Sports rehabilitation

Athletes' Testimonials

Duke Chiropractic is no ordinary chiropractic practice. We are trusted by some of the biggest names in competitive sports. Luckily for us, some of them were gracious enough to speak on our behalf. Here are some of the things our professional athletes have said, regarding the healing and care they’re received from our doctors.

I am a huge believer in the Duke Chiropractic team. After first working with them four years ago, one pattern became clear: If I maintain a regular check-ins and tune-ups once every month (or two or even three), I run strong. If not, I risk being on the sidelines. Dr. Duke and his team have helped me recover quickly and fully from hamstring and lower back issues.

— Mary Wittenberg

As a professional athletes' consultant for top runners, I depend on Duke Chiropractic to provide the highest standard of care for the athletes I work with. Dr. Duke's team never fails to deliver, and I have total confidence that every athlete will receive the best possible treatment so they can perform their best in some of the world's most competitive races.

— David Monti

I appreciate Dr. Duke treating me whenever I'm in the city to run. He has helped me show up to the starting line confident that my body will be strong, balanced and ready to race through the streets of New York!

— Molly Huddle

The great part about participating in an event hosted by the New York Road Runners is that everything is first class. When it comes to chiropractors, the New York Road Runners have arranged for me to work with Dr. Duke and his team several times. Thanks to them, I always know and feel that I am in good hands before the big races in New York.

— Meb Keflezighi

Dr. Duke and his team have become a vital part of my support network during my trips to New York. I can relax and trust that he will get my body into tip top shape for the race and will be on hand to check things over afterwards too.

In 2009 I came to rely on him even more when he helped me win the New York half marathon after arriving in New York with a very tight hamstring. Then in November for the marathon, although time was against us and the race didn't go well for me it is a sure fact I would never have even made it to the start line without Dr. Duke. Furthermore I really appreciated the time he took to follow up with me in the weeks afterwards to check on how I was doing and advise with recovery and rehab.

— Paula Radcliffe

For professional runners, body functionality at its optimum level is absolutely necessary. After visiting with Dr. Duke, I can confidently say that I now understand the term, “Leave it to the pros!” Dr. Duke is truly great and meticulous at what he does. His passion and kindness are admirable. I won the 2017 Healthy Kidney 10K after seeing him. I would recommend Dr. Duke to anyone, any day. If he can help an elite runner, I'm very confident he would meet or surpass your expectations. Thank you, and God bless you, Dr. Duke!

— Sam Chelanga

I cannot thank Dr. Duke enough for helping me feel my best on race day. Going into this year's New York half marathon, I felt a lot more relaxed, because I'd checked in with Dr. Duke beforehand. Now, whenever I am in New York, I make it a point to visit him. Between visits, I keep up with the stretches and exercises that he's shown me. These extra measures make a big difference in staying healthy — and ultimately lead to better performance.

— Emily Sisson

Dr. Duke was a great resource for me in my preparation for my debut marathon in New York. His passion for wellness and performance is backed up by incredible knowledge and skill in his work, and he is on a short list of experts I would trust with an injury when up against a deadline.

— Lauren Fleshman

I first met Dr. Duke before a big race in New York City. I had been traveling and training at altitude for a month prior, and hadn't been able to have chiropractic work done in a long time. When I met Dr. Duke, he greeted me with warmth and professionalism. He prepared me for the New York City Dash to the Finish Line 5k, which I won the next day. My form and stride were more capable after working with Dr. Duke, and I was beyond impressed with his expertise and effectiveness in our session. I will visit him anytime I am in New York. Now an Olympian, I see the tremendous value of working with a chiropractor — and especially one that I trust! Thank you, Dr. Duke.

— Alexi Pappas

I go to Duke Chiropractic because of their hands-on approach, combined with their knowledge and expertise. They treat the cause of the injury, rather than treat the symptoms themselves. They’re a great, friendly team whom I thoroughly recommend when you have an injury or an injury in the making.

— John Henwood

Over the past 10 years, Dr. Duke and his team have helped me through numerous running injuries including plantar fasciitis, patella tendonitis and as well as other non-running related neck and back issues. Dr. Duke’s unique approach to treating muscle and joint pain goes far beyond what you’d expect from a chiropractor.  Without Dr. Duke, Dr. Amico and Dr. Duggan, I’d have had to drop out of numerous races and marathons. Dr. Duke’s pre-race tune-ups kept me at my best for many years of racing and now allow me to keep up with an active toddler and hectic schedule. I leave Duke Chiropractic feeling three inches taller and completely relieved of the tension and stress that builds up in my muscles.

