Sports Medicine & Osteopathic Manipulation

Musculoskeletal injuries and disorders from sports or exercise are all-too-common problems. At the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine, we emphasize effective, noninvasive solutions.

Our broad expertise in sports medicine and osteopathic manipulation means we use manual pressure in precise ways to alleviate pain and restore function to the body. Noninvasive alternatives to surgeries and medications are considered whenever possible.

Our osteopathic approach addresses the root biomechanical causes of injuries and conditions as well as their symptoms. All body systems are interrelated and dependent upon one another for good health, so we also address nutritional issues, prevention strategies or even evaluate ergonomics for runners, cyclists and other athletes.

We recognize that each person’s needs are unique, which is why we take the time to tailor treatments to the individual.

To make an appointment, call the institute at 714-424-9001.

Our physicians apply the tenets of osteopathic medicine to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all types of illness, disease and injury. We seek to address the root causes of pain, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Facial pain
  • Generalized pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Low back pain
  • Lower extremity pain (hip, knee, ankle and foot)
  • Neck pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Rib and chest wall pain
  • Upper extremity pain (shoulder, arm and hand)

We also specialize in treating sports-related injuries including:

  • Concussion
  • Joint dysfunction
  • Neuromusculoskeletal issues
  • Sciatica

Prolotherapy may be recommended for:

  • Low back pain
  • TMJ
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Carpometacarpal (CMC) joint arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Osgood Schlatter disease

Osteopathic medicine focuses on the whole person rather than a single condition.

Your doctor of osteopathy (DO) will address the relationship of your body’s muscles, nerves, bones and organs in a holistic manner. While we always consider the latest medical evidence and technologies, DOs also focus on the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

In this patient-centered approach, we listen to your concerns and seek to partner with you about your care. Osteopathic-related treatments offered at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine include:

Osteopathic manipulative treatment: This hands-on muscle manipulation technique seeks to improve range of joint motion and balance tissue and muscle mechanics in order to relieve pain. Techniques include stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.

Prolotherapy: This treatment involves the injection of an irritant, such as dextrose, into tender ligaments, tendons and adjacent joint spaces. The technique is commonly used to treat musculoskeletal conditions such as ligament pathology, tendinopathy, fasciopathy and osteoarthritis.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections: This therapy offers a proven, drug-free alternative to treat chronic pain caused by musculoskeletal issues. Injections consist of concentrated platelets prepared from centrifuging a solution of your own whole blood with citrate or other compounds.

Hormone replacement therapy: Depending on your health history and lifestyle, some women may benefit from hormone replacement to relieve menopausal symptoms. We carefully explore the benefits and risks with you individually.

Trigger point injections: TPIs use a local anesthetic or a corticosteroid to treat the painful areas of muscle spasms, typically in the shoulder or upper back, which get knotted up or won’t relax. These knots may be associated with tension headaches and fibromyalgia in addition to muscle pain.

Sports ergonomics: Athletes can reduce their risk of injury and perform more efficiently with a careful study of their ergonomics. By collecting and analyzing this information, we create individually tailored exercise plans for runners, cyclists and other athletes.

The Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine is the only university-affiliated center of its kind in Orange County. Here you benefit from a highly trained staff that has access to the latest research findings and techniques. Our integrative approach means physicians from across the medical spectrum collaborate on your care.

Our osteopathic team is headed by Kim Hecht, DO and Anna Monique Halbeisen, DO.