Frequently Asked Questions

You should seek care from the sports chiropractic physicians at Premier Sports and Spine Center when pain, discomfort, or stiffness begins to disrupt your life.  People often feel that they can manage their pain or just not think about it and many conditions may be able to be addressed at home, however, waiting to seek a professional opinion can sometimes make the problem worse.  This can result in more difficulty resolving the problem.  When you seek care early in a problem it often takes a shorter period of time to resolve.  The highly ethical physicians at PSSC will not keep you in a treatment plan longer than you need to be and will give you the tools to prevent the problem from coming back.

There can be many different causes of back pain related to running.  Running is a highly repetitive activity and so over the course of a long distance it can put a lot of physical stress on the body.  This stress is conveyed up the legs and through the hips into the low back because the hips and low back are very connected, both by joints and muscles.  If a person has a bio-mechanical inefficiency due to a muscle weakness or other causes, this stress can be put on one structure more than others and this results in more damage to that structure.  This can result in back pain, hip pain, or pain in other areas.  The sports chiropractic physicians at PSSC are trained and experienced in identifying these bio-mechanical inefficiencies as well as identifying the structures that are causing your pain.  The techniques they specialize in can then be utilized to reduce your pain.  After the pain has subsided, rehabilitation can be used to prevent the pain from coming back.

Chiropractic manipulation is usually not painful but can occasionally result in some minor discomfort.  The soft tissue therapies utilized at PSSC can be painful, similar to a deep tissue massage, but it is important to realize that all of the therapies are done to the patientʼs tolerance level.  During therapy your doctor will ask you about pressure and how the treatment is feeling, patients are encouraged to let their doctor know if they would like them to use less pressure.

The answer to this question is different for every case.  At the time of your first visit at PSSC your chiropractic sports physician will perform a thorough exam to determine the cause of your pain.  At this point they will discuss a treatment plan with you.  At PSSC you will never be pressured into a long term treatment plan and the length of your treatment plan will be determined by your recovery.  As your symptoms begin to subside, your treatment frequency will decrease and you will be given a more in-depth home program to help prevent the symptoms from returning.  Once your symptoms are no longer present you will be released from care.  Occasionally, patients choose to come in to the clinic for maintenance type care if they have a more chronic or permanent condition.  This is entirely up to the patient and you will not be pressured to do so.

The sports chiropractic physicians at PSSC treat a wide variety of injuries including low back pain, neck pain, tendinitis/tendinosis, sprain/strain, and plantar fasciitis.  PSSC is able to treat many different injuries because the physicians are trained in a wide variety of treatment options which allows them to tailor a treatment strategy to your unique injury.  PSSC has treated athletes from middle school, high school, college, and even professionals but the therapies they utilize are just as effective for patients who get most of their activity gardening or even just have pain from sitting at a desk all day.

Patients choose PSSC because of the advanced training the doctors have undergone and also because of the more in-depth treatment options they provide.  All of the doctors at PSSC have taken post-doctoral training in sports medicine, soft tissue therapies, rehabilitation, and diagnostics.  PSSC utilizes this extra training to perform a thorough history and exam to identify the cause of your pain.  They then utilize some or all of a variety of treatment options to better treat your injury.  This consists of 30-45 minutes of therapy, much of which will be soft tissue therapy for the muscles, tendons, and ligaments involved in your injury.  At PSSC all of the care is provided by your physician and you will never be rushed in and out of the clinic after being “cracked.”  This treatment approach gets people out of pain and back to their activity faster and more permanently.  It is this unique atmosphere that causes area physical therapists, orthopedic specialists, and even other chiropractors to refer their patients to Premier Sports and Spine Center.

PSSC proudly takes all of the major insurances in the area including, but not limited to: Medica, Healthpartners, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Preferred One, United Healthcare, Workerʼs Compensation, and personal injury insurance.  At the time of your first visit, PSSC will check your benefits and explain to you what they are as well as go over any out of pocket expenses.  PSSC will handle the insurance billing for you and make the process as easy as possible.

PSSC is conveniently located at 8577 Columbine Road Eden Prairie MN 55344. This is a great for anyone living in or near Eden Prairie and the surrounding areas.

A chiropractic adjustment is a technique utilized by chiropractors to increase the range of motion in a joint and decrease pain.  The chiropractors at Premier Sports and Spine Center use various different kinds of adjustments when appropriate.

“Joint manipulation” is another term for a chiropractic adjustment.  At Premier Sports and Spine Center our sports chiropractors use joint manipulation and joint mobilization  techniques ranging in intensity from the traditional chiropractic adjustment, to gentle joint mobilizations more commonly utilized by physical therapists.

The sports chiropractors at Premier Sports and Spine Center have received hundreds of hours of training in addition to the standard chiropractic degree.  All of the additional education, training and certifications our sports chiropractors have earned focus on  specializations such as sports medicine, sports diagnostics, soft tissue therapy, acupuncture/dry needling, and rehabilitation exercises.

Lower back pain is a common condition with many different causes.  Some common causes include degenerative disc disease, bulging disc, herniated disc, sprains and strains, SI joint dysfunction, and overuse.