— Cara Macari (Urban Athletics)

As a coach and former competitive athlete myself I know how extremely important it is to find a set of Doctors that understand exactly what we as athletes do.  Dr. Duke, Duggan and Amico work very closely with my athletes and myself in order to help them get back on the road as quickly as possible after an injury.  Their level of knowledge and experience is second to none and the successful results that I have experienced in working with them speak for themselves.  Whether it's a chiropractic adjustment, ART (active release) or soft tissue manipulation using the Graston technique, I know that the Doctors at Duke Chiropractic are using an array of techniques at their disposal to help my athletes get back out there and performing at a very high level.   As a coach injuries are extremely frustrating to deal with, but knowing I have a team of excellent doctors to back me up and to take care of my athletes is a huge asset.

— Spencer Casey, NYAC Men's & Women's Elite running team Coach & Terrier Tri head running coach

How long is 3.5 seconds? For some, it’s four years too long. You see,3.5 short seconds was the difference between making it to London as an Olympian vs. having to stay at home and watch the games on TV. For me, that 3.5 second advantage wasthe culmination of many things, oneof which was proper recovery. The largest part of my recovery involved getting treated by Dr. Duggan and the friendly staff at Duke Chiropractic. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dr. Duggan, Dr. Amico,and the Active Release Technique.

I began seeing Dr. Duggan in early 2010 for an acute hamstring injury. He got me from not being able to walk normally without pain to race-walking at the World Cup Trials in just over one week. Over the years, as my training has intensified and increased, so have my visits to the office.

I always leave the office feeling not only physically but also mentally relaxed, refreshed and recharged. Thanks to continued care from Duke Chiropractic, this 2012 Olympian is looking to make her second Olympic Team!

— Maria Michta

I have been very grateful for Dr. Duke's healing touch whenever my travels take me to New York. His work is cutting edge for both elite athletes trying to get to the top step of the podium and for those just trying to make it one step past the finish line.

— Ryan Hall

When I am training at a high level, I'm always conscious of doing the 'extras' to stave off injury, including massage, icing, foam rolling... the list goes on. There are times, however, when those conservative methods just aren't cutting it and I'm riding a fine line to serious injury. It's then that I enlist the help of Dr. Duke and his team.

Dr. Duke is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to recognizing why my particular movement patterns are causing my injury and takes the time to explain that to me. He also recommends the strengthening, stretching and other rehab exercises I should be doing until my next visit. I am always impressed with the results and can trust that Dr. Duke and his team will get me through the injury to the other side of pain-free running.

— Delilah DiCrescenzo

Dr. Duke, thank you for always getting me ready to compete!

— Lisa Benitez

It was over a year ago that I pulled my hamstring during a speed workout and was referred to Dr. Duke's practice. The care I received from everyone there was truly exceptional. They really took the time to fully understand the root of the problem and then put together a well thought-out plan to get me healed and back up and running as soon as possible. I unfortunately prolonged my recovery, as many runners have a tendency to do, by trying to do too much too quickly.

Subsequently, I realized the importance of taking the necessary time and care to fully recover. Once fully recovered I felt compelled to do all that I could to preserve being injury free while training for my next marathon so I decided to continue my visits to the practice with a preventive care and maintenance mindset. The bi-weekly visits that I made during my training period undoubtedly helped keep me injury free and feeling the best I ever have while preparing for a marathon. In addition, Dr. Duke went above and beyond by providing me with additional nutritional and strength training information and resources to assist with my training.

This past weekend I competed in my 4th marathon and set an 8 minute PR. I'm so incredibly appreciative for all that Dr. Duke and everyone at his practice did to help me not only set a new PR but to be feeling amazingly good within just a few days after the race. They are hands down the most knowledgable, professional and caring sports practice I've ever been treated by and would therefore without a doubt recommend them to anyone, especially a serious athlete! Thanks Dr. Duke and team for keeping me strong and healthy!

— Melissa Ackermann

Last winter, tendon tears sidelined me for months. Thankfully, Dr. Duke helped me through recovery and had me racing again. A year later, days before a cross-country race, I began feel one tendon again and feared I had retorn it. Dr. Duke worked on me and somehow had me feeling great for the race; I even ran a big PR! Thank you, Dr. Duke, for sorting me out. I don't know how you did it!

— Jennifer Harvey

I can't say enough good things about Duke Chiropractic. They have seen me through good times and bad - stress fractures, pulled muscles and all the myriad ups and downs that come with starting to run races as a woman of a "certain age." They are true healers: expert diagnosticians and masters of chiropractic medicine. But beyond that, they take a holistic approach to health and really care about their patients. They have worked closely with my medical doctors and coaches to provide the kind of coordinated care one rarely finds in this age of fragmented health care. Although I'm a middle of the pack runner, they treat me with the same seriousness and commitment they provide to their elite athletes. Duke Chiropractic is always my first recommendation to anyone, athlete or not, who’s serious about protecting and maintaining their mobility. 

