Dr. Justin Jelen specializes in sports injuries, and the most commonly injured areas of the body are the shoulders, knees, hips, and feet. Shoulder injuries are typically either due to physical activity, sports, and poor posture. Click here to learn more about shoulder injuries and how we treat them here at Unity Chiropractic and Wellness Center.
Knee pain typically is the result of running, sports injuries, and improperly bearing weight while walking or going about your activities of daily living. In short, the knee is a very critical weight-bearing joint and it can get worn down, weakened, and damaged over time with imbalances in our body, including being overweight and compensating for other injuries at the low back, pelvis, hips, ankles, and/or feet. Click here to learn more about knee injuries and how we treat them here at Unity Chiropractic and Wellness Center.
Hip pain and dysfunction can present in many ways. In fact, oftentimes people confuse their hips for their low back and pelvic joints. The hip is the main connection between the spine, pelvis, and the lower half of your body. Similar to the knee, the hip is a crucial heavy weight-bearing joint that is frequently injured slowly over time. Being overweight can wear down the hip joints over time, which is why you hear a lot of older people having the need for hip replacement surgeries. One of our main goals here at Unity Chiropractic and Wellness Center is to not only get you out of pain, but also return you to your normal activities of daily living at a high functioning capacity. Depending on the exact condition and source of your hip pain, our
treatments for the hip include chiropractic adjustments, myofascial release, massage therapy, low level laser therapy (LLLT), exercise rehabilitation, and nutritional supplementation.
Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of pain at the bottom of the heel as over 2 million patients every year seek treatment for this painful, frustrating condition. The plantar fascia is a thin, long band of ligament along the bottom of the foot that supports the arch and connects the front of the foot to the heel. This ligament’s role is to absorb the high stresses and strains that we place on our feet; however, too much pressure can cause damage, tears, and inflammation along the surrounding tissues. This inflammation typically results in excruciating pain, tightness, stiffness, and limited ability to walk and move your foot properly. Some of the risk factors that make one more vulnerable to developing plantar fasciitis include:
Overly tight calf muscles
Repetitive impact activity, including running and sports
New or increased activity
New footwear, both for casual and physical activity
Very high foot arch
Dr. Jelen is very experienced at successfully managing and treating plantar fasciitis. The Erchonia Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) at our clinic is very beneficial when it comes to this condition. In fact, this laser has 18 FDA clearances, and one of them specifically is the successful treatment of plantar fasciitis. Dr. Jelen will also provide chiropractic adjustments to the foot and ankle, and sometimes even the knee, hip, and low back. This condition typically builds up over time so it is critical to get to the source of the problem. Another treatment performed by the Dr. Jelen includes applying targeted manual therapy and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) to loosen tight tissues and break up stubborn scar tissue along the foot and ankle. Lastly, simple but effective home care exercises and stretches specific to plantar fasciitis are taught. The combination of these treatments and therapies is critical to effectively eliminate the pain and prevent reoccurrences post-treatment.