Valley Spine & Sport

A comprehensive approach for your pain and injury.

I am committed to optimizing your results and getting you back to what you love doing. My approach blends sports medicine, chiropractic and physical rehabilitation methods to resolve your problem as quickly as possible. -Alex Tapplin, DC, CSCS, CCSP

Common Conditions

Tendinitis, Tendonitis, Tendinopathy, Tendinosis

The scientific and clinical research on tendon pain continues to evolve. We continue to stay abreast the latest strategies to maximize results. We use specific strengthening protocols, soft tissue treatment (cyriax methodology and Active Release Technique) as well as laser therapy.

Neck and Back Pain

We match the type of spine pain with the appropriate treatment. Some types of spine pain benefit from manipulation and manual therapy, others from specific exercise(McKenzie) and others may may need more of a strength & conditioning approach. We have a systematic approach in determining the appropriate type of therapy.

“If you are injured, suffering from pain, or even just struggling with mobility issues, definitely call Dr. Alex. He will take the time to get to know you, your history, do movement screenings, and simply spend time learning about your situation. He’s extremely knowledgeable and in the off chance he’s unable to help you, he’ll know which direction or step you should try next. Dr. Alex has been instrumental in my recovery from injuries, prescribes homework and exercises to do to strengthen weak links in the chain, and uses several different methods to get the job done. I can’t praise Dr. Alex highly enough!” -Mariah Baseman

Foot and Ankle Pain

* Plantar Fasciitis

* Achilles Tendon Pain

* Foot/Ankle Tendinopathy/Tendonitis

* Calf Strain

* Ankle Arthritis

“As a marathoner, I battled plantar fasciitis for literally months before I made an appointment to see Dr. Al. I was in pain and pretty much hopeless in completing the rest of my running year. After a handful of appointments, I was back on my feet running again. Pain free. Dr. Al will tell you it’s “simply textbook” what he did on my foot, but I can’t be fooled. It was magic. I would recommend seeing him to anyone who wants to remain active and feel great!!” Lori Millan

Thigh, Groin and Hip Pain

* Chronic or acute hamstring injuries

* Tendonitis (Adductor, Upper Hamstring, Upper Rectus, Gluteus Medius, Iliopsoas)

* Muscle Strains

* Nerve entrapments (piriformis syndrome)

* Bursitis

* Hip Arthritis

“Dr. Al helped me with a difficult to diagnose hip injury that an MD wasn’t able help me with. He quickly diagnosed my injury, helped me understand the injury and created a therapy plan that had me running again pain free quickly.” Anthony Marcinek

Shoulder and Elbow Pain

* Rotator cuff disorders

* Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

* Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis)

* Shoulder impingement

* Nerve entrapments/nerve disorders. (Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Thoracic outlet syndrome)

“Through the course of only four sessions I’m once more overhead pressing, experiencing near full recovery in my shoulders. I’m overhead squatting and snatching after months unable to do so (not heavily yet, but still…). My push press and strict overhead press is nearly back to pre-injury status. Better yet, no pain, no impingement!”
John Koenig, Nutrition and Fitness Guru

Wrist and Hand Pain

* Hand/Wrist tendon disorders

* Hand/Wrist ligament disorders

* Carpal Tunnel

“Dr. Tapplin is top notch. He cares about his patients and their goals. He supports his patients through those goals by using evidence-based care designed to optimize the athlete and her performance.” Ann Marie Swanson, Nurse Practitioner, marathoner, crossfitter

Knee Pain

* Patellofemoral pain (anterior knee pain)

* IT Band syndrome

* Knee Arthritis.

* Runner’s Knee

* Non-surgical ligament injuries

* Non-surgical meniscus lesions

* Patellar tendonitis (Jumper’s knee)

“Alex has done an amazing job helping me maintain my physical well being. I’ve seen him for my IT band, hip, and foot. He has worked his magic each time I visited, to ensure that I could be out running, safely and pain-free, the following day. Alex is knowledgeable, hard-working, and really knows what he is doing. I would highly recommend him!“ Lori Smestad, Triathlete

Neuropathy Treatment

High Intensity Laser Therapy has been proven to be effective in helping reduce the symptoms of neuropathy. Click HERE for more information.

Clinical Services

Active Release Technique (ART)

Trusted by professional athletes, ART is a soft tissue mobilization technique used to restore the normal texture, tone (tightness), flexibility, and function to the affected tissue. More information on this technique here.

Chiropractic Manipulation

A passive musculoskeletal procedure to create a stretch to the joint. The effects include, but are not limited to, relief from musculoskeletal pain and increased in range of motion.

High Intensity Laser Therapy (K-laser & MLS-Laser)

Laser Therapy stimulates healing, reduces pain. Has been proven to shave weeks off the standard rehab some conditions. More information here.

Diagnostic Ultrasound/Sonography

A cost effective imaging option for select soft tissue injuries and pain. More information here.

Runner's Gait Assessment

A specialized biomechanical and orthopedic assessment including gait analysis.

Cyriax Friction Massage

Friction Massage involves deep pressure with specifically directed movement/friction in order to remodel scar tissue, allowing the soft tissue to become more flexible, pliable, and more functional. A good review here.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

Using a tool to remodel soft tissue to improve pliability and normalize soft tissue mobility and flexibility.


Alex Tapplin, DC, CSCS, CCSP

A chiropractor with sub-specialty in sports medicine (CCSP)


Lace Luedke, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS

A physical therapist(DPT), educator(UW-Oshkosh) and researcher(PhD) with specialty in treating runners.

High Intensity Laser Therapy

Accelerate healing. Reduce pain.