Our team of Wellington, Colorado-based medical professionals can help align treatments to your goals

Medical Services

Most people know what the average primary care provider offers. A place for physicals, basic illnesses, chronic disease management, and wellness care over the whole lifespan. We are happy to provide the traditional option to our patients but are excited to offer a superior method of primary care that will center around the patient’s needs. Our method of healthcare pairs the traditional delivery model with rigorous lifestyle coaching and goal setting to ensure long-lasting health habit change.

We will gladly work with insurance or on a cash basis as needed. Below is a list of services/concerns that are commonly addressed within the family medicine specialty:

  • Routine health maintenance
  • Contraception management
  • Weight management
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Endocrine disorders and symptoms (ie. thyroid or perimenopause)
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Back or joint pain
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Allergies
  • Acute injuries
  • Coughs and colds
  • Nose, throat, and ear infections
  • Skin and nail infections or rashes
  • Abdominal symptoms
  • Urinary tract or sexually transmitted infections

Today’s healthcare model does not emphasize self care. We wait for disease to occur rather than being proactive. At Align Medical Center, we emphasize a lifestyle that optimizes the function of our bodies, inside and out.  Align Medical Center staff pairs with patients to find treatment plans that are both achievable and beneficial. We work with you to set realistic goals for long term health behavior changes. We understand that life has a natural balance and work with each individual to align his or her values with practical interventions.

At Align Medical Center we believe that a person’s health choices are an individual’s to make. We aim to educate and guide but ultimately respect your opinion to make a decision. That is why we offer both a CDC-recommended immunization schedule and the alternative schedule listed below. Feel free to call with more questions.

DOT

Our team of experienced examiners will be here when it is time for an initial or renewal DOT physical. We are NRCME certified and make it easy for you to get in and out. Forms are available on our website. Printing them off and completing them ahead of time can expedite the process. Don’t have a printer? No problem! Show up 15 minutes prior to your appointment to complete the required paperwork. If you have preexisting conditions, please remember that further documentation may be needed for clearance. Please call with questions.

Sports

We are here for your young athletes. No matter the age, we are ready to get your busy family in and out. Any of our providers can assist in a thorough sports participation physical that won’t take up your whole night. Call to schedule today!

General physicals

Whether it be for pre-employment or annual wellness, we are here to help. We are happy to meet the needs of any person, regardless of gender or age. We will gladly provide you with our general physical evaluation forms or complete paperwork brought to the appointment. Please note, at this time we are not performing gynecological exams.

Starting at a young age, women are familiar with the symptoms of hormonal changes. They are often told “It’s normal” or “It will get better”. Although this advice is not wholly untrue, it can make identifying an imbalance more difficult for a woman. In addition, women often feel tolerating unpleasant symptoms is the only option. We are here to tell you there are safe options to treating those pesky symptoms our hormones love to put us through. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BioHRT) has proven to be an effective treatment for optimizing hormone levels in both men and women.

What is bioidentical?

It means it is the same molecule that your body uses. Many of the risks reported from HRT were related to synthetic, non-bioidentical forms of estrogen which caused havoc in womens’ bodies.

How do I know HRT is right for me?

Our specially trained providers are able to make recommendations based on laboratory blood work, physical exam, and in-person interview. Some symptoms that may indicate you are a candidate include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Abnormal weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Cold intolerance
  • Decreased libido
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings

Call for an appointment today and begin the path to a more vital life with hormone optimization!

No one wants to lose the ability to actively enjoy our lives as we age. Whether it be symptoms of depression, anxiety, fatigue, or joint pain, suboptimal testosterone may be a contributing factor. Research has found with a longer life span, less physically demanding lifestyles, and environmental exposure hormones,  our own hormone levels are not remaining adequately high for the lifespan of the average man.

What does low testosterone look like?

  • Increased weight gain
  • Stress intolerance, anger or temper issues
  • Depression
  • Inability to maintain muscle mass
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Decreased libido
  • Erectile issues
  • Fatigue

Call for an appointment today and begin the path to a more vital life with hormone optimization!

Many people are looking for a natural way to decrease pain and promote healing in their bodies. PRP jump starts your body’s natural healing abilities by stimulating healing and cell development in an area of concern. Once you have been seen by our Nurse Practitioner and it has been determined that PRP may be a good option for you, your nurse will draw your blood and spin it down in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. The Nurse Practitioner will then use a diagnostic ultrasound to guide the injection exactly to the area needing to be treated. PRP is usually recommended in a 3 dose series.

Prior to each injection the Nurse Practitioner will educate you on preparation for your injection. This may include dietary changes or withholding medications for a specific timeframe. After the injection the Nurse Practitioner will provide you with discharge instruction that includes restrictions and rehabilitation care.

