Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries

This is a very general category because virtually any part of the body can get injured in sports from an ankle to a lacerated liver (Dave Mirra – BMX X-Games). However, this category is meant to bring some public awareness to the broad scope of the injuries chiropractic can treat.

Chiropractors are biomechanical specialists focusing on treatment of the entire body. Specifically, we treat ligament, tendon, muscle, and joint injuries. Of course, there are different severities of these injuries, and some of them we cannot treat, at least not by ourselves. Keep in mind: there are two types of injuries, those that need surgery and those that do not. In general, a chiropractor is able to perform a thorough examination to determine if the injury requires surgery. Many times if an injury does not need surgery, there are only three things most medical doctors can do: prescribe pain medication, prescribe muscle relaxers, and refer for physical therapy. The problem with prescribing medication is that it may not facilitate tissue healing and, in some cases, may actually slow tissue healing because it blocks pain receptors and can allow the injury to get worse. Physical therapy is very helpful for non-surgical injuries, but does not involve joint manipulation, which is very beneficial and required for proper healing after an injury. Depending on the type and severity, most injuries heal at a more accelerated rate with a combination of chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy and acupuncture. Therefore, next time an injury occurs while playing sports, give chiropractic a try.

Note: Some health insurance companies require a referral from a primary care physician before paying for chiropractic treatment, so be sure to check your health plan benefits.

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that this information is only for general knowledge; it is not to be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment.