Services

What We Treat

We treat injuries involving muscles, joints, and/or nerves. The following is a brief list of the types of injuries we have treated:

 
  • Joint Sprain/Strain of the Spine and Extremities
  • Tendinitis/Tendinosis
  • Cervical spine radiating pain
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Lumbar Spine Facet Syndrome
  • Cervical & Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Syndrome
  • Mid Back Pain


  • Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Groin Strain
  • Calf Strain
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Hamstring Strain
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Pre and post surgical cases (ie. ACL repair, meniscus tear, cervical and lumbar spine fusion/discectomy, rotator cuff tear, hip replacement)


Treatment Methods

The following is a brief description of our methods of treatment. However, please feel free to call us at 310-374-9025 if you have any unanswered questions.

The treatment depends on your history and physical examination findings. These findings include the following: how long you have had the injury; the severity of the injury; how much pain you are experiencing; and the that degree the injured tissues have healed. If you are experiencing a significant amount of pain and inflammation, treatment will be focused on calming these symptoms. Treatment may include the use of ice, ultrasound, interferential current, and some trigger point therapy. Also, you will be given specific directions on how you can help speed up your own recovery.

As the injured tissues heal, the treatment focuses on breaking down problematic scar tissue, lengthening shortened muscles, restoring lost motion to affected joints, along with containing any residual pain. This treatment consists of the following: specific myofascial release techniques (ART, etc.); active and resisted range of motion exercises; passive and active muscle stretching; and joint mobilization or manipulation. Ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, ice or heat may be used as adjunctive methods of treatment. Also, an essential home stretching/exercise program will be recommended.

Many injuries are the result of biomechanical weakness occurring over time. These weaknesses can result in future injuries. As you are able to return to pain free activities, I will suggest specific strength and condition exercises, and modifications of your activities. These suggestions will help you overcome your biomechanical weaknesses and avoid future injuries. Treatment frequency is decreased followed by discharge from care. This applies to most cases. However, some cases take longer to resolve. This could range from rehabilitation of a post surgical knee to chronic lower back pain due to a scoliosis or degenerative joint disease.

Please allow yourself about 90 minutes for your initial visit; 45 to 60 minutes for subsequent visits. Most cases are successfully treated within 3 to 10 visits. Some cases may require referral to another health care provider for consultation or further care.

Active Release Technique™ (ART)

ART, as the title denotes, allows the patient to be actively involved with the treatment. For example, the patient performs a joint motion while I apply tension to that "knot" (scar tissue) in the muscle, which has caused their pain and/or dysfunction. Scar tissue is broken down, allowing the muscle to return to a pre-injury state.

This technique contributes to my methods of treating soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue refers to muscle, joint, and nerves. This hands-on soft tissue technique has helped tune my own hands-on approach to treatment of injuries ranging from plantar fascitis to carpal tunnel syndrome.


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The Center for Orthopedic and Athletic Injuries - 310-374-9025 - famatodc@earthlink.net
1200 Artesia Blvd., Suite 200 • Hermosa Beach • California • 90254


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