Sports injuries can be a major setback in your athletic training. They leave you chomping at the bit to get back in the game. Chiropractic is a great way to treat your sports injuries without a long recovery period.
Your intervertebral discs are located between bones in your spine, and they work as shock absorbers while you compete, bending, running, flexing or jumping, to prevent any pain or damage to your vertebrae.
Sports injuries are usually caused by:
- Forceful impact
- Repetitive motion
- Failure to warm-up properly
During an injury, your discs can become inflamed or herniated. This makes it harder for them to do their jobs and more likely for you to be injured again.
Back injuries can be painful and debilitating, but they are not the only type of sports injury that can be treated with chiropractic. Many sports injuries to different parts of your body can be treated by chiropractic care because of your spine in the common connection between your musculoskeletal system and your nervous system.
Common sports injuries treated by chiropractic:
- Muscle Tears
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee injuries
- Ankle injuries
If you find yourself injured and weighing your treatment options, don’t forget to add chiropractic to the mix.
What is Chiropractic?
“Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.” It looks to address these diseases not by the use of surgery and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.
Chiropractors adjust your spine to ensure the bones are aligned. The goal of chiropractic is to restore joint function and resolve inflammation.
Sports and Chiropractic
Chiropractic treatment is non-invasive, unlike surgery, and it is also non-habit forming, unlike medication. Seeking chiropractic treatment for your sports injury is will allow your body to heal itself while improving your balance and reducing the risk of another injury.
During an initial visit, chiropractors will consult athletes regarding their health, perform exams, on postures, spine, and balance.
Treatments for sports injuries:
- Electrical stimulation
During spinal manipulation, the doctor will place your body in different positions in order to perform adjustments on the affected joint.
At our office, we also use the Pro-Adjuster Chiropractic machine, which determines the best adjustment mode for your condition, and then administers a controlled force to the misalignment. The treatment is consistent, and it is safe for individuals of all ages.
We also utilize electronic stimulation, which is a process where electrodes are placed on the skin around the affected areas that send a light electrical impulse to the muscle. Electrical stimulation is useful for reducing muscle inflammation, curtailing muscle spasms and relieving pain in the back or neck.
Regular chiropractic visits help promote quicker recovery after a competition and during training. Even if you are not suffering from a major injury, chiropractic helps to reduce the impact of training. You can read more about the Benefits of Chiropractic on Athletic Training.