FAQ 

TOP QUESTIONS WE HEAR FROM PATIENTS
How can I schedule an appointment?

Call us at 419-358-2222 or request an appointment online.  We will respond to your request the next business day.  

 

Do you accept my insurance?

We accept some traditional insurance plans, including Medicare, Workers Compensation, and Personal Injury. Please contact our office to verify acceptance of your plan. Qualifications for insurance coverage may differ due to the uniqueness of each plan.  

 

What should I expect during my first appointment?

Being well-prepared for your appointment will ensure that the doctor has all of the needed information to provide the best possible care for you. It also will help relieve any unnecessary anxiety you may be feeling.

  • We will perform an in-depth consultation where we listen and determine where to start with our evaluation

  • We will do a comprehensive neurological, orthopedic and musculoskeletal evaluation

  • We use that information to qualify you for care in our office and determine the best course of action

  • We communicate exactly what is wrong with you and what we can do to help you with your problem

Educate yourself on your symptoms by reviewing the content on this Web site. Also, take some time to review our staff page and familiarize yourself with Dr. Ellerbrock. We look forward to your first visit.  Please plan on approximately 40 to 60 minutes for your initial evaluation.  Subsequent visits for treatment usually take 15 minutes. 

What happens on a normal visit?

A typical visit to our office for treatment will consist of a brief friendly assessment of how you have felt since your last treatment.  Then you will be tested for sustained progress with a functional test.  Treatment is then provided and you are tested again before leaving to make sure the treatment was in fact effective towards resolving your condition.  The whole process is pretty quick, usually about 15 minutes.  

What kind of treatments are available?

Soft tissue specialists make use of conventional diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, and lab work, as well as specific procedures that involve manipulation (by hand or by instrument) of various parts of the body. Soft tissue specialists are best known for their ability to correct focal areas of damaged tissue, which are called adhesions. Adhesions are the most misdiagnosed and undertreated problems in musculoskeletal healthcare today.  Its a big deal and a large part of an overall plan to manage and relieve pain and many kinds of dysfunction. Our care is focused on three main areas:

  • Therapeutic exercise designed specifically for the patient

  • Lifestyle and nutrition counseling

  • Manual Adhesion Release and Instrument Adhesion Release

 

Why seek out soft tissue care?

When there is something you cannot do, because of pain, numbness, weakness or lack of function, it needs to be addressed.  Dr. Ellerbrock specializes in finding the exact cause of the problem and providing an effective safe approach for resolution.  

What is an adhesion?

An adhesion is a focal area in a muscle, tendon or ligament that has failed to heal properly after being damaged.  The improper healing makes the tissue not as functional as it was prior, and lacks the ability to provide strength and flexibility to the joints of the body.  This can speed up the degeneration and promote more damage to underlying 'hard tissue' structure like spinal disc, nerves and joints.

Does the Treatment hurt?

Depending on the problem, the treatment generally will feel like a 'good hurt' in the sense that you will be getting tissue to move that has been stuck for quite awhile.  

There can be some brief soreness for a few hours following treatment and in rare cases minor superficial bruising.  Most patients report feeling much better immediately following treatment.  

 

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120 N Main St. Suite A

Bluffton, OH 45817

419-358-2222

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