Many individuals suffer from whiplash-associated disorders after neck trauma due to sports, falls, or motor-vehicle accidents. At ESP Sports Medicine, we provide extensive physical assessments of the neck. These include screening posture, range of motion, strength, sensation, reflexes, and joint mobility. These comprehensive tests allow us to determine patient’s diagnosis and prognosis. In some cases, patients have radiating pain, severe loss of strength, or pain that does not change with position. Collaboration with a medical doctor is important with these types of symptoms.
During our treatment sessions we use our hands, needles, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) tools, and cupping therapy. These, along with the proper home exercise program, conservatively manages whiplash pain. It is common for us to see patients that have been to facilities without integrated care or concussion screening protocols. Neck pain is usually prolonged in these situations because the nervous system has not been re-calibrated appropriately. We are experts in providing quality care for this type of injury. Once deficits are addressed, patients do not need extensive therapy visits. Since we have addressed the proper problems, we are able to guide the patient towards the best treatment.
Dr. Mary Finck is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at ESP Sports Medicine. She specializes in neuromuscular conditions including brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, and more. She has been a physical therapist for 10 years and uses a variety of tools to improve function. These tools include dry needling, muscle scraping, and vacuum cupping. She also uses function and motor control exercises. As a result, Mary is one of the top physical therapists in Boulder County.