed marathons and still competes in triathlons with his college mates.

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