— Beth Browde

Training to race an Ironman 10 months after ACL reconstructive surgery doesn't come without its trials and tribulations. I came to Dr. Duke with painful ITBS that was sidelining me from training for Ironman Mont-Tremblant. He understood where I, as an ACL patient, was coming from, and all the unique factors that worked together to cause the pain. After Dr. Duke administered two sessions of the Graston Technique and ART, I raced my first triathlon — post-op and pain-free — and placed first in my age group and fourth overall! Next up, Mont-Tremblant!

— Caitlin Alexander

After successfully competing nationally and internationally in multi-sport events (triathlon and duathlon), it was humbling to sit on the sofa doing zero exercise because of all the pain in my Achilles tendon. I had just about given up when all roads led to Dr. Duke, who spent about two hours with me on my initial visit, massaging, stretching, and manipulating the other parts of me that had led to the tendonitis.

I really appreciate Dr. Duke's candor, expertise, accurate diagnoses, and plan of action. I'm healthy again and grateful for the excellent care I received on my visits.

Dr. Duke values all of his patients, independent of their levels of talent, with the primary goal of getting them back to sport in a timely fashion.

— Nicole Sin Quee

I was referred to Duke Chiropractors from NYRR shortly after finishing my first marathon (NYC 2008). Due to the labrum tear in my right hip, I could only run up to 60-65 miles a week and finish each run with an uncomfortable pain in the hip. After the marathon, my coach John Henwood and I were debating between arthroscopic surgery or more conservative, less invasive treatments. With a rehabilitation program of twice a week sessions with Dr. Duggan, I have been able to increase my mileage up to 90mi/week and run uninterruptedly - without any serious injuries since then. My hamstrings have released and the hip feels great. Duke Chiropractic made me confident that with the proper rehabilitation program, my body could take on that hard training and high mileage elite marathoners need. I just completed the Ottawa Marathon and I am looking forward to my next race.

— Katarina Jansosikova

Thanks for keeping an old guy in "peak" shape. As an overly ambitious amateur, I always seem to be having some injury or another. Over the years, Dr. Duke has shown me that these problems, however discouraging they seem at the time can be overcome. He keeps me going.

— Richard Salomon

I'm very grateful for the expert care I've been fortunate enough to receive from Dr. Duke and the friendly staff at Duke Chiropractic. Dr. Duke has been meticulous in helping me get through nagging injuries over the past few years and has been a constant in helping me stay healthy while training on an optimal level. I was training for the Chicago marathon when, two weeks before, I was challenged with a hamstring injury. Dr. Duke used Graston, ART and ultrasound, and he was also very comforting, which helped my confidence level going into the race. I was ecstatic to get an almost four minute personal record— especially after the obstacles I faced.

— Joy Dushey

In the first year that I began working with Dr. Duke, I had suffered tendinitis in the foot and Achilles, chronic hamstring pain, and three stress fractures. Dr. Duke and his team helped me address all of my problems and 11 months after my first visit, I am healthy, pain free, and qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials, running a marathon PR Of 2:44:31. I am so grateful for the care I received at Duke Chiropractic and remain a loyal, happy customer.

— Caroline Bierbaum

The summer of 2007, I had set my sights on competing at the Olympic Trials in 2008, but by the winter I was ready to shelve that aspiration due to nagging hip injuries that were forcing me to spend up to four days a week cross training. Finally, after six years of searching for adequate medical support in NYC that could understand and treat a serious runner, I was directed to Duke Chiropractic. Thanks to a team of three excellent doctors, I not only qualified for the Olympic Trials, I made it to the finals of the 3000m steeplechase. The doctors at Duke Chiropractic were an integral part of getting me to the starting line of a life experience that I will never forget.

— Lesley Higgins

Although I'd been having trouble with shin pain throughout my outdoor track season, I'd qualified for Nationals. It had been my goal for a long time to run at Nationals, but, leading up to the race, I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it. Dr. Amico's help with my leg, as well as his emotional support, helped ensure I was able to run the race — and run it better than ever, finishing with a big PR. I couldn't have done it without him!

— Anna Jurew

After my back and neck were injured in fall 2013, Dr. Duke changed my life for the better, and, apparently, for good — I am now pain-free. More than a specialty doctor for sports-related pain, Dr. Duke has superior medical knowledge and listening skills that allowed him to recommend that I look into specific medical conditions. His diagnosis was 100% correct, as my problems were beyond physical injuries. The staff, therapists and doctors at Duke Chiropractic treat you like a personal friend, not just another patient. Today, I feel 100%, and, to stay that way, I'll continue to see Dr. Duke periodically. My pain is gone and I have a doctor for life now.

