DNS: What Does It Treat?
Brad Muse 0:10
Okay. Let’s talk about what conditions DNS treats or what kind of conditions could it be useful for. Now, if we were to sit here and talk about each and every condition that we could utilize DNS here in the office to address, we may be here for a while. So, I think the better way to go about this would be to talk more about what are the goals of DNS.
Ben Kraft 0:33
Yes. DNS is kind of a lens to look at our locomotor system or how we move our bodies. We can, essentially, run through that DNS exam that Brad talked about last week and analyze your movement patterns and how you use your body. The vast majority of things that come in here are mechanical issues, it’s not like a traumatic, a car accident, or somebody came up and hit you with a bat and your back hurts.
Brad Muse 1:03
That happens often.
Ben Kraft 1:04
Yeah. It’s something you do to yourself. So, we can take that DNS exam and kind of figure out why you’re overloading certain joints, or why certain muscles are tight, and give you corrective exercises to kind of shut those off and restore centration to the joint.
Brad Muse 1:21
Right. Or like a neutral position of the joint where all the muscles around that joint can co-activate and stabilize the joint. So, I would say, when we talked about different diagnoses, whether it be jumper’s knee, medial epicondylitis, stenosis, whatever it may be, I would label those as the ‘what.’ People come in wanting a diagnosis, the actual diagnosis would be the ‘what.’ Now, what DNS does, I think that more so approach is the ‘why.’ Because, oftentimes, it’s pretty easy to get the what, you can get an image, you can go to your orthopedic physician, they’ll do their different orthopedic tests to determine what structure is at play, but that’s such a small part when it comes to the actual management of these cases because, for the most part, you can probably use Dr. Google and figure out, “Well, I have inside the elbow pain, what could it be?” So, you can figure out your ‘what’ or your diagnosis, what DNS does is give us more of a lens into the underlying reasons why this condition may have developed. Because, if we only focus on the diagnosis itself, well then, we may just go down the rabbit hole of prescription of different medications, or passive therapies that may be good for that specific condition. But, oftentimes, therapy that is only focused on the diagnosis itself are more often not just going to provide a bandaid for the situation, DNS gives us this lens where we can look at human function, and then we can determine what are some of the key dysfunctions in the system that may have led to your medial elbow pain, your knee pain, your stenosis, whatever it may be. So, once again, to tie this up in a bow, DNS, in a way, could treat just about any condition that comes in the office outside of some kind of insidious or like cancerous lesions or stuff like that. We’re not treating cancer with DNS, but any sort of musculoskeletal condition that comes into the office, at some point, we’re going to look at it through a DNS lens to try to figure out what’s the key link, or what’s the dysfunction that may have led to the development of whatever diagnosis that you might have. If you guys want more information on the DNS exam, or the overview of DNS, go back to our YouTube page, click on some of those links, and learn a little bit more about DNS.