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About Dr. Philip A. O'Brien

Dr. Philip O’Brien arrived from Providence, Rhode Island and settled in the Lehigh Valley in 2008, after receiving his doctoral degree from New York Chiropractic College with an emphasis in management of sports injuries and spinal pain.  Dr. O’Brien attended his residency at the Levittown Health Center in Wantagh, New York, followed by a specialized residency at the prestigious Rhode Island Spine Center with world renowned physician, Dr. Donald R. Murphy, DC.

During his residency, when not examining patients, Dr. O’Brien spent countless hours at the Rhode Island Hospital with fellow residents from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Training included neurosurgery, orthopedics and chronic pain management.  His education also includes training with professionals in the field of athletics such as the team chiropractors for the Pittsburg Steelers and New York Jets, Syracuse University Football Physical Therapy Director,  and the Lake Placid U.S. Olympic Training Center for winter sports.

Dr. O’Brien is also extensively trained in the examination, diagnosis and treatment of spinal disorders and spinal pain as well as sports injury management while he is currently receiving his post doctorate certification in chiropractic sports medicine.  Dr. O’Brien runs a multifunctional clinic  allowing the office to treat a multitude of musculoskeletal complaints from chronic pain to family practice including wellness programs, pediatrics, and sports injuries.

Dr. Philip O’Brien operates a sport, spine and progressive rehabilitation clinic.  Our goal is to alleviate pain, but more importantly, inspire and educate our patients to become active participants in their own well being.

Our approach is to not only focus on your pain, but also to treat the source of pain as compared to the symptoms.  Through this comprehensive and structured approach of joint health, exercise, nutrition, and rehabilitation, we are better able to help patients achieve optimal levels of health and wellness.

We are a patient centered practice where your pain is our first priority.

First Treatment

In your first visit, you will be greeted by our kind and friendly staff.  On our website, we have forms available to download and complete prior to your first visit. Downloading the forms and completing them prior to coming in greatly speeds up the process.  If you choose to come into the office to fill out the paperwork, you should allow yourself at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete paperwork.

Your first treatment includes sitting down with the physician and discussing your problem in a detailed manner.  A review of your past medical history is performed and contraindications (if any) are discussed.  In addition, a review of systems is also performed to discover if there are any other pertinent medical conditions which may be present for which the chiropractic physician will discuss viable treatment options or referral to a specialist in another medical profession.

A full neurological exam is then performed to test the functionality of your nervous system.  Following the neurological exam, an orthopedic exam is performed which will help the doctor diagnose what structures are involved in your condition.  Once this is completed, a more focal exam is conducted in the area of complaint.  This includes a more detailed functional exam, functional assessment tests, examination of muscular patterns, and joint function analysis specific to your condition to further locate which structures are actually causing the discomfort.

Treatment options and frequencies will be discussed so you know up front what is involved in your return to a healthier lifestyle free from pain and discomfort.  Any questions or comments you have can be addressed at this time.  Treatments usually start on the second visit due to the detailed nature of the examination process.

After the first visit, a treatment plan will be constructed specifically to you and your injuries.  Treatment will consist of a variety of procedures performed in our facility specific to your condition.  Treatment options and consistency will be discussed so that you know what to expect as we try to educate our patients to become active participants in the healing process of their complaints.

Treatment Philosophy

Our treatment philosophy is to take a comprehensive approach towards your return to optimal health.  With the multitudes of different conditions we treat on a daily basis, experience dictates that although there are many similarities to treating similar conditions, there is no set protocol that can apply to everyone.  Different patients have different problems with different needs, which mean different treatment options must be implemented specifically to you.  For this reason, every treatment protocol is a custom treatment plan designed specifically for your needs to facilitate your return to a healthier, pain-free lifestyle.

We feel that a holistic approach is the best approach.  In order to render the best treatment possible to return our patients to healthier lifestyle, one has to address the joint motion and function, the attachments to muscles, tendons and ligaments, and how they work synergistically to control normal motion.  Overall, any one of these can result in the overall dysfunction in the body resulting in altered biomechanics and ultimately injury.

Dr. O’Brien is an avid proponents of a functional rehabilitation programs for every patient.  Treating a dysfunctional joint complex or muscular dysfunction and not strengthening the weakened area, or changing the dysfunctional patterns to prevent further damage, will increase your incidence or recurrence.  Most of our patients receive an in office or at home rehabilitation program.