— Seth Kean

As a triathlete, there is nothing more frustrating than being sidelined while training for an Ironman, especially when time and a healthy body are crucial components to success. I developed IT Band issues after taking time off in between seasons and I could not run for more than four miles without severe pain. Before I came to Dr. Duke and Dr. Amico, I tried deep tissue massage, acupuncture, and PT but nothing was working. Dr. Duke Chiropractic not only focused on fixing the problem but took extra time to investigate the source and presented me with strategies and solutions to avoid reoccurring problems.  Within two weeks of my visit and being treated with active release, Graston, electric stim,and other techniques, I was on my way to recovery.  The entire staff at Duke Chiropractic is friendly, caring, and very personable and always made and extra effort to make me feel comfortable. I am so grateful for the care I received from Dr. Duke and Dr. Amico.

— Joanna Chitko

While training for the 2010 NYC Marathon, I was plagued with hamstring, lower back and neck pain.  In August, I went to Dr. Duke in spasm and total discomfort.  With each subsequent visit, I found noticeable relief and started running more comfortably than I had in 10 years.  By November, I ran a pain-free 20 minute Marathon PR-a Boston Qualifier.  For sure, I could not have continued to train or run my target time without Dr. Duke's help. Having been to other Chiropractors, Duke Chiropractic is a very different experience.  You will be treated as a serious athlete whether your performance level is elite or recreational.  I have referred Other runners who have all experienced the same great results.

— Amy Stein

I arrived in New York for the 2009 Mini 10K, only to have a strain in my lower back flare up. New York Road Runners sent me to Duke Chiropractic, and what a stroke of luck. With ART and electro stim, Dr. Amico had me pain-free for the race.

— Kelly Jaske

Dr. Amico and his chiropractic/ART techniques have been an integral part of my Taekwondo preparations. From injury treatment to management to prevention, he has put me back on my feet to keep training at an elite level. Every athlete needs a top notch medical staff, and the care I have received at Duke Chiropractic has provided tremendous support in pursuing my competitive goals.

— Christina Park
   2x National Champion
   5x Collegiate National Team member
   2x Pan American Team member

I had nagging hamstring pain for 18 months that prevented me from doing speed work and hard long runs...to be honest, even sitting and driving hurt! I had tried multiple chiropractors and therapists without any improvement. I could tell right away that Dr. Duke, Duggan and Amico were different. They never rush my visits and provide an array of treatments to attack injury, including ART, stem, ultra sound, and adjustments. After six weeks of regular visits, I could run without even thinking about my hamstring for the first time in a very long time. Finally able to push my training again, this fall I set a PR in the marathon and half-marathon.

— Abbi Gleeson Antablin

Dr Duke and his team have helped me tremendously with both sports maintenance and healing injuries. I was injured after qualifying for the US team at the USA Cross Country Championships. Fortunately, Dr Duke and his team were able to heal my injuries in time so that I could compete as part of Team USA at the North America Central America Caribbean Championship a month later.

— Maggie Guiney, Team USA '09

After months of struggling with ITBS, I was close to giving up on my triathlon racing. I had tried everything, sports doctors, chiropractors, massage, acupuncture and yet my ITBS kept recurring. It wasn't until I started treatments with Duke Chiropractic that I finally began to see actual progress. Dr. Duke is unlike any chiropractor I've ever met, most of which want to spend only a little time with their patients before hooking them up to a stim machine. Dr. Duke takes time to figure out exactly what is causing the injury and works at great length using a variety of techniques (ART, Graston) to ensure the best treatment. No two sessions are the same and he makes use of all the tools that are at his disposal including heat, ice, stim, and ultra-sound. We developed a program that allowed me to start running again while getting treatments in order to minimize delays to my training schedule. I'm very happy to say that I just raced my first race over the weekend, pain free and in record time. I couldn't have done without all the help of Doctors Duke and Duggan as well as their friendly and professional staff.

— Thomas Laffont

Duke Chiropractic not only provides excellent treatment to fix my mechanical problems but has helped to further improve my running through ART and other techniques. I enjoy every visit with Dr. Amico not only for the benefit of improving my running but for the friendly conversation, advice and energy I receive from him and the rest of the office. Every time I leave from a session I walk out feeling 10 times better than I did walking in. If one of the chiropractors isn't available, you can rest assure that any of the others can and will do just as good of a job treating you. I greatly appreciate their time spent to help me and have and will continue to recommend Duke Chiropractor to others!

— Stephanie Lenihan

Several years ago, after nearly 20 years of running, I was told that the wear and tear on my hip eventually would require surgery. But then a running friend recommended Duke Chiropractic to work on my soft tissues and mobility.

With Dr. Duke’s help and his combination of therapies, the mobility of my hip is great. I’ve been competing in triathlons for four years — I even took 10 minutes off my New York Triathlon time this year — and I see Dr. Duke once a week. He and his team have helped me with training and helped me keep my goals in sight!

— Dr. Eric Gibbs

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