The sports chiropractors at both our Eden Prairie and Eagan locations start with a thorough history and examination to determine the cause of your lower back pain.  After determining the most likely cause, your sports chiropractor will discuss the appropriate treatment plan that will effectively address your pain. We utilize many techniques, in addition to adjustments, in order to eliminate your pain.  This may include: joint mobilization, Active Release Therapy (ART), transverse friction massage, dry needling and acupuncture, kinesio taping, and corrective exercise.

The chiropractors at Premier Sports and Spine Center have extensive training in treating athletic and non-athletic injuries.  The biggest advantage of seeing a chiropractor is that they perform manual type therapies which you will not usually receive from physical therapists.  Many injuries respond better to a combination of manual therapies and therapeutic exercises as opposed to exercises alone.

Traditional chiropractic focuses primarily on treating the spine but sports chiropractors are trained and experienced in treating the extremities, including the shoulder.  The sports chiropractors at Premier Sports and Spine Center are trained in many different soft tissue and rehabilitation techniques that are excellent for treating not only shoulder pain but other extremities as well.

For patients with shoulder pain the sports chiropractors at Premier Sports and Spine Center will take the time to thoroughly evaluate your shoulder, neck, and mid back.  This evaluation will cover range of motion, strength, neurology, and orthopedic testing.  After they have determined the most likely cause of your shoulder pain, they will discuss treatment with you.  At Premier Sports and Spine Center treatment visits are 30-40 minutes long and will include therapies like joint mobilization, Active Release Technique (ART), dry needling and acupuncture, transverse friction massage, Graston, FAKTR, and corrective exercises.

Sports chiropractors undergo a unique combination of training.  They have significantly more training in diagnostics and various treatment techniques than traditional chiropractors do.  Sports chiropractors also tend to utilize manual therapies to treat the soft tissues much more than their physical therapist counterparts.

When trying to find a sports chiropractor patients should look for providers that have additional certifications such as “Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician.”  Patients should also look for providers that are trained in various different techniques.  Providers that use a variety of therapies tend to have more customized treatment protocols for their patients.  Look for therapies such as Active Release Therapy (ART), Graston, FAKTR, Dry Needling Therapy/Acupuncture, corrective exercise and Transverse Friction Massage.

Active release technique (ART) is a soft tissue technique used by sports chiropractors that combines soft tissue manipulation and mobilization.  It is very effective for lengthening shortened muscles and is most successful when used in conjunction with transverse friction massage, Graston, FAKTR, Dry Needling Therapy and Acupuncture, and corrective exercises.

Sitting and standing with correct posture has many advantages.  The first, and most obvious, advantage is that having correct posture puts less strain on your body.  Correct posture allows our bodies to spread out the forces that are put on our joints and muscles. Correct posture eliminates or avoids pain in many areas of the body.

The sports chiropractors at Premier Sports and Spine Center utilize many different soft tissue techniques that are all specific forms of deep tissue massage.  These techniques include Transverse Friction Massage, Active Release Technique (ART), Myofascial Release, Graston, and FAKTR.

In Minnesota, we are fortunate to have a large number of experts in a variety of specializations.  The sports chiropractors at both our Eden Prairie and Eagan locations are known for the conservative treatment of spinal conditions.  Our sports chiropractors are part of a wide network of spinal surgeons, physical therapists, and pain management experts that we frequently refer to if we feel your condition is not appropriately treated by our conservative approach.

The sports chiropractors at both our Eden Prairie and Eagan locations have received numerous awards for being “top doctors” and “best chiropractor” in the Twin Cities area.  These awards are earned by meeting specific standards and qualifications.  Some of these awards are awarded by peer vote, some by patient votes and others by meeting standards set by a panel of professionals.  Our doctor’s have qualified as the top choice in all these categories and, as such, have earned many different kinds of awards and recognition.

When trying to find a sports chiropractor, patients should look for providers that have additional certifications such as “Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician.”  Patients should also look for providers that are trained in various different techniques.  Providers that use a variety of therapies tend to have more customized treatment protocols for their patients.  Look for therapies such as ART, Graston, FAKTR, Dry Needling and Acupucture, corrective exercises, and Transverse Friction Massage.

Premier Sports and Spine Center has locations in both Eden Prairie and Eagan to better serve the entire south metro and larger Minneapolis and Twin Cities area.  Both of our locations are located close to major roadways to make coming for therapy as convenient as possible.  Many of our patients travel from quite a distance because of the unique combination of therapies and experience at Premier Sports and Spine Center.

You should seek care from the sports chiropractic physicians at Premier Sports and Spine Center when pain, discomfort, or stiffness begins to disrupt your life.  People often feel that they can manage or ignore their pain.  Many conditions may be able to be addressed at home, however, waiting to seek a professional opinion can sometimes make the problem worse.  This can result in more difficulty resolving the problem.  When you seek care early on in a problem, it often takes a shorter period of time to resolve.  The physicians at Premier Sports and Spine Center would prefer to see you earlier on in the injury cycle so that the injury resolves faster and less time and money are spent on getting you back to normal.

