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Hello Dr Noah Edvalson,

I'd like to know if the neck and shoulder can benefit from another form of therapy other than massage and trigger point therapy as I have a terrible problem with my left shoulder and the neck on that side also.  Years ago I had a frozen shoulder and I also had either a tendon or a ligament tear so with massage it has slowly gotten better but whenever I am stressed the pain is so incredible it results in me getting a migraine or a migraine with aura.  I would really appreciate any help as the pain has been terrible. I've been able to deal with a lot of pain but just as soon as my muscles are relaxed something happens and my neck and shoulder are tightened and paining badly once again.  I've had Ulna nerve pain before which was excruciating but I did not go to hospital or take strong pain killers which was recommended.  Is there something else I can try please?  I would appreciate any recommendation you can give me.  Thank you for your kind assistance.
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If you had a tear (confirmed by MRI), then you will need more than massage.  If it is a partial tear, you can rehab through it with a good PT.  If there is a full tear, you may need to have an ortho consult.  If you want to speed up a partial tear, you should consider some regenerative injection therapies like <a title="Advanced Prolozone Injection Therapy" href="/index.php/99-therapies/prolozone-injections">Prolozone</a>, prolotherapy, or stem cell injections.  Since the pain is that significant, I suggest you have a team of a PT, chiropractor, orthopod.  This is a good recipe for success.  Find a good ortho that doesn't want to jump to surgery and get another opinion if they do.  

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Dr. Noah Edvalson


As a chiropractor trained at an evidence-based college, I am qualified to answer any musculoskeletal question. This includes questions related to nerves, joints, ligaments, intervertebral discs, tendons, muscles, fascia, etc… In addition, I have further certifications in acupuncture and functional medicine (also known as functional nutrition). This extra training will help me answer concerns about chronic, auto-immune, and degenerative conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Allergies, Asthma, Migraines, and much more. I am not currently the best source for emergency medicine questions or those relating to prescription drug treatments for overt pathologies.


Current owner of Boise Integrated Chiropractic PLLC

American Chiropractic Association American Chiropractic Association - Sports Council

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Graduated Summa Cum Laude as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Western States Chiropractic College. I am a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. I have also completed several courses on Functional nutrition and sports medicine. In addition, I am currently working toward a Naturopathic degree.

Awards and Honors
Valedictorian - Western States Chiropractic College Outstanding Graduate - Western States Chiropractic College Clinical Excellence Award - Western States Chiropractic College

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We see a wide variety of patients from all over Idaho. Many of our patients were injured playing sports, working, or in an auto accident. In addition, I treat many patients that haven't had results with their chronic conditions in other places. These patients present with a multitude of complaints - reflux, chronic halitosis, chronic constipation, fatigue, weight gain, and more. I use natural and proven therapies by treating each patient individually and by offering customized lifestyle, diet, and supplement plans.

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