What to Expect
Here at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic, we’ve revamped the healthcare and rehabilitation process by providing a clinic where your musculoskeletal needs are met all in one place. We’ve created a truly unique environment where physical therapy and chiropractic care combine. Our goal has been to change the face of healthcare and make sure you are getting the best care for your time and money. At each of our clinics, with every one of our doctors, you can expect a one-on-one appointment with your provider every time, from your initial visit to your final appointment. From the moment you walk into our clinic, you’ll notice we’re a group with personality that is devoted to helping you reach your goals while allowing you a space to be yourself. We pride ourselves on working with you to become a part of our F.I.T. family.
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Your first visit to our physical therapists in Kansas City will consist of an initial consultation and examination. We will take a full history of your condition and discuss your concerns. As we work through your case, we take into consideration who you are as a person: your unique musculoskeletal issues, your needs, your lifestyle, and your goals. We then take you through a series of functional movement screens, muscle testing, joint range of motion assessments, orthopedic screens, neurological examination and more, all used to better guide us as we develop your treatment plan. We're set on getting you back to life, not just getting you out of pain.
Our physical therapists will explain the findings of your examination in terminology that is easy to understand and relates to your specific case. We include information that may be contributing to the problem and inform you of the course of treatment, as well as what we can provide you. Your doctor will work with you to set short-term and long-term goals and give you realistic expectations regarding your treatment plan.
Your first few visits will be based around reducing and managing your symptoms. This often involves education about muscular imbalances, movement pattern alterations, and habit modifications. Most of the treatment interventions we provide in the beginning stages are aimed at pain management. Our physical therapists' goals in this phase are to reduce the intensity, frequency, and duration of your pain and/or symptoms to provide you with relief throughout your day and allow further interventions a chance for successful implementation. This phase can last anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks depending on your condition.
Once we have been able to reduce or eliminate your pain, our goals shift to restoration and improvement of function. These new goals may be based around work duties, activities of daily living, recreational activities, exercise, competition, or overall performance. Pain may go away quickly, however, the dysfunctions that caused the symptoms often remain; research shows that it takes a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks for lasting neurologic change and tissue adaption. We must recover normal range or motion, strength, endurance, and tissue quality to ensure full and lasting recovery. If treatment is abandoned too soon, the likelihood of injury recurrence increases significantly.
At F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic, you will be taken through some form of rehabilitation exercises at each appointment with your doctor. Our Kansas City physical therapists utilize exercises such as DNS and functional movements to complement the hands on soft tissue therapy provided by your therapist. This assists in permanence of tissue and neurological adaptation. We will equip you with exercises you can do on your own to continue maintaining stability long after your injury has been rehabilitated to limit your reliance on us.
Once full recovery of function has been reached, we can transition to maintenance care to prevent recurrences, catch dysfunction quickly and early, and keep you moving well. We are always available for your continued care whether dealing with re-injury or a new injury. We want to be a forever resource for you! Consistent check-ins with our physical therapists can help keep those little aches from turning into big pains.
I wish I could give F.I.T. more than 5 stars! From the moment I walked into their office, I felt supported and heard. They took time to listen to my experiences, and then thoroughly evaluated me before being spot-on with a diagnosis - which was confirmed by an MRI. My therapist is gentle, yet incredibly firm with her manipulations and exercises. She is compassionate and supportive with me as I work to build strength and flexibility in my back and hip. I cannot say enough about how professional, kind, and personable everyone is at F.I.T.!!
Jim and the staff are awesome! I’m a baseball coach and was having some back issues due to throwing about 1000 batting practice pitches a week. Back is definitely better and Jim was the first Chiropractor that I’ve met that actually understands the biomechanics of throwing so his training is way above average!
For months, whenever I'd exercise I'd have frustrating knee pain that was causing me to never finish a workout. I was impressed with how Dr. Allison really took the time to understand my symptoms and put me on a plan to recovery. After our first appointment, not only was I relieved that I had someone dedicated to my recovery, but I noticed considerable results after that first session. Within a few weeks I was back to my regular amounts of exercise. What was of particular value to me was not only did my pain get resolved, but I had the knowledge and specific exercises to keep the injury from returning.
Dr. Aaron is great! I was originally referred to him for helping reduce my migraines and tension headaches after their frequency and intensity had spiked dramatically. Dr. Aaron developed a treatment plan which consisted of chiropractic care and soft tissue work, as well as a number of changes and exercises which I work on in my own time. Overall, working with Dr. Aaron has helped to reduce my number of migraines and tension headaches as well as lower their intensity. I would highly recommend Dr. Aaron!
The whole staff at F.I.T is friendly, welcoming, and professional. Bridgette is an extremely knowledgeable PT and has helped me tremendously in recovering from a discectomy. Michael is an amazing chiropractor with so much patience and positivity — it’s clear he’s very passionate about helping people and he really knows what he’s doing. You will be in great hands with anyone on the team at F.I.T. 100% recommend!