Formerly AFCN Physical Medicine
AT ELITE FUNCTIONAL REHAB,
our goal is to restore maximum function lost as a result of an injury, illness or some other disability or condition, utilizing state-of-the-art treatment options from the disciplines of physical therapy rehabilitation and chiropractic.
Physical Medicine and rehabilitation is the diagnosis and treatment of nerve, muscle and bone injuries or illnesses that result in pain or affect how you move.
Our team of medical professionals will explain your condition and develop a treatment plan that will not only improve your present situation, but will also help you prevent future occurrences.
Each patient treatment begins with a comprehensive examination to focus on the underlying causes of your pain or dysfunction. Treatment is tailored to each patient, based on the most up-to-date evidence in the field of rehabilitation. Most of our treatments are focused on key manual therapy interventions with “hands-on-treatment” time by our clinicians.
SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS
At Elite Functional Rehab we understand that when you are in pain you want to get relief fast. With this in mind, we offer same day appointments to help get you on the road to recovery quickly. We also offer convenient appointment times with our first appointment at 7 am and our last appointment at 5 pm. There are also appointments available during lunch, to accommodate your busy schedule.
Dr. Kifer earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Central Arkansas and graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College. He is licensed by the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Dr. Kifer is trained in (SFMA) Selective Functional Movement Assessment and Certified by Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) as a medical professional. Training in SFMA and TPI allows Dr. Kifer to perform a golf-specific examination and customize a rehabilitative program to improve a golfer’s overall performance.
Annie Cavenar is the newest member of the staff at AFCN. Annie is a Little Rock native and graduate of Mount Saint Mary Academy. She went on to get her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville (GO HOGS) and then her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at University of Central Arkansas; Annie is also FMS certified. She is a former college soccer player and can relate to those with sports related injuries and orthopedic issues. Annie enjoys coaching youth soccer, traveling and being outdoors.
Rebekah Fisher, PT, DPT- Rebekah (Bekah) Fisher graduated from Henderson State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Doctor of Physical Therapy and is also certified in SFMA and FMS certified. Bekah was a competitive swimmer for 18 years and attended Henderson State on a swim scholarship and was a member of the swim team for 4 years. She still holds a school record for the Reddies. Bekah enjoys helping her patients attain an active, healthy lifestyle.
Joint mobilizations are a passive treatment of the joint to help decrease pain and/or increase joint mobility. Joints that prevent mobility often have varying degrees of directions limiting movement; Therefore, varying grades of joint mobilization are used by physical therapists, depending on the acuteness or chronicity of restriction, irritability of the joint, or type of joint dysfunction. Joint mobilization techniques focus on attaining a normal range of pain free joint motion. Nearly every restriction in movement can be regained by a specific joint mobilization technique.
SOFT TISSUE TREATMENT
Graston Technique – A soft tissue technique using stainless steel instruments designed to adapt to specific parts of the body, used to detect and release soft tissue adhesions.
Thoracic Joint Mobilization – Knowledge of common musculoskeletal referral patterns and release techniques to address dysfunctional motor units.
TRIGGER POINT DRY NEEDLING (TDN)
TDN is a treatment for myofascial trigger points (hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle palpable as tight bands) that commonly accompany complaints related to the musculoskeletal system. These pain conditions may be a result of degenerative processes, athletic activities, injuries, and chronic postural strain/repetitive strain injuries. Solid core monofilament needles are inserted into the muscles at trigger points typically resulting in the reproduction of the pain pattern and a local twitch response. Research supports that dry needling in conjunction with manual physical therapy interventions decreases pain, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.
When used in conjunction with patient-specific manual therapies and exercise, modalities such as heat or ice, ultrasound, electric stimulation, etc., can reduce pain and speed recovery.
Rehabilitative Conditioning addresses strength, flexibility, and stability issues to facilitate return to previous levels of activity.
Therapeutic Exercise − A combination of supervised and home exercise designed to decrease pain and restore movement.
Lumbar Joint Mobilization – A clinician-assisted stretching technique that uses the concept of reciprocal inhibition to achieve gains in flexibility.
Elite Functional Rehab is now offering Massage Therapy.
Call 501-661-0336 to schedule an appointment.
We offer custom orthotics for daily shoe use and running shoes, as well as customized Birkenstock sandals and clogs.
FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREENING
Each patient’s treatment begins with a comprehensive exam to focus on the underlying causes of pain/dysfunction.
Treatments are focused on key manual therapy interventions with “hands on” treatment time by our clinicians. These treatments may include:
Trigger Point/Soft Tissue Treatment
Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN)
Active Isolated Stretching
Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
FMS is a screening for injury risk and assessing joint, tissue, mobility and stability dysfunction. All of our providers are FMS level I and level 2 certified.
This is beneficial for athletes or people of all ages as we can determine movement pattern dysfunction and make a personalized plan to help them improve movement and maximize performance.
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
As physical therapists and chiropractors, our job is to get you moving. Whether you can’t pick up your grandchildren because your back hurts, you can’t run because your knee hurts, or you can’t throw because your shoulder hurts; the common theme is that something is going wrong when you move. The SFMA is utilized to identify specific movement limitations that cause you pain. The SFMA will determine if you have a joint mobility problem, tissue extensibility issue, or a stability/motor control dysfunction. Once we determine your dysfunction, we can then build the best protocol for you.
Book your screening TODAY with one of our FMS certified Physical Therapists
Maintaining accurate and comprehensive medical records is very important to your care. These forms (New Patient Forms and Return Patient Forms) can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on them.
The new patient forms are for all new patients to fill out and bring to the clinic upon their first visit.
The return patient forms are for any patient who has been seen in our clinic within the last three years.
Elite Functional Rehab
For questions or to schedule an appointment:
Elite Functional Rehab
4200 N. Rodney Parham, Ste. 102
Little Rock, Ar 72212
7 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.