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Inspiring Conversations with Dr. Ryan Nadolski of HealthSource Sport + Spine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Ryan Nadolski.

Hi Dr. Nadolski, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I was raised in a family of medical doctors from my grandfathers to my uncle and saw firsthand how traditional medicine was often limited in its scope and effectiveness in treating benign musculoskeletal complaints. As a young athlete, I suffered from chronic shoulder and elbow pain that often prevented me from competing at my highest level. After being introduced to physical medicine at a young age by my mother, I would often turn to my Doctor of Chiropractic for all things and really got a sense of how most doctors who practice physical medicine were often front line providers for a lot of different conditions that responded favorably to conservative care. This was extremely intriguing to me as someone who had benefited from physical medicine but also because I always knew I wanted to be a physician and often thought of pediatrics or emergency medicine as somewhere I would end up.

After graduating from the University of Kansas, I was accepted early into the Doctorate program at Cleveland University and have not looked back. In my early years of practice, I did my best to soak up as much knowledge and clinical experience with progressive physical medicine, rehabilitation and sports medicine to eventually open up our new clinic with our own very unique approach to health and performance. We are very proud that many of the club team athletes, high school athletes and even some of the higher-level athletes call Healthsource Sport + spine home for a lot of their treatments when necessary. We have been open almost three years now and wouldn’t want to call any other place than Mission our home. We offer a great brand of progressive physical medicine to this community that we believe you can only get with us. I live in this community and often ride my bike to work which is why it is such a pleasure to treat and serve the people here. Most are not just patients but neighbors and friends.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It was a little bumpy at first. When we first decided to open up, I knew I wanted to own the real estate where the practice would reside if I could. Luckily, I found these two great buildings right down the street from me that were not being utilized and offered to buy them. After being hesitant at first, the previous owner agreed to sell to us. We were ecstatic. The only issue was getting the city to approve the split of the lot and the subsequent sale which took forever and nearly ended in a failed purchase. After some negotiating and a city council meeting, the split was approved and the purchase was allowed to move forward. We were the proud new owners of a couple of old historic buildings in the heart of mission that needed a lot of love. Then came construction where we dealt with plumbing, asbestos, and permit delays.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Honestly, what sets us apart from most other practices is our individualized care, our compassion and empathy toward every patient that walks in our door and our ability to treat the whole person regardless of the condition. This starts from the moment a patient enters our clinic. Where essential each patient is its own individual puzzle for us to solve. From this standpoint, our only goal is to finds the right tools for each patient for each individual issue. Since beginning practice, I have worked primarily with post-surgical pain, sports injuries and performance. So naturally, when we began this new location we were trying to create a friendly place for the athlete but also a safe haven for anyone experiencing pain where they could have someone truly listen and empathize with what they were going through. My experience in practice is that the more tools you have to treat an individual issue the better. So whether a patient has experienced trauma in sports or has had a gradual development of symptoms, we have the capacity to deal with the issue. We are proud of our ability to offer a variety of treatments to aid in a patient’s recovery. We utilize a combination of full-body stretching, manipulative therapy, active care exercises, physical therapy modalities to treat most issues in our clinic. However, we often have patients that require more aggressive treatment protocols. Patients with radiculopathy or disc pathologies are very commonplace and we have several therapies that we can focus exclusively on the disc. Our Class IV MLS Laser and spinal decompression machine are tools that have elevated our practice and allow us to treat complicated cases with great efficiency and success. There is no greater joy in life than helping others.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
I think my biggest role model that I could thank along the way would be my mother who has always ingrained in me to always think outside the box when it comes to anything in life. She introduced me to acupuncture and physical medicine when I was very young and taught me that a traditional approach was not always best. She was consistently preaching nutrition, supplements and taking an extremely active role in our own health, I would not have become the holistic practitioner I am today without her influence.

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