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Don’t live on the sidelines

Sports medicine physician helps local woman to overcome back pain

Fortunately, as Moscow resident Susan Spalinger discovered, you don’t have to live with the pain. Our sports medicine physician, Dr. Jacob Christensen, can get you back to being pain-free and performing at your peak.

Dr. Christensen joined the Gritman|Moscow Family Medicine team last fall, and in addition to seeing patients at QuickCare and Moscow Family Medicine, he now leads our new Sports Medicine Clinic.

Jacob Christensen, DO

Dr. Jacob Christensen

He has dedicated his career to sports medicine and is ready to treat a variety of injuries and conditions, ranging from musculoskeletal injuries to hip, back and neck pain to concussions. He treated top NCAA athletes while he completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of New Mexico, and he now serves as a team physician for University of Idaho Vandal Athletics.

Susan was introduced to Dr. Christensen when she visited our QuickCare clinic looking for relief from lower back pain that had been bothering her for a couple of weeks. The pain had progressed to the point that it was difficult to even sit or breathe.

Dr. Christensen was just the physician she needed to see.

Dr. Christensen is a D.O., or a doctor of osteopathic medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes overall health and the relation among the body’s nerves, muscles, bones and organs. D.O.s base diagnosis and treatment on the idea that the body’s systems are interconnected. Instead of treating specific symptoms or illnesses, D.O.s regard and treat the body as an integrated whole. Osteopathic physicians must complete basic medical education from an accredited college of osteopathic medicine, and Like M.D.s, D.O.s must pass a state medical board examination to obtain a license. 

“He fixed me that day. When I walked out of his office I realized I could breathe freely again,”

After a thorough exam, Dr. Christensen pinpointed the source of Susan’s pain and discussed treatment options, like osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT), which involves hands-on manipulation of bones and muscles to help ease pain and promote healing. Susan opted for OMT, and the results were immediate.

“He fixed me that day. When I walked out of his office I realized I could breathe freely again,” Susan said. “It was a pretty dramatic change, just going there and coming out.”

After a second round of OMT the following week, Susan has remained pain-free.

“It was one of those situations where until it is fixed, you don’t realize just how much it is affecting you,” Susan said. “Dr. Christensen really, really helped. He is a great asset to Gritman and the community.”

Whether you are slowed by an injury, needing a sports physical or looking to begin a new training regiment, and no matter your age or skill level, Dr. Christensen and our Sports Medicine Clinic are here for you. The clinic offers and treats:

  •         Non-operative treatment of sports injuries
  •         Ultrasound-guided injections
  •         Adolescent and teen wellness exams with sports physicals
  •         Acute musculoskeletal injuries (ankle sprains, shoulder strains, fractures, etc.)
  •         Overuse injuries (rotator cuff issues, tendinitis/tendinosis, stress fractures)
  •         Hip pain
  •         Acute back pain and neck pain
  •         Concussions
  •         Injury prevention
  •         Exercise prescription
  •         Return to play/exercise issues in sick or injured patients
  •         Care of athletes with medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, pregnancy, etc.
  •         Over-training and energy deficiency issues
  •         Osteopathic manipulative therapy

No referrals are required. Call 208-882-2011 to schedule an appointment or for more information.  gritman.org/sportsmedicine