Gold Medal Care

Pain-free laser therapy alleviates pain, restores mobility.

The phenomenal success that 12-year-old Jayla Hoeck has experienced as a gymnast can best be measured by taking stock of what adorns the walls of her bedroom.

On one is a small shelf overcrowded with trophies and a curtain rod from which hang dozens of gold, silver and bronze medals tied to satin ribbons. On another is a small coat rack that, like the curtain rod it’s adjacent to, holds dozens of medals.

“I counted them all, and I have more than 150 medals overall,” says Jayla, who dreams of competing in college or maybe even the Olympics. And well she could. As a Level 8 gymnast, she’s already on the brink of mastering the skills needed to compete in the Olympic Trials.

Of course, it’s not just ribbons, medals and trophies that Jayla has to show for her hard work in gymnastics. She’s earned a few bumps and bruises along the way. Unfortunately, one of the most severe came while celebrating a gold-medal performance.

“It was after her Level 5 meet, which was held in Orlando about two years ago,” recalls Jayla’s mother, Shawna. “The parents had all gotten rooms at the big Marriott hotel there, and after the meet was over, we had a pizza party out by the pool. The kids were acting all crazy and having a good time, but at some point, Jayla slipped on the steps going up to one of the big slides they have there. She missed the step and tripped, landing on her left knee.

“It was a pretty bad fall because, at first, we thought she had broken her kneecap. When she fell, all her weight went right on that knee and she was in a lot of pain. As soon as we got home the next day, I took her to Injury Health Center.”

Jayla Hoeck

One-Stop Shop

With offices in Daytona Beach, Sanford and Orlando, Injury Health Center is a comprehensive pain-management provider that offers not only standard chiropractic care, but also a vast assortment of pain-relief services.

“We do standard chiropractic adjustments, of course, but we also offer our patients a great number of other modalities that complement those adjustments,” says Stacy Hudock Proscia, DC, of Injury Health Center.

“The chiropractic adjustment and getting the nervous system back on track is at the heart of what we do, but we also treat muscles, tendons and ligaments, which the bones are connected to. We’re pretty much a full-scope, one-stop shop.”

This one-stop shop is one that Shawna is quite familiar with. She worked there many years ago before starting her family. She returns whenever Jayla or her other daughter, age 6, require care. Which is rather often.

“I need bubble wrap for my kids,” Shawna says with a chuckle. “But I also believe that, just like vehicles need maintenance, our bodies need maintenance to continue running as well as they can, and chiropractic adjustments keep everything aligned properly.

“When this whole thing with Jayla’s knee happened, I called Injury Health Center right away, and they said, Absolutely, bring her right in and we’ll check her out. There was no hesitation at all.

“The other thing I really appreciate about them is that they’re amazing with kids, truly amazing. My kids are very comfortable going there, so anytime something happens or they’re not quite feeling right, they’ll say, Mom, can you please make an appointment?”

Jayla’s visit just two days after her fall resulted in a thorough examination of her knee, which produced some good news. After looking at x-rays of the knee, the doctors determined Jayla had simply suffered a bad bruise.

Time was of the essence because Jayla’s Level 6 training season was beginning right away. To expedite her recovery, the team at Injury Health Center suggested treating her with
the Class IV Aspen Laser, and Jayla and Shawna agreed.

“Great Results”

The Class IV Aspen Laser is a deep-tissue, therapeutic, pain-relief tool that uses specific wavelengths of red and near-infrared light to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal at the cellular level.

“It bypasses the skin and goes right down into the cell and into the mitochondria, which is the powerhouse of the cell,” instructs Amber-Veta Ball, DC, of Injury Health Center.

“The mitochondria is what gives us energy. It’s what helps us move and helps cells regenerate, and by reaching that level, the laser helps the area that we’re treating heal faster because it helps the body create new cells faster.”

“I’m so thankful that we have Injury Health Center… Whenever something happens, I call them immediately.” –Shawna

Treatments with the Class IV Aspen Laser are noninvasive and painless. It works by prompting the release of nitric oxide, which reduces swelling, promotes rapid healing and alleviates discomfort while increasing blood circulation.

“We use the Class IV laser to treat muscle sprains and strains, even tendonitis,” Dr. Ball adds. “We’ve also seen great results using it on patients with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. It does very well with some of the inflammatory processes.

“We see a lot of car accident patients here, many of whom come in with whiplash, which is basically a tearing of the tendons and muscles. We use the Class IV laser on those patients as well. We usually see them about three times a week, and we get great results.”

Jayla got tremendous results from her Class IV laser therapy. After about a half-dozen treatments – each lasting about three to 10 minutes – her knee pain was gone, and she regained the strength necessary to resume her gymnastics training.

“I think it cut her recovery time in half,” Shawna says. “She wound up missing a little bit of time with gymnastics but pretty much went straight into her Level 6 training.

“That’s why I’m so thankful that we have Injury Health Center. They do a great job of getting us in quickly whenever something is urgent. That’s why whenever something happens, I call them immediately. Like I said, they’re just great, and I recommend them to anyone.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photos courtesy of Shawna Hoeck. JS
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