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Dr. Law - 07/2013

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3DPT Interviews Dr. Law about Chiropractic Care

Dr. Law

  

3DPT: Where are you from and where did you go to Chiropractic School?

Dr. Law: I was born and raised in Magnolia, NJ. Graduated from Sterling High School 1990. Attended Camden County College, Glassboro State and received my doctorate from Parker College of Chiropractic (Dallas, TX) December 1996.

3DPT: Why did you choose to become a chiropractor?

Dr. Law: When I was a junior in high school I was lucky enough to meet an angel (she is now my wife), who helped me stay on the right path. At that time I wasn't quite positive. I would even attend college and thought of a military career. She helped me make an educated decision by researching careers that interested me. At the time my sister was working for a local chiropractor who was nice enough to meet with me and even shadow him at work. I felt inspired and impressed from the start. I knew before I graduated high school that I would be a Doctor of Chiropractic.

3DPT: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Dr. Law: In my free time I enjoy family life and exercise. I married my high school sweetheart, Jennifer, in 1997 and we now have two children: Marin(5) and Grayson(2). We all love anything outdoors. I particularly am involved in CrossFit as my main source of exercise but enjoy cycling and believe it or not yard work. Also known to watch or participate in any sport ever invented.

3DPT: What is your treatment philosophy when working with individuals?

Dr. Law: When working on my patients my primary objective is to do no harm. I believe in a scope of practice. I take an extensive history, physical examination, and either review diagnostic testing or send for images when necessary. I then will design an individual treatment plan or refer to another specialty if needed. As far as manipulation goes I am conservative, integrating laser therapy and active release technique into most treatment plans. I utilize an array of manipulative techniques from percussive instruments to typical "high speed low force manipulation." Ultimately the patients' response to treatment will dictate treatment. Do what works and eliminate what does not work.

3DPT: Can you explain the structures in the back and how they can contribute to pain?

Dr. Law: The primary structures of the back are vertebrae, discs, nerves, and muscles. Vertebrae are the bones of the spine and contribute to pain in several ways: fracture, arthritis, and subluxation are the most common. Subluxation is when one or more vertebrae move out of normal alignment and create pressure on or irritate spinal nerves. This may or may not create pain initially but usually leads to premature degenerative changes and diminishes the body from performing optimally. Subluxation complex is what Chiropractic is founded upon. Discs are the spacers and shock absorbers of the spinal column. Discs are subject to degeneration and trauma. Most common disc ailments are bulging and herniation, both of which create localized pain and potentially "pinch" the spinal cord and/or spinal nerves creating unlimited symptomology. Nerves carry electrical impulses from the brain to all parts of the body. Irritation of a nerve due to trauma or another structure can disrupt the nerve signals and manifest symptoms such a neuritis and radiculitis. There are many muscles of the back and spine. They act to stabilize the spine and provide mobility to all the joints of the back. Most common muscle injuries are strain, spasm, and overuse.

3DPT: As the summer months approach, more of us are migrating outside to work in our yards and gardens. What are the most common complaints or injuries that you see as a result of yard work?

Dr. Law: Other than terribly sore muscles throughout the body from overuse, the most common complaint in my experience has been low back pain. Of course there are several reasons for this. There is tremendous amount of repetitive movements which are involved with yard work. Most tasks involve some form of bending, twisting, and carrying awkward weight. The lumbar spine is susceptible to injury with any of these activities, especially when performed at the same time.

3DPT: Is there any advice that you can offer on how to limit injuries while working outdoors?

Dr. Law: The best advice I can give to limit yard work related injuries is to work smart and practice good form wen bending, lifting, and carrying any objects. Work in short time frames so that you give your body a chance to rest and recover between work days. Most people try to get all work completed in a day or a weekend which essentially means they are vigorously exercising for 12 hours straight. That isn't recommended for elite athletes and is a recipe for disaster.

3DPT: Can exercise, physical therapy, or chiropractic care be used preventatively to ensure proper body mechanics?

Dr. Law: Yes. In my opinion they are all essential for preventing a breakdown of proper biomechanics. It is first important to identify predisposing factors that eventually lead to injury. There are many ways this is achieved. Your doctors of Chiropractic and Physical Therapy will always perform a physical exam on your initial visit. The goal is to identify patterns of instability and/or asymmetry and develop progressive corrective exercises accordingly. In addition, individual joints are check for full range of motion as well as alignment. Any issues discovered are corrected with manipulation, soft tissue techniques, and the use of modalities such as laser, electric stim, and ultrasound.

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