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Dr. Mohamed Karim Caring for the Community

Here’s a recent article on our doctor here at Family and Sport Chiropractic as he was featured in the January 2016 edition of Corridor Corners Neighborhood View magazine:

Dr. Mohamed Karim cares about people. After a sports injury nearly derailed his athletic career in high school, the chiropractic treatment he received helped him so much that it inspired him to attend chiropractic school so that he could provide the same kind of healing to others.  However, his service to the community extends beyond helping patients lead healthy lives–in his free time, he is a volunteer member for both the Coralville Fire Department and the Johnson County Metro Dive Team.

Mohamed’s family moved to Iowa from the United Kingdom in 2001, when his father, Dr. Yasser Mohamed KArim, got a job as an anesthesiologist at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Although the skyscrapers of Chicago looked like the America that Mohamed knew from the movies, they quickly faded into the distance on the drive to Iowa CIty.  “It was a bit different than what I had expected,” he said.

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Dr. Mohamed Karim with his siblings Noha, Hazem and Omar.

Mohamed attended West High School, where he excelled as a sprinter on the track and field team in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and relay events.  One season, he was injured so badly that he was told he wouldn’t be able to participate for a few months.  Dismayed, he turned to a local chiropractor for assistance.  “I was back in two weeks,” Mohamed said.

That experience impressed him so much that he decided to pursue a chiropractic career.  After majoring in Health and Sports Studies at the University of Iowa, Mohamed earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2012.  He shadowed at several practices in different states for a year, before opening his own practice, Family & Sport Chiropractic, in North Liberty last year.  His family–including his parents, Yasser and Amal, brothers Hazem and Omar, and sister Noha, live nearby.

“Not a lot of people actually know what chiropractors do, Mohamed said. “It’s basically a natural way of healing that can help take care of pain, aches, and soreness.” As Mohamed explained, impact on the body can case joints or the spine to become misaligned.  A misaligned spine, for instance, can cause a disc to compress on a nerve, and a misaligned knee can put tension on the kneecap and over time can thin the meniscus, eventually resulting in painful bone-on-bone contact later in life if left untreated.

The spine can mis-align due to a sudden blow, bending over to life objects instead of squatting, sitting with poor posture, or everyday wear and tear.  “Cell phones and tablets are a big concern right now,” Mohamed said.  “When you sit there for hours with  your head bent down, looking at the screen, that’s going to cause some problems.”

The longer a joint has been misaligned, the more time it takes to realign it.  For example, with a chronic misalignment lasting longer than three months, the muscles tighten up over time and have to be retrained through adjustments and stretching.  What I recommend is coming in at least once a month, regardless of whether you’re in pain,” Mohamed said.  “It’s kind of like taking care of your teeth–it should be part of your routine to prevent serious problems form developing.”

Chiropractic care is not only for adults. “Getting kids’ joints aligned when they’re younger is a lot better than later in life,” Mohamed said. Common ailments like ear infections and asthma can be prevented by ensuring proper alignment.  “The spinal cord is the highway of the body and the spine preserves the cord.  Just by finding that nerve irritation, the problem, can go away,” he said.

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Even new born babies can benefit. “Childbirth is an incredible trauma–yanking on the neck can cause stress on the spine,” Mohamed said.  For infants, he uses only the tips of his fingers for realignments, while adults receive more robust techniques do to their muscles and bones being more developed.  To make an appointment, visit www.fnschiro.com.

Mohamed’s practice also has a massage therapist, Anne Boge, who specializes in medical, deep tissue, sports, and Swedish massages, as well as trigger point therapy and reflexology.  If patients visit Anna for a massage before seeing Mohamed, their muscles are more relaxed and he is able to perform his adjustments more easily.

In addition to his professional life, Mohamed is a volunteer firefighter with Coralville Fire Department, living at the station through its residency program.  He has been a member of the team for 11 years, first joining when he was 18 and a freshman in college, and is the president of the Coralville Volunteer Firefighters Association.

Last year, he joined the Johnson County Metro Dive Team, a recovery and rescue SCUBA unit that trains to recover things like weapons and stolen cars as well as rescue drowning victims.  So far, he has helped recover a vehicle that became submerged during an accident hooking up a boat trailer.

Dr. Mohamed Karim and his parents

Mohamed’s chiropractic clinic is also a strong supporter of the community, sponsoring things like the Corridor Corners Neighborhood View as well as local events such as RAGBRAI Coralville. “I always try to be involved with the community–I like being part of it, I plan to stay here,” Mohamed said. “One of the things I really like about this places is that everyone gets along.”

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