Read more on the research here.

At Align Medical Center we believe in proving the highest level of care possible. That is why we use ultrasound guidance for our joint injections. Evidence shows that ultrasound-guided injections are the superior method for ensuring proper needle placement. Using this technique can mean the difference between treatment and continued pain. Our injections are always done with the clean “no-touch” technique that is common practice for all orthopedic and sports medicine providers.

Our Nurse Practitioner is trained and certified to perform trigger point injections. She will evaluate you for trigger points (pain causing muscle fibers), and then determine which type of injection is most appropriate for you based on your health history and current medications. She then cleans the area and uses a very small needle to inject the trigger point. Relief is usually instant! This therapy is wonderful for acute patients in severe pain, or for patients with chronic tight and painful muscles. Most patients will receive a series of injections based on the providers recommendations.

Read some research regarding trigger point injections in patients with chronic pain here.

Many have heard of acupuncture and its benefits. Dry needling applies the same tool to a different school of thought. This therapy has been in use since the 70s’ but only recently gained more traction as the body of research has grown, so has its use in the clinical setting. Dry needling has been shown to assist in neuromuscular reeducation, decrease pain and inflammation, and improve ROM. The most exciting part of this therapy is that the results are often seen immediately!

Read more on this therapy here and here.

Chiropractic Care

Our chiropractor is a hands-on adjustor. She utilizes posture analysis, palpation, and functional movements to determine when and where to adjust. She is proficient at Thompson drop technique, diversified, Webster, and can perform activator adjusting.

Dr. Anna adjustmentMany people come to the chiropractor to help maintain their health and wellness. Regular adjustments have helped many people improve their sleep, decrease musculoskeletal pain, and improve athletic performance. Our patients have the option to come to the clinic for wellness-based family care.

After an accident, receiving proper medical care is vital. At AMC we can help with injuries from car accidents, on the job injuries, or weekend warrior injuries. We have access to x-rays, diagnostic ultrasound, a nurse practitioner, chiropractor and a physical therapist all under the same roof. We offer a variety of non-pharmacologic options to manage pain and facilitate healing. We will work with your attorney and insurance policies to get you the care you need.

Support during this special time is so important. Align Medical Center has a Webster Certified Chiropractor on staff. Webster technique is focused on optimizing pelvic alignment during pregnancy to reduce pain, discomfort, and to optimize uterine function.

Athletics can be hard on the body. Keep moving with chiropractic adjustments to decrease pain and restore proper range of motion. Most professional athletes are under care from a chiropractor because they recognize an improvement in their reaction time, comfort, endurance, performance. In addition to caring for athletes, AMC also performs pre-participation physicals.

Our bodies are designed to move! Functional movement screenings are used to detect areas of imbalance in our bodies. We can discover muscles that are weak, tight, overcompensated or not functioning. We then create a targeted exercise plan to restore healthy movement patterns.

Dr. Anna Animal AdjustmentsAnimals can benefit from chiropractic care too! Dr. Anna Murdoch is a trained and licensed animal chiropractor. She trained at Options for Animals in Wellsville, KS. She has been actively adjusting and caring for canine and equine patients in the area for over 4 years. Animal adjustments can help a geriatric animal maintain mobility and function, help heal from disc injuries and improve athletic performance. Ask how you can schedule a consultation and adjustment with Dr. Anna or the office manager.

Physical Therapy

At Align Medical we believe that movement is key to optimal health, however there are a lot of musculoskeletal impairments that can benefit from hands on treatment to improve joint mobility, soft tissue flexibility and improve pain to get you moving again. Our physical therapist focuses on prevention, identification, assessment, minimization, and correction of pain and disability due to acute or prolonged injuries including: 

  • Post surgical care
  • Low-back and neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle strain
  • Joint sprains
  • Hip impingement
  • Patellofemoral syndrome
  • Meniscus injuries
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Tennis or golfers elbow
  • Sciatica

Research shows that a combination of manual therapy in conjunction with exercise leads to the best long term relief of pain, particularly in chronic low back pain. At align medical center, we like to get you moving every session to improve tissue healing, reduce pain and improve joint mobility under 1:1 supervision and guidance. We encourage compliance with exercises to create lifelong systemic changes to your health and wellbeing.

Did you know that 1 in 3 women suffer with pelvic floor dysfunction and 1 in 6 males suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction! Pelvic pain and pelvic floor issues can be debilitating and interfere with the fitness activities you love, your intimate relationships, and even activities such as laughing or sneezing. At AMC we utilize evidence based manual therapy, biofeedback, lifestyle modifications, dry needling and exercise prescription to reach your goals. Typical symptoms that may benefit from pelvic floor PT include: 

  • Pelvic Pain
  • Pain with intercourse or sexual dysfunction
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Urinary urgency and frequency
  • Sensation of incomplete urination
  • decreased urine flow
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Constipation
  • Chronic hip or low back pain
  • Prenatal/postpartum care
  • Pudendal neuralgia
  • Testicular pain

Here is some research on pelvic floor training.

