Condition of the Month

  • Can we predict your next injury?

    A couple of years ago I attended a weeklong sports medicine conference at Duke University, and while it all was very impactful, the most memorable session involved a heated discussion on predicting injuries. Can we truly recognize when someone is likely to get hurt?

    This is a HUGE idea, and yet no one in the health-care industry ever talks about this. As you probably know too well, doctors typically are in a reactionary state—you go in when you already have pain. But what if they could warn you BEFORE that injury happened?

    We do know that the No. 1 predictor of injury is previous injury. If your low back has been injured before, it will likely get injured again. But what other factors could help predict injury?

    In other forms of medicine, such as cardiology, doctors check cholesterol, blood pressure and EKG results to understand your heart health. We here at Bio-mechanics of Las Vegas have a method to do this for your body’s movement system. It’s not expensive, and it only takes 30 minutes.

    From that talk at Duke, I was able to identify a set of simple tests that we can use to predict your next injury. The basis of the program is Move2Perform, and I’m not aware of any other clinic in Las Vegas that uses this software. It allows us to compare your results with more than 30,000 other people, factoring in things like age and activity level. That’s a huge sampling, and it makes the testing very accurate.

    At the end of the test you get a printed report. Here’s an example, click the image below to see a complete sample:

    Click to see a copy of the report

    Just like an annual physical or your six-month dental checkup, you need a movement checkup—one that is capable of predicting your next injury. You should do this every six months, or if you are very active, like a competitive runner or someone who plays basketball every week, then quarterly testing is advised.

    We use this test on all of the clients in our gym, BOOM 702. In fact, we test every member and then design our workout warm-ups based on the limitations we see. We also did this with the Henderson Fire Department, running injury-prediction tests on every cadet in its last academy.


    When we tested a girls soccer team, we identified two girls who were at high risk for ACL tears, and perhaps saved their season by prescribing the right exercises to counteract their movement issues.

    Injury-prediction testing is a very powerful tool, and whether your New Year’s goal is to get in shape or run a marathon, sign up today to get tested. Make 2015 the first year in a long time that you will not NOT have pain again. 

    Live pain free,

    Dr. Josh Satterlee, DC
    Chiropractic Physician

    Certified Titleist Performance Institute Medical Provider
    Instructor, North American Sports Medicine Institute

  • The fitness culture of Minneapolis, where even construction workers take part
    I just returned from Minneapolis, where I taught a course on functional movements to a group of 52 physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers and other medical professionals. Jennifer and Brian, the soft-tissue specialists at Biomechanics of Las Vegas, also went to the conference to further our team’s ability to deliver the best approach to sports injury.
    We were wildly impressed by Minneapolis, partly because it’s an incredibly “fit” city. We saw cyclists and runners getting in their miles, and nobody seemed to let the cold slow them down.
    The most shocking thing came on Friday night. After we had dinner and talked shop with all the course instructors, we walked through the Mall of America as it was closing and saw about 20 construction workers preparing for the nightshift. They stood there in their hard hats, reflective vests and safety glasses, talking about the night’s projects, when suddenly they started doing warm-up exercises. There, in the middle of a mall, a group of gruff guys with drywall dust on their shirts started touching their toes and hula-hooping with their hips.
    We were so impressed that we chased down the lead worker and talked with him for a minute. He told us that EVERY job his company performs starts with a warm-up, plus post-lunch sessions, and it’s made a huge difference in reducing injuries.
    The most impressive part of this is the cultural shift that had to occur. It stuck with me that if you could get a group of graveyard-shift construction workers to warm up, think of the other small changes we could make in the world.
    From that moment, we really gave some thought to this. And we’ve come back home to Biomechanics hoping to use this inspiration to start building the best Injury Assessment and Rehab program in the world.
    Keep an eye out for more inspirations! We are very excited. The future is bright!

    Dedicated to your health,

    Dr. Josh Satterlee, DC
    Chiropractic Physician

    Certified Titleist Performance Institute Medical Provider
    Instructor, North American Sports Medicine Institute