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Sports Injury Care in Channahon

Bryan Murphy is a chiropractor who graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology. From there, he attended the National University of Health Sciences and graduated in 2006 with a Doctorate of Chiropractic. In March of 2014, he became certified in mechanical diagnosis and therapy from the McKenzie Institute; only 1% of chiropractors in the world are certified McKenzie practitioners! With this success, Dr. Murphy went on to open Murphy’s Spine & Sport in Channahon to help ease the pain of others and make them feel their best.

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Dr. Murphy will find the root of your problem and begin to treat your pain from there. He practices using the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy (MDT). This practice uses a reliable assessment process that is intended for all musculoskeletal problems including pain in the back, neck, and extremities (shoulder, knee, ankle, etc.), as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms, and intermittent numbness in hands or feet. If you are suffering from any of these issues, MDT might be right for you!

MDT is comprised of four primary steps: assessment, classification, treatment, and prevention. Most musculoskeletal pain is "mechanical" in origin, which means it is not due to a serious pathology like cancer or infection, but a result of abnormal or unusual forces or mechanics occurring in the tissue. Further, it means that a position, movement, or activity caused the pain to start. If a mechanical force caused the problem, then it is logical that a mechanical force may be part of the solution. The MDT system is designed to identify the mechanical problem and develop a plan to correct or improve the mechanics and thus decrease or eliminate the pain and functional problems.

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In the simplest and most common instance, this may mean that moving in one direction may provoke and worsen the pain, while moving in the opposite direction may eliminate the pain and restore function. This is known as Directional Preference. Other patients may have pain just at the end of movement or with certain functional movements like throwing or stair climbing. The McKenzie assessment explores these different positions and movements, how the patient performs them, and the response to these movements. Interpreting this information, the clinician then determines which of the movements and posture becomes the treatment as well as the necessary exercise dosage.

He who searches for pain, is lost. Bryan Murphy doesn’t just treat what hurts, but treats why that area hurts. Where is the breakdown in your body that is causing you to overuse the area that is in pain? Dr. Murphy will work with you to discover from there what can help you feel and move better without pain. He treats all of the different musculoskeletal pain in each extremity, and he offers post-surgical rehab as well. Dr. Murphy has successfully rehabilitated patients following surgeries such as ACL, meniscus tear, knee and hip replacements, rotator cuff tears in the shoulder, cervical and lumbar spine fusion, and more. Here, we will work directly with you and your doctor throughout your recovery to ensure you can get back in motion as soon as possible.

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Bryan Murphy at Murphy’s Spine & Sport is dedicated to personalized, thorough chiropractic care for a range of issues and pain. At our office, we also have 2 certified massage therapists on staff for added relaxation and some relief from your regular aches or pain. We provide our services for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and anyone who is searching for certified solutions for extra pain in problem areas. Give us a call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Every patient is unique. Chiropractic adjustments are appropriate for certain conditions, but are not absolutely necessary. The signature treatment is the education you will receive about the spectrum of treatment options that are recommended for you.

A: Spinal stenosis is a common condition in the elderly where a narrow spinal canal pinches on a spinal nerve root. Non-surgical care such as exercise and physical therapy is the treatment of choice. I have helped many patients with this condition; if you are a candidate for surgery, we would recommend a consultation for you.

A: Soft tissue massage can be an important part of treatment programs. During my treatment, I do a lot of soft tissue muscle work. I also have a licensed massage therapist that works in the office with me – if I feel you may need even more muscle work, I can refer you to her.

A: Yes. Pinched nerves in the neck or lower back cause arm or leg symptoms such as numbness, tingling, or weakness. I will perform the necessary examination to diagnose this condition. Then together we will form the best plan of treatment for your condition. It may be some specific exercises, some postural changes, ergonomic or lifting advice, and/or physical therapy for your condition. About 20% of the time, pinched nerve symptoms worsen in the first month or fail to resolve over a 1 to 3 month period. Such cases require additional testing such as with an M.R.I. and more invasive treatments such as epidural injections or surgery. We will make appropriate referrals in these instances.

A: Initially, the knee disorder is assessed and diagnosed. As an example, knee tendinitis will require a thorough evaluation of the foot and hip as well as the knee. Proper foot wear and balance exercises along with a specialized patello-femoral tracking exercise program is utilized.

A: Typically, we will evaluate you and begin a physical therapy/pain management program. However, an orthopedic consultation and M.R.I. evaluation will be necessary if no progress is seen within a few week period. Soft tissue massage, gentle exercises, and heat or ice treatments are usually quite effective.

A: About 80% of people with lower back pain are 80% better within 2-4 weeks.

A: If your sciatica is persisting for 2-3 month, you are definitely a surgical candidate. If it is causing progressive muscle weakness, you would be a surgical candidate even sooner. If you have any bowel or bladder incontinence or both legs are “giving way,” then a more urgent surgical consultation is required. However, 90% of people with sciatica will improve with conservative care.

An interesting scientific study showed that in the “long term” at 2 years or 10 years, there was no difference in outcome in those having surgery vs. those that did not. An eminant neurosurgeon Edward Caragee, M.D. from Stanford University wrote that the decision to operate is not a medical one, but a social one. If you are not improving within 12 weeks then you may get better quicker with surgery. But eventually even without surgery, if you can manage the pain you will have the same result either way.

A: Herniated discs are very common. It has been found that they are present in people who have no symptoms – even 20 year olds! Experts now say that spinal changes such as herniated discs and arthritis are related to age (like graying hair or wrinkling skin), not symptoms. It appears that the difference between a person with a herniated disc who has no symptoms and one who has symptoms has to do with how their body is coping or stabilizing their back. At Murphy’s Spine & Sport, we specialize in enhancing your functional ability to stabilize your back so the disc bulge is not as relevant.

A: Yes. I have seen many patients after their surgery. I work closely with your surgeon so we can forge a team approach to the timing and intensity of your rehabilitation program.