We’re officially blogging! I’m new to this, so bear with me. My name is Dr. Todd Peterson. I’m a chiropractor by trade, but in practice I try to be more of a teacher to help people understand and eliminate pain. I think the way to be the best chiropractor is to utilize it in combination with other methods of treatment that prove to be the most effective. We had a nice write up last year in Voyage Chicago that helped explain my background and approach to treating my patients.
As the West Loop’s only clinician certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, my specialty is mechanical pain - meaning any pains arising from the body. This includes it’s joints, muscles, connective tissues, or nerves. Most body pains - back pain, neck pain, joint pains, muscle pains, nerve pains, are mechanical in nature. But we'll talk more about that in a future post.
I got into this chiropractic stuff after a long history playing football. I took a couple lumps but luckily came out mostly unscathed. However, the time spent training to avoid injury and working to recover from the few I had, piqued my interest in the human body. I spent my collegiate career at the University of Nebraska, earning Academic All-American honors while getting a degree in Nutrition and Health Sciences. I had the honor to put on the uniform of the Jacksonville Jaguars as an NFL free agent before I was forced into early retirement and went back to chiropractic school.
So why is this blog worth your time? Well, these mechanical pains affect almost everyone. Do you know anyone that hasn't had back, neck, shoulder, or knee pain in their life? Probably not anyone in their 30's and beyond. And, unfortunately, the information out there is mixed at best. We’re going to use this forum to share everything from the exercises we prescribe to patients, to the things you need to know when you are talking with your doctor about options for your treatments in your journey to eliminating pain.