Dr. Ed Le Cara, DC, PhD, MBA, ATC, CSCS

As a former Division I athlete, my life revolved around competing and performing at a high level. The physicality of college wrestling guaranteed one thing…I was consistently tweaked and injured! My Athletic Trainer, Lisa Varnum, at UC Davis was always there to help patch me up and get me back on the mat quickly. I knew back then I wanted to devote my life to helping athletes get back to their sport.  

I HELP HIGH INTENSITY AND ENDURANCE ATHLETES OVERCOME & PREVENT INJURIES SO THEY CAN GET BACK TO ACTIVITIES THEY LOVE

You don’t have to be a Olympian or professional athlete for me to work with you. In fact, 95% of my current patients are people who just want to stay active. 

My junior year in college I tore three knee ligaments during a wrestling match. In addition to Lisa, my childhood neighbor, Dr. Gary Ogden, who was a chiropractor, helped me to rehabilitate. I was already working as a strength and conditioning intern and personal trainer so I helped myself thru strength and conditioning protocols. It was thru my own recovery process I discovered the key to rehabilitation was not one specific approach but the integration of many. 

I COMBINE ATHLETIC TRAINING, STRENGTH & CONDITIONING, ACUPUNCTURE, AND CHIROPRACTIC MANIPULATION TO DEVELOP UNIQUE AND HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TREATMENT PLANS FOR MY PATIENTS

Over the last 16 years, I have continued to develop and hone my skills. While working toward my PhD in athletic training, I discovered the work of Dr. Panjabi. Dr. Panjabi wrote about the spinal stabilization system being composed of the joints, muscles, and the neurological system. I have taken his publications and applied them toward my treatment of patients. It is my personal philosophy that:  

“SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OF MUSCULOSKELETAL CONDITIONS MUST INCLUDE MANUAL THERAPY TO THE MUSCLE AND JOINTS COMBINED WITH ISOLATED AND INTEGRATED EXERCISE” 

The joints and soft tissue can work well in isolation but if the brain isn’t communicating well with those two systems then the body doesn’t function well as a whole. I look at every person as a complex machine that is more than a sum of its parts. Retraining the neurological system thru corrective exercises is what differentiates me from most musculoskeletal providers.  

I love what I do because every patient and every injury is different. I get to play detective on every encounter to discover the most effective treatment. It is my goal to help my patients return to their activities, as quick as possible. I promise that each time I work with you, I will be:

TECHNICALLY SOUND * SCIENCE BASED * PATIENT CENTERED

Additionally, my work is satisfying because a bond is formed between a clinician and a patient. It reminds me of the bond I had with my wrestling coach who sat in my corner during matches. I trusted him because I knew he had my best interest at heart and we went thru the match together. I consistently develop similar bonds with patients that I choose to work with. I do not work with everyone because sometimes I am not a good fit for that person. In those cases, I make sure to refer to someone who can help them. We decide together during the initial meeting if your condition is something I think I can help you with and if we are a good fit to work together. To schedule a complimentary 15 minute consultation with me, click here.  

If you are still not sure if I am the person to help you, let me tell you how I am different than 99% of all other chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and strength and conditioning trainers out there:

Experience: I have over 17 years experience of successfully treating musculoskeletal injuries for a variety of different types of athletes and patients. I held a hospital appointment at the Veteran’s Administration, Northern California Health Care System in their Brain Health and Wellness Program alongside neurologists, physiatrists, physical therapists, and psychologists while providing treatment for my fellow Veteran’s. I have been the Head Athletic Trainer for various Professional, Collegiate, High School, and Youth Organizations including the San Jose Stealth of the National Lacrosse League. I proudly served in the US Army as a Combat Medic. I was the VP of Sports Science and Human Performance at 24Hour Fitness at their corporate headquarters where they built me a clinic to serve their executives, employees and families. Many health and fitness companies consult with me to develop education around their products. Some of those companies are RockTape, Stroops, OptoGait, and TRX training, just to name a few. 

Education: I earned a PhD in Athletic Training and had original research published in a peer reviewed journal on the topic of motor control of the lumbar spine. I am regularly published in trade journals around the topic of corrective exercise and movement assessment. I am Board Certified in both Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. I hold a clinical Doctorate of Chiropractic which allows me to diagnose conditions and refer for lab work and diagnostic imaging (like x-ray and MRI’s). I hold a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Transglobal education. My undergraduate degree is in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology.  

Techniques: I have specialized training in soft tissue manipulation (Active Release Technique, Graston, IASTM, Acupuncture, and Dry Needling), Human Movement Evaluation (Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Functional Movement Screen and Corrective Exercise Specialist), and corrective exercise strategies. For the joints I have been trained in the McKenzie technique (Courses A, B, C, D) and chiropractic joint manipulation. 

There are a few ways to work with me. 

  1. You can see me as a patient by setting up an appointment. To do this call 720-651-0674 or go to our online scheduling system by clicking here.  

  2. I consult for corporations to provide on-site treatment, lectures, develop/teach education, and perform technical writing. To inquire about this option, please email me directly at ed@KinetikChainDenver.com. 

  3. I present between 2-4 times per month at state, national and international level conferences in areas focusing on movement assessment, motor control training, and Kinesiology Taping. To see my upcoming teaching schedule, go to www.edlecara.com/educator.  If you are interested in having me speak at your next event, please contact me at ed@KinetikChainDenver.com.