Dr. Brian Yodice - Chiropractic and Sports Injury Management
Injury keeping you out of the game? No way!
Imagine colliding with another player running full-steam ahead, feeling the impact and immediate pain in your neck, the pain that builds in your knee with every stride as your foot strikes the ground or the pain in your shoulder as you rotate to throw.
Often sports injuries are caused by a traumatic incident or unfortunate situation but overuse and repetitive stress can play a role in injuries. Over time, small tasks done with poor posture can lead to acute and chronic pain, which can result in reduced sports performance, lost practice, training or game time, and ultimately an inability to perform sports tasks. Dr. Yodice is trained in the evaluation and management of soft tissue injuries developed by chronic and repetitive stress injuries.
Dr. Yodice understands the stress and pain patients experience with sports injuries. He will analyze, diagnose, and create an individualized treatment plan for acute or chronic injuries that are holding you down.
There is one goal in mind...get you back in the game!
The best way to deal with an injury is to prevent it altogether.
Although it’s difficult to avoid traumatic injuries, the stronger, more flexible and better balanced you are, the more likely you are to prevent injury. Mobility and stability are the key components to maintaining the health and well being of your musculoskeletal system.
Balanced posture is the foundation.
To maintain good posture, muscles and joints need a balance of mobility, flexibility, strength, and stability. A program designed to restore and maintain this balance will prepare you for the challenges and unexpected moments ahead.
Dr. Yodice is knowledgeable in passive therapeutics, therapeutic exercise, and spinal manipulation the core of chiropractic treatment. The purpose of spinal adjustments is to return the spine to a natural state of health and to reduce pain, muscle spasms, and nerve irritation so you can enjoy your life and sport pain-free.
“You’ll need surgery.” That’s one of the most terrifying phrases you can hear as an athlete.
In addition to all of the typical worries that go along with surgery, what is even more devastating for athletes is it can mean months on the sidelines.
Before you agree to surgery, let Dr. Yodice assess your needs and discuss the conservative treatment options available.
Most “failed” surgeries are due to improper diagnosis, symptoms generating from compensatory injuries or incomplete rehabilitation. Evaluation of an injury involves a thorough examination of the structure and function of the involved area and its effect on the surrounding structures and tissues. Is the area structurally sound? Is alignment good and posture well balanced? How well do the joints move? What is the ROM and flexibility? Are muscles strong and joints stable?
Conservative treatment, your safer option, involves non-invasive techniques designed to decrease pain and inflammation, restore balance, mobility, flexibility, and range of motion. Finally, rebalance posture, retrain muscles, strengthen and stabilize to protect the area from re-injury and create better body alignment for increased performance.
When athletes experience traumatic injury, it's not uncommon that it brings their active competitive lifestyle to a screeching halt. They often feel frustrated and worried that they won't be able to play again. Maybe they'll lose a scholarship, professional financial gains or not meet the goals they have spent weeks, months or even years trying to accomplish.
The greatest passion for Dr. Brian Yodice is bringing athletes suffering the consequences of their injuries back to the performance they are accustomed. He brings compassion and understanding to the treatment he provides because he has experienced his own sports injury.
Dr. Yodice’s experience with Chiropractic started at a young age when he watched his father suffer after he hurt his back. Incapacitated and unable to stand, his father was carried out of the house and brought to the hospital. After medical treatment provided little help, the benefits of Chiropractic allowed him to stand, walk and return to work. When injured playing lacrosse, Dr. Yodice drew on this experience, used Chiropractic to heal his own injury and return to playing lacrosse, soccer and diving with an improved level of health and performance.
Dr. Yodice’s passion for athletics started with gymnastics and soccer at the age of 5, continued through high school with lacrosse and into college as a Division I national regional qualifying diver at Villanova University. Now Dr. Yodice helps his clients, who include young athletes, high school and college amateurs, professionals and weekend warriors, heal their injuries, return to athletic function and a competitive level of performance through Chiropractic.
In practice and coaching since 1999, Dr. Yodice takes from his sports specific training and experience as a Chiropractor, US Diving coach, Empire State Games head coach and Stony Brook University Division I diving coach a practical knowledge to the treatment he provides.
No single approach is the right one for every athlete therefore, Dr. Yodice has been trained in a range of modalities including:
Dr. Yodice’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s of Science Comprehensive from Villanova University, a Doctorate in Chiropractic and Certification as a Chiropractic Sports Physician (Practitioner) from New York Chiropractic College and Certification in Active Release Technique.
Outside of the office, you may catch Dr. Yodice with one of his furry friends at a local coffee shop, car show or swimming, biking and running around Westchester, training for his next triathlon or cycling event.
One week before a very important race I was in extreme pain. I was devastated because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to perform at my best because of or or worse, have to drop out. I was scared because I didn’t know how to fix it or if I was going to get better at all.
Then, I went to see Dr. Yodice. He was incredibly thorough and attentive to my injury. He also identified and addressed other areas where I could improve my strength for better performance. With his help, I was able to fully participate in my race. And that was in one week!
I’m grateful to Dr. Yodice for helping relieve my pain and showing me how I need to train to improve my performance, while maintaining my health. I’ve been so impressed with my progress and physical success and want others to have this same experience. -Hillary S.