Our goal is to help every patient who comes in our office become more aware of the nature of their health issues and then to offer them the most reasonable and effective course of care to help address them. It really is about putting the patient first and acting in his/her best interest.

Chiropractic Care

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

While many people only seek chiropractic care for back or neck pain, patients frequently find benefit from it for:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Frequent headaches/migraines
  • Sleep problems
  • Numbness/tingling in arms or legs
  • Jaw pain, facial nerve pain (trigeminal neuralgia)
  • Pain in shoulders, hips, knees, elbows
  • Injury from a sports or automotive accident
  • Postural problems
  • Just a desire for better health and overall well being.

ShockWave Therapy

Do you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis, Tennis elbow, or other soft tissue, bone, or joint pain? Accelerate your healing with ShockWave Therapy.

ShockWave Therapy can successfully address acute and chronic pain such as knee, heel, foot, elbow, ankle, hamstring, shoulder, neck, elbow, wrist, and hand pain. It is also used to address sports injuries and much more.

ShockWave Therapy is a highly effective treatment method: high energy sound waves that are introduced into the painful areas of the body. It is one of the most advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment methods cleared by the FDA.

Core Chiropractic offers ShockWave Therapy as an option for soft tissue, bone and joint pain. Pressure Wave Therapy is a highly effective non-surgical treatment for pain whereby high-energy sound waves are introduced into the painful areas of the body. It is one of the most advanced non-invasive treatment methods cleared by the FDA. The treatment works by helping to improve the regenerative potential, enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue.

Treatable Conditions

  • Knee Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Heel & Foot Pain
  • Achilles Tendon & Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Hip Pain
  • Shoulder, Neck, and Wrist Pain
  • Stress Fractures
  • Sports Injuries, Shin Splints
  • Scar Tissue

ShockWave therapy reports a 91% success rate (as per clinical studies). Beneficial effects are often experienced after only 3 to 5 treatments. The non-surgical therapy eliminates pain and restores mobility, thus improving the patient’s quality of life. ShockWave therapy’s success rate can be as effective or more effective than other methods such as surgery or pharmaceuticals without the risks, complications or long recovery times. One of the best results of this therapy is that the body continues to heal for weeks and sometimes months after the last treatment.


  • Drug-free
  • 91% Success Rate
  • Non-invasive, non-surgical
  • No anesthesia required
  • No risk of infection or scarring
  • No downtime
  • Cost-effective and affordable
  • Faster, easier healing


  • 91% Improvement for overuse injury pain
  • 90% Improvement for heel pain
  • 88% Improvement for elbow pain

Still have questions? Give us a call today at (803) 831-6500 to learn more about how ShockWave Therapy can address your pain, accelerate your healing and optimize your health.


Soft Tissue Therapies and Rehab

Sometimes patients come to us with issues that involve soft tissue damage and injury rather than skeletal misalignments and we are equipped and happy to treat them as well. Once a diagnosis of the problem has been made, the following therapies and modalities may be employed to help patient’s comfort and speed recovery. Ultrasound- deep tissue heat therapy, good for bringing blood flow to an affected area and speeding healing Electric stimulation- helpful for managing pain of soft tissue injury and rehabilitating injured muscle Trigger point therapy/myofascial release – Use of manual therapy to find and release muscle tightness. Effective for pain relief and releasing muscular adhesions. (Also makes adjustments easier and more effective.) Exercise and Stretch therapies- Sometimes patients will be instructed on activities they can do at home to speed their recovery and maintain the progress they have made so far.

Decompression Therapy

spinal decompression Lake Wylie SC

We are pleased to have an outstanding method available for painlessly reducing spinal and cervical (neck) disc bulges. This method has been proven time and time again as an effective and lasting alternative treatment to surgery for many patients. (Dr. Awender even receives a number of patients through referrals from some of Charlotte’s top neurosurgeons who want to help patients avoid surgery.) These specialists will advise the patient of the effectiveness of this approach and then recommend that they seek care from Dr. Hartley for a month or two to see if their problem can be addressed through spinal decompression. Most of the time, their referrals are successfully treated and are pleased to be able to avoid surgery. If a bulge is too pronounced, it may be untreatable by decompression therapy. In that case, Dr. Awender will quickly make that determination and will recommend that a patient seek the care of a neurosurgeon to consider other options. Spinal decompression therapy is often effective at reducing pain from joint disease and can also be useful in treating spinal stenosis. If you are a candidate for this therapy, Dr. Awender will discuss it with you.


Lake wylie chiropractic foot orthotics

Sometimes persistent lower back pain or discomfort in the hips and knees is directly linked to a problem with a patient’s feet. Pronation, collapsed arches and other feet abnormalities can cause discomfort in other areas of the body. If Dr. Hartley believes that a foot abnormality may be at the root of recurring discomfort, he may recommend that the patient consider using custom made orthotic inserts. We custom cast them here and the office and are pleased to have a supplier that provides an excellent orthotic at a reasonable cost.