Pregnancy can be such an overwhelming time full of new hormones and lifestyle changes. At Align our physical therapist assists in keeping you moving during this time, may assist in birth prep, educate on labor and delivery and get you set up for return to exercise postpartum. Every pregnant woman should participate in physical activity unless contraindicated, even women who were not previously active are recommended to begin exercise. Don’t know where to start or when you should stop doing certain exercises? Our PT is a prenatal/postpartum exercise specialist who is passionate about getting mommas back to fitness. 

See exercise guidelines during pregnancy here.

As a doctor of physical therapy, we can utilize dry needling as an adjunct to our exercise programming to provide a reset to the problematic tissue. Dry needling is safe, minimally discomforting and often a very effective technique for patients with certain musculoskeletal pain and movement deficits. Dry needling utilizes a dull tipped, thin monofilament needle (similar to acupuncture needle) that penetrates the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points that are inhibiting movement or causing pain. Dry needling has been shown to assist in neuromuscular reeducation, decrease pain and inflammation, and improve ROM.

Therapeutic cupping dates back to 1550 BC with the ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. It has been used to treat pain, inflammation and decreased mobility by improving blood flow and decompressing tissues. At Align Medical Center we utilize cupping as a form of manual therapy to assist in myofascial decompression with movement of both the cups and the patient to improve mobility. Check out this article for more information on how it has helped chronic neck and shoulder pain.

At Align Medical Center our physical therapist can use a variety of interventions to prevent and treat sports-related injuries and keep you participating in your sport as long as possible or get you back as quick as possible. We utilize movement and video analysis to improve running form, sports performance and reduce risk of injuries. which include, but are not limited to, video motion analysis to improve running and sports performance and reduce injuries, pre-participation movement screening, cardiovascular, resistance, endurance, and neuromuscular re-education exercise programs, taping and bracing, sports specific ergonomic and training regimens, manual physical therapy, and orthopaedic physical therapy.

Therapies

Your provider may recommend ultrasound therapy as part of your treatment plan. This modality is commonly used to treat tendonitis, bursitis, joint contractures, muscle strains or ligament injuries. The ultrasound works by heating the tissues on the inside to help reduce pain, increase blood flow and elasticity of the muscles or tendons. Ultrasound may be used in conjunction with stretching and active rehabilitative exercises. Read more on the research here.

Electrical stimulation may be used to help reduce pain, decrease trigger points, or improve muscular function. Small electrode pads are placed on the affected area and then a specific type of current is directed into the tissue. TENS (transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation) can help reduce pain by interrupting pain signals and fatiguing pain fibers in an area. Decreasing trigger points uses an interferential type current to change the firing pattern of an area. Finally, if you are working to regain function of a specific muscle after an injury a NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation)  type therapy can be applied to stimulate that muscle to fire appropriately.

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Both of these exercises are designed to help reduce pain and improve motion in their respective areas of the spine. Traction therapy helps to improve the health of the disc in the lower back by assisting with the restorative process known as imbibition. This is the pumping movement that helps to push waste out of the disc and pull nutrition and hydration in. Cervical traction performs the same imbibition function but can also assist with restoring the healthy curve in the neck. Both of these exercises are performed in an active manner which assists with neuromuscular rehabilitation. Traction can decrease pain, increase range of motion, and decrease muscle spasms.

Trigger point massage is a focused, short massage designed to help increase the elasticity and mobility of specific muscle groups. A trigger point is an area of tight muscle fibers that may be painful to pressure, may refer to another area of the body or may be so chronic that they actually are painless until accurate pressure is applied. These sessions commonly help reduce neck pain, tension headaches, and tightness in the hips and low back. Read more of the research here.

Stretching, so many times people are given the recommendation to “stretch more!” Many people feel that their stretching at home is ineffective and a waste of time. At Align Medical Center we will help assist you through these motions, helping you achieve greater range of motion, looser muscles and better mobility. Assisted stretching may be static or involve PNF stretching, which involves active participation from the patient  and has been shown to be effective for increasing the length of  muscle fibers. Read more of the research here.

At Align Medical Center, our goal is to help you regain function. This means that your exercises and treatments need to be specifically designed to treat your areas of weakness. Following your functional movement assessment with your chiropractor or physical therapist, you will be prescribed exercises to help regain function and strengthen your body to get back to the activities you enjoy. At our clinic we strive to make your exercises simple, engaging, and using minimal equipment so you can continue your therapy at home as well as in the clinic.