Sports Injury Treatment In Raleigh, NC: Why You Should Consider a Chiropractor
When it comes to sports injuries, chiropractors provide healthcare services with many beneficial outcomes and treatments. Chiropractors hold an understanding of the bodies biomechanical principles and not only treat sports injuries but focus their practices on injury prevention functionality stability strength and flexibility.
Chiropractic care is often used by world class athletes for sports performance enhancement, injury recovery, injury prevention and treating pain. Chiropractors are on staff with all of the NFL football teams and some estimates by experts have shown that 90% of all world class athletes use chiropractic care. 72% of PGA golfers also use chiropractors as well as the majority of NBA MLB and NHL teams.
Most chiropractors in every state are licensed to perform physical therapy. Some treatments for sports injuries in chiropractic offices include:
- bracing and taping
- ultrasound therapy for injury recovery
- electrical muscle stimulation for pain management
- spinal manipulative therapy for joint care and function
- prescribing and supplying DME (durable medical equipment) such as back braces, knee braces, shoulder braces, and tens units
- nutritional and supplement advice
- cold laser therapy
- ice and heat therapy
- stretching and strengthening protocols
- muscle tissue work to break up scar tissue
Spine injuries make up 3% of all athletic injuries, and while the chiropractor is well trained in managing shoulder, knee, ankle, elbow and wrist injuries, he or she must be well prepared to deal with spinal injuries from sports related accidents.
Can chiropractic care improve athletic performance?
An injured or misaligned spine can interfere with the bodies ability to perform in athletics. Spinal adjustments and chiropractic treatments keep the spine working properly which can aid in performance enhancement.
In one study, athletes had a 6.12% increase in performance after receiving chiropractic treatment another study found a 30% improvement in hand eye coordination after 12 weeks of chiropractic care.
Studies from the annals of internal medicine and British Medical Journal both found that for shoulder pain, adding shoulder manipulations or adjustments to traditional rehab physical therapy techniques improve the outcomes and reduced pain associated with certain shoulder injuries.
For ankle injuries a similar study by the JMPT Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic care of ankle sprains helped increase motion, lesson pain and provide better ankle function.
Many musculoskeletal injuries and complaints happen during a sports injury. For the most athletes, even the weekend warriors, the body is undergoing constant stressors from running, jumping, twisting, lifting, contact, and competing.
Some of the common injuries experienced in sports include:
- ligament tears
- sprains and strains
- herniated discs
- repetitive stress injuries
- torn muscles
- joint pain
It is common practice in my office where I treat many runners who are suffering from IT band syndrome of the leg and knee, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and inflamed injured spinal discs and joints from frequent repetitive stress.
Many times I find that the knee and back problems are coming from sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Sacroiliac joint imbalances that when addressed lead to a decrease in repetitive stress and pain in the knees, feet, ankles and lower back.
In summary, chiropractors specialize in the body’s biomechanical structure/function and successfully treat and manage athletic related conditions and injuries. Chiropractic joint manipulation combined with physical therapies, custom orthotics and nutritional management is used successfully by the public and many of the world’s top athletes.
If you’re suffering from a sports injury and are looking for treatment options in the Raleigh, NC area, schedule an appointment today .
Dr. Jeffrey Gerdes, D.C.
“Chiropractic just makes you feel so much better,” says New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. “When I walk out of the clinic, I feel like I’m about three inches taller and everything’s in place. And as long as I see the chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game.”
“Let me tell you there is no better profession than chiropractic. Chiropractic is about health and fitness. Chiropractic is about natural, preventative health care. What you are doing, and I have experienced this for the last 30 years on my own body, means that whenever I have a problem- or even if I don’t have a problem- and I go to a chiropractor, my problems are gone for a long time. I am very fortunate to have, so-to-speak, my in-house chiropractor, Dr. Franco Columbo, as my own personal chiropractor. So I visit Franco regularly, and he comes over to my house. He adjusts my wife, my kids, me, everybody gets an adjustment. And we feel always great when Franco leaves. Even when I have athletic injuries he’s always there for me and helps me. You chiropractic doctors are really miracle workers.”
“I only wish I had tried chiropractic a few years ago when I first started having back pain and maybe surgery would never have happened. I feel it helps me recover sooner and prevent injuries. It’s about prevention so your body can function at optimum health.”
Jerry Rice –
“Most injuries require chiropractic care. It works better for me than anything else.”