A Hello Ridgefield Story
By Cindie L.
Ridgefield Sports Medicine opened recently. When they joined the Hello Ridgefield Community & Business Guide, the owner, Dr. Betsy Pulick, invited our team to come in and tour the new facility. I jumped at the chance. Below is my story about it... (Read to the bottom for a one year later UPDATE)
FIRST, WHY DID I JUMP AT THE CHANCE TO VISIT?
A little back-story on me first: after a car accident, and a bad ski fall when I was in my 20's, I have suffered with neck and shoulder pain, not to mention severe TMJ from just the stress of life! I did visit a chiropractor for a while, tried massage therapy too, but after little-relief, I finally just gave up and have suffered through the pain.
I started a new exercise program about 6 months ago, and my neck and shoulder pain flared up again. That's why when I heard about Ridgefield Sports Medicine opening, I was interested in learning more. I was curious to see what they offer. And what sets them apart from other places.
RSM is located at 159 Danbury Road (that's the new building next to the Enchanted Garden, and the Rec Center). It's a convenient spot to get to from any part of town, with plenty of parking.
Inside I was greeted warmly by Dr. Betsy Pulick, who is the owner and a treating physician at Ridgefield Sports Medicine.
It's a bright, modern facility that feels clean and welcoming.
I chatted with Dr. Pulick - she has an impressive background. She graduated from Long Island University and obtained her Doctorate from the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic. And she is certified in both Faktr, Graston and Rock Tape. She also completed the McMasters, Medical Acupuncture course in Hamilton, Ontario.
Her philosophy is that combining various sports medicine modalities, helps people recover quickly from and also prevents future injuries.
After our chat, Dr. Pulick gave me a tour of the facility.
There's a bright, sunny PT room, a few treatment rooms, a room where she does the Webster Technique, for pregnant women; and also a room containing a machine called a "Triton" - which is used for Spinal Decompression Therapy. You can read more about this pretty incredible therapy here.
After the tour, Dr. Pulick said she'd take a look at my neck, shoulders & TMJ issues. She was extremely thorough going over my medical history and listening to my complaints. Very empathetic and easy to talk to. I felt comfortable right away.
She addressed my issues with a combination of treatments: medical acupuncture, soft tissue work, chiropractic adjustments, and my favorite part - the cold low-level laser!
I felt amazing after all of that. My shoulders were loose, and my neck and jaw felt much more relaxed. What I really loved as well is that she put together a "homework" plan for me... exercises to do daily that will help strengthen my trouble areas. She also offers nutritional direction after reviewing your recent CBC panel from your physician.
Two big THUMBS UP for Ridgefield Sports Medicine!
I didn't expect instant relief from one visit (and honestly, I was surprised at the amount of relief I DID get from just one visit), but I know it's not magic, and will take more visits. But what I really love is that Dr. Pulick's "game-plan" for me is approximately 4 weeks of 2x weekly treatments. And then visits only when I need it. Unlike some other options I have tried in the past which were on-going treatments; her technique of using multiple modalities, for quicker relief; in my opinion, is a great one.
As she explained, using a combination of soft tissue techniques, medical acupuncture and joint manipulation; means treatment isn't long-term. Instead the combination of techniques helps recovery happen quicker.
Also, I love that RSM doesn't just treat elite athletes (although they do have some pretty impressive ones who visit them regularly!)... They treat everyone; from pregnant mothers, to babies, to middle-aged moms (like me), to athletes, to geriatric patients.
Here's a list of some of the treatments they use:
RSModalities, Treatments & Services
Active Release Technique
Webster Technique, (Pregnancy care)
FDA Approved Laser Treatments
Soft Tissue Technique
UPDATE: One year LATER and my shoulders are pain free! After I wrote this story, I was treated by Dr. Betsy Pulick once a week, for about 8 weeks, and the relief was amazing. Her combination of using acupuncture, laser treatments, sending me home with exercises, and other techniques; that was the key to helping me recuperate!
For more information on RSM,
visit their website here.
Ridgefield Sports Medicine
159 Danbury Road, Suite 105
Ridgefield, CT 06877