Over the years of treating sports injuries, I have developed several treatment protocols that have benefited many athletes: from those who thought their athletic careers were over but were able to regain their position on the field, all the way down to the many “weekend warriors” who thought they were going to have to slow down but were able to stay very active. It is very rewarding to help these people because they thought they were going to have to give up being active. Many of the protocols I use have grown from the experience gained in treating these conditions.
Prior to coming to me, some of these patients received poor treatment. Many of them did nothing for their pain. They didn’t know there was a treatment. I have literally treated hundreds of patients for sports injuries who came to see me for back or neck pain. They mention an arm or leg injury in passing, just hoping I can do something. It’s unfortunate that so many people don’t realize there is help for these injuries.
HOW TREATING SPORTS INJURIES DIFFERS FROM OTHER INJURIES
There really isn’t a difference. A tendonitis is tendonitis; a strained muscle is a strained muscle. The difference in treating sports injuries is in emphasis and experience. We emphasize treating the types of injuries seen with athletics, and we have the experience and correct treatment protocols for tendonitis, muscle spasm, etc.
In our office we combine chiropractic, physical therapy (heat, ice, muscle stimulation, stretching and more), massage therapy, supports (including taping), braces, and lifestyle modifications (e.g., individualized advice, nutrition, home exercise, ergonomics, etc.) to treat the types of injuries that occur with athletic activity.
Let me give you a brief example of knee injuries. One of the most common sports injuries we treat is knee pain. Most knee injuries are not the full blown “buckling” of the knee (that might require surgery), but much simpler knee sprains/strains. These injuries are comprised of muscle spasm, tendonitis, and swelling. We restore normal function to the knee by treating the muscles of the thigh (which attach to the tendons of the knee) as well as treating the tendons of the knee. Most people with knee pain don’t know that their thigh muscles are involved, but they are. In fact, thigh muscle spasms are usually the primary problem. Knee tendonitis is a secondary problem.
It is the experienced doctor who knows to treat the thigh muscles for knee pain. The experienced doctor will have good protocols from treating the thigh muscle spasm and knee tendonitis.
Injuries that require surgery or an orthopedic consult (tearing of ligaments, tendons, meniscus, etc.) are referred out to the appropriate physician.
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