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Chiropractic Services

If the musculoskeletal system isn’t aligned properly, your body can’t reach its full potential. At Altru Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, a team of chiropractors offers advanced chiropractic care and treatment for pain, weakness or poor alignment. The team helps athletes and weekend warriors stay well-balanced, aligned and ready for the next challenge. Chiropractic benefits include advanced relief from acute and chronic pain using techniques that are safe, effective and promote the body’s natural healing process.

Altru Orthopedics & Sports Medicine’ chiropractors focus on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, while also caring for individual wellness. The team offers a variety of effective chiropractic treatment options, including core chiropractic care, chiropractic adjustments and spinal manipulation.

Chiropractors may recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, or nutritional, dietary or lifestyle counseling, depending on patients’ needs. Active chiropractic care is available to help individuals find relief from pain and to correct poor alignment. Certain patients may need maintenance care for ongoing management of well-controlled symptoms.

From joint pain to headaches, Altru’s chiropractors provide family chiropractic care for individuals of all ages.

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Conditions Altru Treats

  • Ankle sprains. These injuries occur when a ligament in the ankle stretches too far or tears because of a fall or blow to the joint.
  • Back pain. Often occurring in the low back, back pain affects most people at some point during life and may last a short time or persist for months.
  • Car accidents. These can cause a variety of injuries that may benefit from chiropractic care, including sprains and dislocation.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition occurs due to nerve compression in the wrist and can cause pain or numbness in the arm and hand.
  • Foot or lower leg pain. Causes of these conditions include excess weight, too much standing, injury, poorly fitting shoes, arthritis and plantar fasciitis.
  • Headaches. A common source of acute and chronic pain, headaches occur in several varieties that may benefit from chiropractic care, including tension and migraine headaches.
  • Knee or hip pain. Arthritis and bursitis are common causes of discomfort in these joints.
  • Neck pain. This type of discomfort is common and may occur for a number of reasons, including arthritis or wear and tear of spinal discs in the neck.
  • Shin splints. This painful condition occurs due to inflammation of tissue around the tibia, often after running or another vigorous form of exercise.
  • Shoulder problems. These include arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis and rotator cuff tears, and they can have a significant impact on quality of life.
  • Sports injuries. Athletes of all ages and skill levels have a higher risk for a variety of injuries, such as sprains, shin splints, knee ligament tears and rotator cuff tears in the shoulder.
  • Work injuries. On-the-job injuries may occur due to falls, being struck by equipment or repetitive motions, and chiropractic care may be able to reduce pain and restore function.

Specialized Techniques

Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which chiropractors use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint of the body. The goal of this treatment is to correct structural alignment and improve the body’s physical function.

Dry Needling

This method involves the use of acupuncture needles inserted into areas of tight muscle tissue or knots to decrease pain and increase function. Dry needling engages the body’s self-healing response. It’s effective at treating acute and chronic conditions, including headaches, plantar fasciitis, elbow pain, tendinitis, muscle spasm, scar tissue, sprains and muscle dysfunction.


The Graston Technique is an advanced, soft tissue mobilization method that reduces pain and increases function by using instruments to detect scar tissue that affects muscles, tendons and ligaments. Graston treats scar tissue as well as acute and chronic conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, elbow pain, tendinitis, muscle spasm, sprains and muscle dysfunction.


Cupping is the process of drawing blood to the body’s surface by applying partially evacuated cups to the skin, causing a vacuum. This technique helps to relieve pain, increase blood flow and return the body to normal function.

Altru’s Back & Neck Clinic

Altru’s Back & Neck Clinic provides patients with access to a care team designed to treat acute neck or back pain, resulting in decreased medication use, fewer surgeries, shorter recovery times and lower costs of care.

The multidisciplinary team at Altru’s Back & Neck Clinic consists of a nurse practitioner who specializes in neurosurgery, physical therapists and chiropractors. Patients receive same-day evaluation and a treatment plan from all three providers, each of whom provides evidence-based treatment options. These may include physical therapy, chiropractic care, dry needling or massage therapy.

Appointments may require a referral from your primary care provider. To learn more or to see if you are eligible for an appointment at Altru’s Neck & Back Clinic, please call 701.780.BACK (2225).

Altru’s Chiropractic Services are available through the Sanny & Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention and Genetics. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 701.732.7620 or schedule through MyChart.

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