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A chiropractor is a clinician with significant training in musculoskeletal injury management, treatment, and rehabilitation. Treatment typically includes hands-on manual therapies and adjustments, specific exercises to help regain strength and range of motion, and recommendations/coaching to navigate recovery.

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Conditions We Treat

Chiropractors treat musculoskeletal (MSK) issues — conditions that affect muscles, bones, and joints. They are most recognized for spine care but treat all conditions that can affect muscles, bones, and joints.

  • Traumatic Joint Injuries
    A sudden or acute injury to a region where bones connect which can result in damage to bone, cartilage, or other soft tissue structures.
  • Shoulder Pain
    Often a result of repetitive postures, history of injury, or weakness of the rotator cuff and surrounding muscles that causes instability of the joint (i.e. impingement and rotator cuff tendinopathy).
  • Wrist Pain
    Chronic wrist pain is often a result of overuse, repetitive postures, or compression of nerves or vessels.
  • Hip Pain
    Chronic hip pain is often a result of a congenital disorder, muscle imbalances or tension, repetitive overload, or nerve impingement.
  • Knee Pain
    Chronic knee pain is often a result of overuse or muscular imbalances that influence the way the knee moves or the way the knee absorbs impact (i.e. patellofemoral pain syndrome and knee osteoarthritis).
  • Ankle Pain
    Chronic ankle pain is often a result of previous ankle injuries, degeneration, or repetitive overload.
  • Disc Injury
    A disc injury is damage to the shock absorbing structure that sits between the vertebrae of your spine.
  • Chronic Spine Pain
    Spine pain can include back or neck pain and is often a result of overuse, repetitive postures, muscle tension, strength imbalances, or other factors.
  • Cervical Sprain/Strain
    Also known as whiplash, this issue is damage to a muscle, tendon, or ligament of the neck due to a sudden forceful “back and forth” motion.
  • Tension Headaches
    Headaches caused by tightness and stiffness of the muscles that control the neck that can be a result of repetitive postures, stress, or neck/shoulder injury.
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
    Sacroiliac joint pain is pain near the base of the spine on either side where the sacrum meets the pelvis.
  • Radiculopathies
    A radiculopathy may develop due to compression or impingement of a nerve and most often originates in the neck or low back, though the symptoms may be referred into the arms or legs.
  • Manual Therapies
    Perform various hands on or instrument assisted therapies to soft tissue structures including myofascial release or stretching to assist with pain, swelling, muscle tension, or other restrictions.
  • Manipulations
    Manipulate or adjust different joints of the body, most specifically the spine, to assist with mobility, pain, and/or dysfunction and restore movement.
  • Taping
    Apply taping methods to provide pain relief, swelling reduction, or stability to injured joints and soft tissue structures.
  • Prescriptive Exercises
    Prescribe focused exercises aimed to correct imbalances or strengthen injured/weak body regions to aid in rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Athletic Performance
    Evaluate movement and sport specific skills to retrain the way the body moves. These adjustments may help improve speed, power, agility, and more.
  • Home Exercise Programs
    Prescribe programs to be performed at home including exercises for mobility and flexibility, strength, neuromuscular control, and more.

Clinical Scope

The types of musculoskeletal healthcare services that a clinician is authorized to provide differ based on specialty. At Motion, a chiropractor brings specific strengths to the clinical team.


Define and distinguish an injury or cause of pain.

Order and interpret imaging

Determine whether a particular injury needs further imaging, like an x-ray, MRI, or CT scan and evaluate the results in order to aid in proper diagnosis.

Perform treatments

Perform chiropractic adjustments, hands on manual therapies, prescribe exercises and home care programs.

Prescribe equipment

Prescribe necessary bracing, crutches, or other equipment to aid an individual with mobility, stability, or pain control.

Refer and coordinate care

Collaborate with other musculoskeletal care providers to utilize the various strengths and specializations of other clinicians to provide the best care.

Meet our Chiropractors

Michael Lord, Doctor of Chiropractic

Michael Lord
Doctor of Chiropractic

I believe movement is medicine. I enjoy partnering with patients and educating them about their bodies, tailoring treatments to the individual — whether they are… view full bio

Molica Anderson, Doctor of Chiropractic

Molica Anderson
Doctor of Chiropractic

Everyone should be able to do what they love, and pain shouldn't stop them! I discovered chiropractic during a shoulder injury in the peak of my swimming… view full bio

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