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Dr. Ratcliffe is the clinic director and an expert in conservative neuro-muscular treatment. He is a local, and attended University of Maryland before going to grad school. He is the only physician in the area who is a Chiropractor and also holds a Diplomate in Rehabilitation as well as Diplomate in Clinical Nutrition and is certified in functional medicine. Dr. Ratcliffe has extensive training in rehabilitation, clinical neurology, and functional medicine.
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When dealing with pain or injuries it is important to have them addressed in the most sophisticated way, taking the whole person into consideration. Pharmacology is far too often the only strategy employed for relief of pain. Chiropractic treatment helps address this issue. It is also important to recognize that people in pain are not the only individuals who should seek chiropractic in Sterling. The benefits of chiropractic care can be realized for many people who have a variety of health conditions. I think most of my patients consider themselves to be healthy, but they continue to use chiropractic care. The daily stresses of work and home life grind away at us and the stress that accumulates is greater than anyone thinks. Regular chiropractic adjustments can restore and help to reduce the stress on your body.
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We now offer a variety of new Regenerative therapies for our patients.
As the clinic director, Dr. Ratcliffe is one of the area’s only specialists who holds a Diplomate in Rehabilitation and is also a practicing Chiropractor. This additional Board Certification and extensive training sets Dr. Ratcliffe apart in the Northern Virginia area as a leader in rehabilitation. Dr. Ratcliffe takes special interest in treatment tailored for women including issues of spine pain, metabolic syndrome, weight management issues, fitness, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and headaches. As a trusted and respected clinician among other rehabilitation specialists including orthopedists, physical therapists, and Chiropractors, Dr. Ratcliffe receives referrals from primary care doctors, physical therapists, neurologists, and neuro-surgeons.
Chiropractic is a profession within the health care field that deals with the neuro-musculoskeletal system of the human body. A doctor of chiropractic will diagnose, treat, and prevent injuries and disorders of the nerves, muscles and bones. While a chiropractor will diagnose and treat these resultant injuries and disorders, the main objective of the chiropractor is removal of nerve interference to allow the body to heal itself without invasive procedures and/or drugs. As would be the case with any other field of care, patients who seek the care of a chiropractor will get a thorough consultation including history and examination of their major complaint. After considering possible causes of the patients’ condition, a diagnosis is established and a treatment plan is created. Should a patient require treatment outside the scope of chiropractic care, they are referred to the appropriate medical specialist.
As the science of chiropractic has evolved so have the techniques used within its practice. Common treatment methods have grown to include nutritional counseling, orthotics, lifestyle modification / exercise programs and physical rehabilitation programs. While these adjunctive treatments are certainly beneficial, spinal and joint manipulation remains the primary and most effective mode of treatment by the doctor of chiropractic.
As the clinic director, Dr. Ratcliffe is one of the area’s only specialists who holds a Diplomate in Rehabilitation and is also a practicing Chiropractor. This additional Board Certification and extensive training sets Dr. Ratcliffe apart in the Northern Virginia area as a leader in rehabilitation.