Dr. Vincent Sportelli DC, LCN

112 DeWitt Street (corner of James St.)
Syracuse, NY 13203
315-422-4712

The more you understand your body and how it functions, the better equipped you'll be at taking care of yourself to achieve optimal health. Our team of chiropractic professionals empower patients to take charge of your own health and future, educating you about your condition to decrease your need for future care. We've included the Patient Education section on our website to provide you with valuable, practical wellness information which you can incorporate into your lifestyle to improve the quality of your life. We hope you will turn to these pages whenever you have a question about health related issues and urge you to contact our practice at any time to make an appointment. We have convenient hours during the week, monday thru friday, including saturdays for those who's work schedule requires weekend appointments. Our office visits fees are kept exceptionally low to enable all patients needing care.

Dr. Sportelli has more than 25 years of experience as a Doctor of Chiropractic and  wellness practioner and has provided treatment and corrections for thousands of cases and conditions. ! Experience does matter ! We educate and empower our patients to maintain their health and well being. He has lectured throughout  NYS and the Northeast, has been interviewed on upstate network TV and cable and radio stations concerning  health care questions and conditions from the use of childrens' back packs  to sports injuries recovery during the Big East Basketball Tournament. He has had his own talk radio show including - Health Beat - on AM and FM stations.

Dr. Sportelli is a runner, body builder, fitness instructor and has studied the martial arts. He never asks of his patients to do anything he has not done himself concerning exercises, supplementation, food selection and postural changes.

Be ready to provide your medical history, which will be essential for preparing a course of treatment for you. Medical records, such as diagnostic test results, or imaging results, such as X-rays and MRIs, also will provide important information about your condition.

Certain things in your health history are particularly vital to a chiropractor. This information could provide important clues that will allow your chiropractor to properly diagnose your problem. Such clues include whether you have or have had:

  • Bone disorders, such as osteoporosis
  • Circulatory problems (poor circulation could be a sign that you have a subluxation, for example)
  • Dizziness or blurred vision
  • Heart conditions such as hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Infections, especially those affecting your spine
  • Injuries, such as bone fractures, muscle sprains, or disc injuries
  • Joint disorders such as arthritis
  • Sleep apnea

Be prepared to answer such questions as:

  • Did the onset of your pain immediately follow an injury?
  • Is there anything you do that improves or worsens the pain?
  • When and how did your pain start?
  • Where is the pain centered?

The physical exam

Here's what to expect:

The first order of business is checking your vital signs, reflexes, and blood pressure.

Sometimes measurements will be taken to determine arm and leg length. Next, you will be asked to do a series of simple and easy activities or exercises. These exercises will provide information about your motor skills, balance, and gait, among others. These tests also help determine your range of motion, muscle tone and strength, and integrity of your nervous system. Any abnormalities could provide clues about a condition. You may be asked to:

  • Bend forward, sideways, or backwards – Misaligned spinal vertebrae can sometimes be detected during this exercise.
  • Flex and extend your leg – This is a test for signs of sprain and helps determine the integrity of your joints (also called the "Yeoman's Test").
  • Grip something such as a rubber ball – Your grip strength is vital for showing signs of muscular or nerve damage.
  • Lie down and raise one leg – This is often referred to as the "Thomas Test," in which the chiropractor gently pushes on your raised leg to check for hip joint mobility.
  • Stand and raise one leg – This test can sometimes show whether you have sciatica, a nerve disorder in your lower back. Another test may involve pushing on your raised leg to determine whether you have pain, inflammation, or imbalance in the joints between your spinal vertebrae. (This is also called the "Psoas Muscle Test.")
  • Stand or sit – Posture can sometimes show whether you have misalignments in your spine.
  • Walk a straight line – This test measures your gait, and helps to determine if you have a normal walking pattern.
  • Walk in Place – Abnormalities in the way your pelvis and spine coordinate can be seen during this test.

Next, a short physical exam by the chiropractor will involve palpation, or use of the hands, to explore the alignment of your spine and other structures, as well as provide information on any stimuli that may cause pain. Depending on your condition, a series of diagnostic tests may follow. These tests may include MRIs, CT scans, X-rays, blood work, and other laboratory tests.

The chiropractor may also consult with you about making important lifestyle changes, such as exercise, nutrition, and smoking cessation to improve your chances of healing faster or preventing further injury.





Chiropractors diagnose and treat a broad range of physical conditions in patients with muscular, nervous, and skeletal problems, especially the spine.

Chiropractors make use of conventional diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, and lab work, as well as specific procedures that involve manipulation by hand of various parts of the body. Chiropractors are best known for their ability to correct misalignments of the spine, which are called subluxations. But spinal manipulation is only a small part of what chiropractors do as part of an overall plan to manage and relieve pain and many kinds of ailments. Other kinds of treatments chiropractors are capable of providing include:

  • Physiotherapy, UltraSound, Interferential Stim
  • Deep Tissue Cold Laser Therapy
  • Decompression, Intersegmental Traction
  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Sports Injuries/ Correction, Rehab and Prevention
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Ice/heat therapy,
  • Lifestyle and nutrition counseling
  • Massage therapy
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Stress management
  • Laser Accupuncture
  • Cupping technque

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