At the office of Dr. Philip O’Brien, we function as a sport, spine and progressive rehabilitation clinic.  Our goal is to not only alleviate pain, but more importantly, inspire and educate our patients to become active participants in their own well being.   

Our approach is to not only focus on your pain, but also to treat the source of pain as compared to the symptoms.  Through this comprehensive and structured approach of joint health, exercise and rehabilitation, we are better able to help patients achieve optimal levels of health and wellness. 

We are a patient centered practice where your pain is our first priority. 

Typical Patient Visit

Each treatment plan is different for each patient .

Once the initial exam is completed, the patient will return for their follow up visit which consists of reviewing your examination findings, what specifically is causing your pain and discomfort, and your specific treatment protocol which will help your achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Depending on your specific treatment protocol, you will receive chiropractic manipulation to address the joint dysfunction.  You will also receive manual therapy which includes highly specific therapies to facilitate the healing process with proprietary treatment methods from a certified practitioner/physician.  Time may be spent with the massage therapist to address muscular issues.  Passive modalities will be used along the way to help control the pain as we progress through your treatment which may include muscular stimulation, ultrasonic therapy, laser therapy, and Kinesiotape® .  Traction/Decompression therapy may also be used.

Once a treatment time is established, treatment visits normally last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.  Consistent treatment is required to guide the body from a state of dysfunction to functional.

As you return to a normal state of biomechanics, treatment times will reduce because less treatment will be needed.

Lastly, as we progress in our treatment, most patients undergo a program progressive functional rehabilitation to strengthen the problematic areas to prevent further or repetitive injuries.  This may include a therapeutic stretching program, core stabilization exercises, or neuro-muscular reconditioning exercises.  Exercises can be performed in our facility either in our office or with Full Circle Training or Multisport Fitness, but many times patients are prescribed a home exercise program.

The treatment philosophy is to educate our patient and inspire them to become active participants in their own well being.  We give you the tools and the knowledge to continue to improve your lifestyle after our treatments are completed.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic Medicine is traditionally known as a health care system based on a scientific fact that your body is a self-healing system.  This health care system focuses on the structure of the body, with the assumption that a body that maintains proper structure will function well.  Basically, the relationship between the structure (the spine) and the function (the nervous system) of the human body may affect the restoration and preservation of health.  “Webster’s Medical Dictionary” defines Chiropractic as “a system of therapy which holds that disease results from a lack of normal nerve function and which employs manipulation and specific adjustments of body structures (spine column and extremity joints).”

That theory has been around in America since 1895, however, in the Greecian Islands, bone setters (the European version of a chiropractic physician) have been practicing their traits for four hundred years.  Over the past century, the field of chiropractic therapies performed by physicians has made tremendous strides alongside their medical counterparts.

There are many different kinds of Chiropractic Physicians much like there are different specialists in the medical field.  Regardless of the subspecialties, Chiropractic Physicians are doctors that specialize in musculo-skeletal complaints which means that if your complaints or issues involve a muscle, ligament, tendon, joint, or joint complex that is the primary cause of your symptoms, then a Chiropractic Physician can most likely help you.

On a daily basis, I commonly treat knee pain, elbow pain, shoulder injuries, headaches, TMJ, sciatica, disc derangements, disc herniations, plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, earaches, Benign Positional Vertigo, Allergy and Asthmatic episodes, and Autism.  The list continues well past the above list, but those are general conditions that are the most common.

If there is a muscle, ligament, tendon, joint, or pain in the spine, many times Chiropractors are heavily trained to treat those injuries.  Since the body is anatomically constructed from muscles, tendons, joints, ligaments and bones, we are, many times, the most qualified to treat these conditions in an effective and conservative manner.  Remember, when visiting your medical doctor for the spinal and muscular pain, they treat the result of the problem and the symptoms you experience.  I often co-manage with medical doctors and will perform the physical medicine while they treat medicinally.  What we experience is that this is the most efficient and fastest way to alleviate the patient’s pain as well as return then to a function state experienced prior to the injury.

"Incredible results in just a few sessions. Dr. Phil was able to assess my struggle and put a plan into action that has been extremely fruitful."

John from Easton, PA