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Welcome from Dr. Shifreen

Welcome to the practice of Steven C. Shifreen, M.D., and Julie W. Shifreen in M.A., RPT. The Premier Manual Medicine Practice in the State of Connecticut.

Our practice specializes in the non-surgical treatment of musculo-skeletal pain including headache, TMJ, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, hand pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, and foot pain.

Our practice is unique, and holistic. Once a patient in our practice, we will make dietary recommendations, screen for dietary and vitamin deficiency, screen for underlying medical problems, including arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease, and, after consultation, provide a treatment plan which may include dietary supplements, medication, exercise, or hands on manual therapy, primarily Osteopathic Manipulative Technique (OMT), and possibly Regenerative Injection Therapy, also known as prolotherapy.

We will also evaluate your shoe gear, and your vision status, including your current eyeglass prescription, if you currently use corrective lenses.

We are interested in evaluating patient’s who have undergone Lasik surgery, especially those patients that were treated with monovision (one eye corrected for near vision, the other eye corrected for distance vision).

Finally we will provide an appropriate home exercise program, not only for strengthening, and cardiovascular health, but also for general mobility, flexibility, as well as a directed program to correct any specific mobility restrictions that we may find.

Our manipulative techniques are very gentle and include cranio-sacral therapy, muscle energy technique, myofascial release technique, neurofascial release technique, functional technique, and counterstrain.

After significant trauma, or after prolonged use, our ligaments and tendons may become frayed and lax. This can result in arthritis, chronically shortened or “tight” muscles (muscle spasm), and trigger points or tender points, located in the ligaments, tendons, or muscles. This condition does not show up on x-rays, MRI, or CT scans. Normal tendon, ligament, and muscle, is never tender. If these structures are tender to palpation, they are dysfunctional. This condition can only be diagnosed clinically, and is best treated with Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) also known as prolotherapy.

Prolotherapy is an injection technique which utilizes a pro-inflammatory solution, usually glucose, which activates and enhances the bodies natural healing mechanism. This is in contrast to the current practice of prescribing anti-inflammatory medications and/or cortisone injections, which, while reducing inflammation and pain in the short-term, actually weaken tissue and prolong healing in the long-term.

Excessive use of cortisone can result in disastrous outcomes including complete tears of tendons and ligaments, as well as arthritis and aseptic necrosis (dissolving bone tissue) in joints.

To learn more, or to arrange a consultation, please contact us through this web site, or at 860-570-3400.

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