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    Drs. Cates specializes in the evaluation and treatment of injuries and conditions affecting the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

    We develop diagnostic and treatment plans that are intended to clearly identify and resolve your condition as efficiently as possible. A few of the condition we treat are listed below.

  • Spine Conditions

  • Mechanical spine pain (neck, mid and low back)
    Facet syndrome
    Disc herniations - low back and neck
    Spinal stenosis
    Cervical radiculopathy
    Neck pain
    Rib joint pain and dysfunction
    Thoracic outlet syndrome
    Pinched Nerves
    Stable scoliosis 
    Sacroiliac dysfunction

  • Sports Injuries

    Shoulder (rotator cuff) tendonitis
    Tennis and golfer's elbow
    Knee and foot  pain

  • Scar Tissue

    Patellofemoral pain
    Achilles tendonitis
    Plantar Fasciitis

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents

    Strains and sprains
    TMJ Syndrome

  • Work Related Injuries

    Back and neck injuries
    General strains and sprains
    Repetitive strain injuries
    Carpal tunnel syndromes
    Thoracic outlet syndrome

  • Other Regularly Treated Conditions

    Myofascial pain syndromes
    Post surgical joint stiffness and pain
    Temporal-mandibular joint disorders
    Flat feet


  Mainstream or Alternative Medicine?

    Chiropractic is a large and well-established health care profession in the United States and is utilized by a large segment of the population. Many people are unsure if chiropractic medicine is considered mainstream or alternative in nature. Mainstream medicine is widely used and generally scientifically and medically accepted, whereas alternative medicine is used by a small number of believers in lieu of scientifically supported medicine.

   There is no doubt that the chiropractic profession arose as a dubious cure-all alternative health care concept over 100 years ago, but has evolved much over that 100 year span. From that humble and contentious beginning, the profession has found its societal niche in the realm of musculoskeletal care. The West Hartford Group, a think tank consisting of elite chiropractors, notes that chiropractors best serve society as mainstream, patient-centered, evidence-based non-surgical specialist.

   Today, chiropractors are included in the Illinois medical practice act as physicians along with medical and osteopathic doctors. A practitioner must earn a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree from a college accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education. Admission to a chiropractic college requires a minimum 3 to 4 years of undergraduate study, depending on the school. The chiropractic training is a 4-year academic program that includes both classroom work and direct experience caring for patients. Coursework generally includes instruction in the biomedical sciences, as well as in public health and research methods. Some chiropractors pursue postgraduate training and diplomate certification in specialized fields such as orthopedics, neurology, and radiology, which generally takes 4 additional years.

   Science and research have provided a surprising amount of evidence supporting the efficacy of manipulation for many biomechanical conditions. These data have been summarized in the medical literature as systematic reviews and have resulted it the acceptance of chiropractic treatment by the scientific and medical world. As chiropractic has moved into the mainstream, the education of chiropractors has begun to be offered at the University level. The University of Bridgeport has a chiropractic program and the prestigious Odense University currently teaches chiropractic and biomechanics within the medical school itself.

   There are some chiropractors that still maintain an alternative type of practice and patients should be aware of this so that they may knowingly choose between mainstream/evidence-based and alternative types of practitioners. Most chiropractors will gladly provide you with a description of their practice philosophy.  

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About the Author: Dr. Cates is a chiropractor and trained as an orthopedic specialist. He has a masterís degree in biomechanical trauma. His published works include several medical journal articles on quality assurance and standards of care in health care. Dr. Cates work is included in the searchable medical literature available at the National Library of Medicine and National Guideline Clearinghouse. He is also co-author of the low-back systematic review and lead author of the systematic review chapter on thoracic disorders of the profession's best practice guideline text.