Patrick Labelle, DC, CCSP
I know what you’re thinking – “That sounds great doc, but anyone can use words like ‘passion’ and phrases like ‘best care possible.’ Why should I believe you?”
Because it’s the truth.
Still not convinced? Maybe you would be if you understood how my life and my career evolved. Or, if you knew what drove me to become a chiropractor. What if you knew why I chose to specialize in sports injuries and why I think every person should be treated like an athlete?
Let’s find out…
As a kid, I remember my father Guy having to call his chiropractor, Dr. John DeFinney, once a year because of debilitating, sharp lower back pain. He would walk into Dr. DeFinney’s office looking like Quasimodo (a position those of you with sharp lower back pain understand only too well). Then, after a couple of treatments, he would walk out standing tall, like my father again.
To be honest, at the time I didn’t think about chiropractic as a profession. Like many Canadian boys I dreamed of being a professional hockey player. But looking back, something about seeing how chiropractic helped my father must have implanted itself in my mind.
I enjoyed playing all kinds of sports as a kid. In most sports, I was an average athlete. Ice hockey was different. Playing goalie in ice hockey was my life. I played hockey every day of the week (and sometimes more than once a day). Then one day two players fell on top of me while I was trying to make a save. When I got up I couldn’t put any weight on my left leg.
Luckily, Dr. DeFinney was a sports chiropractor. My dad brought me to Dr. Definney’s office right away. Lying face down on the exam table, Dr. DeFinney asked me to lift my leg off of the table. He even repeated the instructions before I could blurt out that I was trying to lift my leg, but I just couldn’t do it.
I had ripped my hamstring almost completely off my pelvis.
It took a couple of months of treatment, but Dr. Definney got me back to playing hockey at a high level – and without surgery! I went on to play Junior B hockey for St Mary’s, ON. That’s one level below where most NHL players are drafted.
Before the end of high school, it was clear that I wasn’t going to make the NHL. My fascination with the human body led me to major in Kinesiology – the study of how the human body moves – at the University of Western Ontario. In the UWO BioMechanics lab, I was introduced to the concept of movement efficiency – AKA functional movement.
As I began to decide on a career path, chiropractic was everything I was looking for. I wanted to help people recover from their sports injuries. I remembered my dad coming home from Dr DeFinney’s office walking straighter. I thought about how it helped me recover from my hamstring tear. I talked to my sister, Natalie, who was already in school to become a chiropractor (obviously these events had an effect on her too).
In August 2000, I moved to Chicago to attend National University of Health Sciences’ doctor of chiropractic program. I was elected the Student Council Athletic Director in 2001. By 2004, I had passed the 4 parts of the National Board Exams and was licensed to practice in Illinois.
For 10 years, I have practiced in Chiropractic offices around the Chicagoland area. But I wasn’t done learning – I’m never done learning! Here are a few of the certifications I’ve picked up along the way:
Board certified chiropractic sports physician (CCSP)
Certified Kinesio taping practitioner (CKTP)
Certified in the functional movement screen (FMS)
Certified in the selective functional movement assessment (SFMA)
Certified in gait analysis and custom orthotics
From 2005-2015 I ran six Chicago Marathons (slowly, I only finished under 4:30 hours one time). I even finished in 2007 when the marathon was cancelled due to extreme heat!
Along the way, I was lucky enough to meet my amazing wife Christina and we added two crazy kids, Elodie and Theodore, to our family.
I’ve had the privilege to be treated by, and to work with, amazing chiropractors, medical doctors and physical therapists. Without their help, I wouldn’t be active at all. They helped me get through at least a dozen injuries. They supported me through the initial painful stages and pushed me to restore normal mobility and body control.
I’ve had the best care possible. I’ve had my injuries treated like a professional athlete. And you should too!
In 2014, I purchased Gutrich Chiropractic and renamed it BioMechanics – Sports Rehabilitation and Chiropractic. I founded BioMechanics with the principle that every patient who walks through our door deserves the best care possible. It doesn’t matter if you’re Lance Briggs or Jane Everyday, we treat you the same way.
Functional movement is the foundation of what we do at BioMechanics.
If you want to move without pain….
If you want to minimize your risk of injuries…
You need efficient, functional movement from your body.
We use reliable, reproducible movement tests to pinpoint the source(s) of your problem. Then we guide you through a treatment plan. Your treatment is individualized not only to your unique problems, but also based upon how your movement and symptoms change from day to day. After your initial treatment, we retest your movement so that we can see what’s improved.
As I said at the start, I have a passion for helping people get past their injuries and return to an active lifestyle. I want you to have the best care possible – the level of care you’d expect if you were a professional athlete!
Since you’ve made it this far, I’ll bet you believe me now.
Yours in health,
Patrick Labelle, DC, CCSP
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