My calling in life is self-care advocacy:
The average climber has 1.8 injuries and has had them more than 2 years!
With this said, I began teaching at USAClimbing Medical tents over 8 years ago and now am lucky enough to work one-on-one with climbers full time.
Based in Boulder, Colorado- I've spent years teaching athletes and addicts how to recover from unhappy elbows, chronic finger injuries, and pulled hamstring tendons. Dabbling in self-care strategies and honing in on a self-care routine that works, I'm a problem solver hellbent on helping these athletes (and runners, and cyclists) to do the same.
Whether your goal is to climb a grade harder, or to play in the mountains for years to come without pain, you can join me as a team by booking an appointment here.
Building slowly and methodically, visit me online or in person to blossom your self-care strategies and fill in important missing opportunities to create healthy training habits. Climbing should be a lifestyle, not a dream that you are missing out on!
Hear Dr. Lisa's insights with Neely Quinn on Episode 26 of Training Beta. We discuss a variety of health topics as related to climbing including: how to recognize and treat finger injuries, self-care strategies for the finger & hand, forearm injuries and the truth about ice, and the important benefits of immersion baths.
Fingers are pretty important to us. At some point, all of us will have a tweak, twinge, or injury, and we'll need to know how to deal with that. In this episode we dive deep into the methods behind dealing with finger injuries. We talk taping, acupressure rings, voodoo floss, ultrasound, self diagnosis, and more.
Dr Lisa discusses injury care on the podcast ChalkTalk with host John Blomquist- a Rock Climber, Route Setter and Climbing Industry Expert.
Episode 23 covers how to diagnose, prevent, and recover properly from climbing’s most notorious injuries, cross-training for climbing and its benefits, and researching a fledgling sport.
What does a visit cost?
A 60-minute virtual visit to my office runs at $115. This gets you a problem-focused discussion of your injury, a few tests, review of any MRI or XRAY results, and a customized plan for the first 3 weeks. Further guidance from that can run at $70 for 30 minutes of behind the scenes email/fax/phonecalls. If we meet in person for your new patient exam, the fee is $135. Add in a real-time musculoskeletal ultrasound for a total of $195.
I accept credit, Paypal, HSA and FlexSpend Cards and bill all major insurance companies as an out of network provider. Please email me if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage.
Who is my ideal patient?
As my practice is past full with a newborn in my life, I have had to turn patients away. My ideal new patient is someone who is willing to do their homework and is willing to follow a plan. You can be an athlete of any type who feels diminished life enjoyment of any kind due to aches or pains. Most importantly, my ideal patient is one that wants to live life at 110% and is devoted completely to achieving the goal of health and prevention, regardless of their age or what society tells them. With this said, my visits are vigorous and problem focused and your homework will be 2 pronged focusing on both your injury and also on unloading it with attention to your daily life, work and /or training habits .
More specifically, my care and coaching would be a great fit if:
You want to be free of chronic or new muscle or joint pain.
You desire to use your body for years to come not just next week.
You're tired of blank stares when you ask your doctor for recommendations or exercises.
Your friends and family don't understand how to help you on your journey to health.
Your tired of waiting for your current doctor or therapist to get the job done.
You feel as if your issues haven't been addressed with main stream medicine.
You are tired of taking pain pills or ignoring your bodies warning signs.
You're ready to commit to a new plan and to engage in home-care that will change your life.
We're not a good choice for a team if you:
Are in a financial crisis and are unable to afford to pay for care at time of service.
Depend on your health insurance to cover healing and prevention (which most do not).
Are unable to trust or to take recommendations from your medical provider.
Feel as if your friends won't allow you to heal, and you're unwilling to hold back.
Can't make the time to devote to your rehabilitation exercises or attending your visits.
Care more about cost of your visits and lose sight of the cost of not being healthy.
Are skeptical about being able to heal OR belive that you can't heal.
What Drives Me?
I have been told many times that a maximum of 15 minutes are all a provider such as myself should spend with a patient. I'm not going to practice that way, period. My care is special because I blend every type of care needed to give maximum benefit... This core truth and focus is why I believe my patients thrive.
