If you’re an athlete, or have children that participate in individual or team sports, the chances are you, or they, have suffered an injury at some time. Such activities can result in painful sprains, strains, or even tears. A chiropractor can help if you’ve suffered a sports injury – and prevent it from happening again.
Chiropractors are often associated with treatment of the neck and spine. However, I treat injuries of all natures to the joints, muscles, and ligaments including, but not limited, to the shoulder, wrist, knee and ankle through manual adjustment of the spine and rehabilitation to the surrounding soft tissues. Chiropractors can also help prevent injury by ensuring your bones and muscles are lined up and balanced, which helps relieve tension or compression in the body allowing it to function better and become less susceptible to injury. The goal of our integrative approach of chiropractic adjustments, coupled with rehabilitation, is to first eliminate pain, but more importantly, restore or enhance joint function while resolving joint inflammation to promote long-term stability.
One of the most common reasons athletes suffer sports injuries is the forceful impact endured from either team sports or something as simple as running and jumping. Repetitive strain is also a common complaint. The dangers of over-training and failing to warm up properly can also cause unnecessary comfort. Chiropractors can help athletes by relieving their pain and helping them to heal faster after an injury. Mechanical deficits and compensations often develop slowly overtime, without the person ever being aware, until the stress becomes so much the pain threshold is reached. That means consistency in visits will aid in quicker recovery as well as gaining better balance, alignment, and overall performance. Maintenance of the nervous system, as well as eating healthy, exercising, the intake of plenty of water and proper sleep and rest, all go towards feeling good and performing well.
While all chiropractors are skilled at relieving pain due to tension using adjustments, there are chiropractors that specialize in sports medicine, such as myself. A chiropractor with experience in sports medicine will have specific rehabilitation techniques for all people, from manual laborers to elite athletes, as well as recommendations for providing strength to the affected tissues thus avoiding re-injury.
If you, or someone you know, are experiencing pain from a sports injury please consider seeing a chiropractor. Consulting more conservative care options early on may help you avoid more significant alternatives such as surgery down the road.