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'Adjustments are just a piece of the puzzle': Local chiropractor teaches patients how to avoid injury

Name: Dr. Tyler HagenPosition: Owner and clinic director of WestEnd Spine and RehabHis story: Hagen wants to know much more than "where it hurts." He wants to know what sort of activities a patient was involved in prior to the pain. His goal is t...

Dr. Tyler Hagen demonstrates the proper way to bend down using a dowel at a stability workshop Dec. 14 at WestEnd Spine and Rehab in Fargo. Photo credit: Angie Wieck
Dr. Tyler Hagen demonstrates the proper way to bend down using a dowel at a stability workshop Dec. 14 at WestEnd Spine and Rehab in Fargo. Photo credit: Angie Wieck

Name: Dr. Tyler Hagen

Position: Owner and clinic director of WestEnd Spine and Rehab

His story: Hagen wants to know much more than "where it hurts." He wants to know what sort of activities a patient was involved in prior to the pain. His goal is to determine how and why an injury occurred.

He runs patients through a screening process to determine whether the pain is coming from the joint, muscle or nerves. If he determines it is due to poor posture or to how the patient is bending over or picking things up, he teaches patients how to avoid further injury.

"Adjustments are just a piece of the puzzle," he said. "They help you feel better quick, but you need to change what you're doing to achieve better strength and a better long-term outcome."

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Treatment approach: The Moorhead native was inspired to study chiropractic medicine while earning an undergraduate degree in chemistry at Minnesota State University Moorhead. As a four-year starter for the Dragons football team, he spent his fair share of time doing rehab after injuries. Until that point, he thought people only saw a chiropractor to get an adjustment. He learned there could be rehab and educational aspects of the profession as well.

After earning a chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences in Bloomington, Minn., Hagen secured an externship with a sports medicine clinic in Vail, Colo., where he had an opportunity to work with a team of chiropractors, physical therapists and neurologists.

After Vail, he accepted an associate position with a practice in Bellevue, Wash. Hagen said the practice was unique in that it received about 50 percent of its patients from direct medical referrals.

Those experiences helped Hagen develop the treatment approach he uses at his new practice in south Fargo.

He designed the office to include a large, open area for rehab.

"I wanted that big, open room," Hagen said. "When people walk in and see it, they get in the mindset that they'll be doing exercises. They're not going to just come in and get adjusted."

He also uses the space to host monthly stability workshops.

Last month, he taught parents and grandparents how to properly pick up children.

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Hagen's next workshop, which will be at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18., will cover winter sports health. He will host the same workshop at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Courts Plus Community Fitness.

Quote: "I just want to educate people on how to move correctly," he said. "You can take this type of information and go do your regular workout, whether it's BodyPump or Crossfit. That way you can know you're moving correctly and can transition that into increasing your fitness level."

 

BUSINESS PROFILE

What: WestEnd Spine and Rehab

Where: 3575 45th St. S., Suite 112, Fargo

Contact: (701) 639-2430

Online: Follow "WestEnd Spine and Rehab" on Facebook

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Hours: 8 a.m. to noon and 2 to 6 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 8 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.

Angie Wieck is the business editor for The Forum. Email her at awieck@forumcomm.com
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