I choose to be a sports chiropractor because I love making a difference. I want to be able to enjoy running and climbing myself as well as to show you how to also balance your work with your adventures. Life is worth living, which is why I want to empower others to also maximize their experience. I've spent years in different areas of sports medicine as a patient myself. I want to cut out the waste and trim the fat on getting you healthy. I get excited easily about your opportunities and I'm pushing up my sleeves before every visit.
Why is My Care Different?
My patients are my priority, not my pocket book. I've decided to focus entirely on YOU in elongated visits that you just can't find anywhere else. I know, I've worked at many physio clinics which have you doing exercises while they work on someone else. I want to give you the most for your time and strive to heal you with a deeply focused visit, each and every time. Regardless of if you visit me at my clinic or via Skype, benefit from YOU centered care and planning.
I belive teamwork and focused therapy is what it is all about. I enjoy finding new techniques that increase your benefits, in motion, in lifestyle, and in finally not being afraid to use your body...
I'm excited to share them with you. We decide as a team where you want to go with your rehab. My job is to merely lay out your options and then to support you while you choose whichever strategy resonates with you. The proof is in the pudding, improve and feel the benefits for yourself.
I constantly push myself to see how much better I can be, at time management, at healing my own body, at healing yours. I'm tired of being told that I can't give my patients what they need in one visit. If you want to recover from an injury, or are told that your pain is hopeless unless you undergo a disgustingly expensive surgery or 24 pack of visits, I'm here just for you.
Instead of modern medicine's draw to drugs and surgery, I'd like to invite you to join the shift and to put health into your own hands with my gentle techniques. Avid climber or not, let's do what your other doctors didn't and take the time to do and heal you correctly from the start.
Patients with whom I've worked
have said remarkable things
about my work-
Thoughtfully Customized Care
Lisa is fantastic and she will help you work through your injury without telling you to take time off. I've been seeing her for over a year now. Lisa saved my climbing honeymoon last summer by taking me from devastation to climbing in a couple months. GO see her if you're hurt and don't wait until it's so bad that you can't climb! - Abby Mills 8/11/16
As a climber, I push my body to the limits sending the gnarliest gnar. Sometimes, my puny little tendons and ligaments cannot keep pace with my need for the send, and they cry out in pain. When this happens, I come to Dr. Lisa, who injects them with pure awesomeness. Climbing is a niche sport, and our injuries are not well studied. Lisa is changing that, as she applies cutting edge sports treatment to the best of all sports. She wrote the book on climbing injuries, and can solve yours too.- R.D.
I am a long time climber and have had a form of tendonitis in my right elbow for a few years. I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Erikson to finally get a full diagnosis of the injury and some treatment options. I was happy to have gotten more new information than I imagined I would about my injury, the mechanisms involved and some realistic expectations of how long it would take to rehab. She genuinely wants to see people get back to doing what they love and I would highly recommend a visit!- Kevin Ziechmann 8/3/16
Ongoing post-doctorate training in Advanced Movement Therapies, Sports Medicine, Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Sports and Biomechanical-Specific Research, and the ongoing Biomechanics of Posture.
Past Head Medical for USAClimbing American Bouldering Series and Sport Climbing National Championships 2012-2015.
Medical sponsor of great climbers such as:
Daniel Woods (2008-2012)
Courtney Woods (2008-2016)
Angie Payne (2012-2015)
David Graham (2013-2014)
Graduate Medical Internship in radiology, chiropractic and physiotherapy at Colorado Spine and Sport.
Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic West. – 2008
President of the CBP Biomechanics of Posture Club. -2007-2008
Worked at 13+ Medical Tents for many non-climbing World Championships including all those in the south Sanfrancisco Bay area from 2006-2008 including the sports of downhill and mountain bike/track cycling, the Highland Games, and mixed martial arts.
Medical Staff for the San Jose Ballet 2008.
Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience and Biology from Montana State University– 2004
Climbing Industry Involvement:
Past invited guest lecturer for the American Climbing Wall Association at CU Boulder
Guest lecturer for the following clubs/companies:
Seattle Bouldering Project
University of Colorado Alpine Club
Friends of Eldorado
Boulder Area Rock Climbing Association
Backcountry Experience Durango
Past donations as an advertising sponsor for the non-profits including:
American Safe Climbing Association
Leave no Trace
American Alpine Club.