There can be many different causes of back pain related to running.  Running is a highly repetitive activity, there are 1,200 steps in a mile and 110 tons of pressure are exerted on each leg as you run.  Most runners don’t just run 1 mile, they run 3, 5, 10 miles and do that multiple days a week.  This constant repetition and load can put a lot of physical stress on the body.  If a person has a biomechanical inefficiency due to a muscle weakness or other causes, this stress can be focused on one structure more than others which results in breakdown within that structure.  This can lead to a repetitive strain and stress injury that manifests itself as lower back pain, hip pain, knee pain, or pain in other areas.  The sports chiropractic physicians at Premier Sports and Spine Center are trained and experienced in identifying these biomechanical inefficiencies as well as identifying the structures that are causing your pain.  The specialized manual soft tissue techniques we employ can then be utilized to reduce your pain.  After the pain has subsided, rehabilitation can begin in order to prevent the pain and injury from coming back.

Chiropractic manipulation is usually not painful but can occasionally result in some minor discomfort or lingering soreness.  The soft tissue therapies utilized at Premier Sports and Spine Center can be mildly uncomfortable, similar to a deep tissue massage. All of the therapies utilized by our doctors are done to the patientʼs tolerance level.  During therapy your doctor will ask you about pressure and how the treatment is feeling and adjust as needed.  Patients are encouraged to let their doctor know if they would like them to use less or more pressure.

The answer to this question is different for every individual patient.  At the time of your first visit to Premier Sports and Spine Center, your chiropractic sports physician will perform a thorough exam to determine the root cause of your pain and injury.  After assessing your personal situation, they will discuss the best treatment plan for your injury or pain.  At Premier Sports and Spine Center, our treatment philosophy is to get to the root of the problem and fix it.  It is our mission to equip our patients with tools that they can use at home to help aid in the healing process.  As soon as the condition or injury is resolved, we discharge patients.  We do not do long term treatment plans nor do we believe in treating patient’s conditions by adjusting weekly, like traditional chiropractors.  With our advanced training and unique treatment model, the doctors at Premier Sports and Spine Center are committed to individualized treatment plans.  Occasionally, patients have permanent or chronic conditions that are significantly improved by treatment and maintenance appointments.  These maintenance appointments are often a transition from manipulation and manual therapy to therapeutic exercise sessions which strengthen the individual’s functional capacity.  In these situations, the patient chooses to come in a few times per year to manage their chronic pain and maintain their functional capacity, but this is driven by the patient’s symptoms not the doctor’s dictation of scheduled visits.

The sports chiropractic physicians at Premier Sports and Spine Center treat a wide variety of injuries including lower back pain, neck pain, tendinitis/tendinosis, sprains and strains, and plantar fasciitis.  Our physicians are able to treat many different injuries due to extensive training in a wide variety of treatment options, allowing them to tailor a treatment strategy to your unique injury.  The team at Premiers Sports and Spine Center has treated athletes from middle school, high school, college, and professional levels, however, the treatment therapies utilized are as effective for patients who are moderately active or have pain from sitting at a desk all day.

Our doctors have been chosen to work at the highest levels, with professional teams like the MN Lynx and with Team USA.  The Premier Sports and Spine Center doctors have been honored with Best Chiropractor, Top Doctor, and Patient Satisfaction awards for several years running. These honors demonstrate that the sports chiropractors at our clinics are at the top of their profession.   All of our sports chiropractic physicians have taken post-doctoral training in sports medicine, soft tissue therapies, rehabilitation, and diagnostics.  Our physicians utilize this extra training while conducting a thorough history and examination to identify the root cause of every patient’s pain.  Once identified, they create a treatment plan which incorporates some or all of a variety of therapies to treat your injury.  This consists of 30-45 minutes of manual therapy, much of which will be soft tissue therapy for the muscles, tendons, and ligaments involved in your injury.  At Premier Sports and Spine Center, all of the care is provided by your physician and you will never be rushed in and out of the clinic. This unique treatment approach gets people out of pain and back to their activity faster and more permanently.  It is this unique atmosphere that causes area physical therapists, orthopedic specialists, and even other chiropractors to refer their patients to Premier Sports and Spine Center.

Premier Sports and Spine Center proudly accepts all of the major insurances in the area including, but not limited to: Medica, Healthpartners, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Preferred One, United Healthcare, Workerʼs Compensation, and personal injury insurance.  At the time of your initial visit, our front desk staff will check your benefits and explain them as well as go over any out of pocket expenses you may incur per your insurance plan.  Premier Sports and Spine Center will handle the insurance billing for you and make the process as easy as possible.

Our doctors have been chosen to work at the highest levels, with professional teams like the MN Lynx and with Team USA.  The Premier Sports and Spine Center physicians have been honored by being chosen as Best Chiropractors, Top Doctors, and winning Patient Satisfaction awards for several years running. These honors show that the sports chiropractors at Premier Sports and Spine Center are at the top of their profession.   All of our sports chiropractic physicians have taken post-doctoral training in sports medicine, soft tissue therapies, rehabilitation, and diagnostics. There are only 200 doctors in the USA that are board certified by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, thereby making us part of an elite group of sports chiropractic physicians specially trained to be at the top of their field.

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