Can a Chiropractor Speed Up My Sports Injury Recovery?

Every day you are on the sidelines because of a sports injury may seem like an eternity. It keeps you away from doing what you love. Chiropractic care focuses on providing adjustments and natural spinal manipulations. It promotes natural healing and effective pain relief. This allows the body to get its full strength back more quickly than medication and surgery.


There are different reasons why athletes get injuries. They range from not warming up properly, overtraining, forceful impacts, to repetitive motions and more. Regular visits to the chiropractor will help you recover quickly and reduce the risk of injury.


Types of Injuries Your Chiropractor Can Treat


Your chiropractor can come up with a custom healing plan for you. This will depend on your injury and the sport you play. Chiropractors offer therapies to heal from injuries that include:


  • Achilles tendinitis

  • Fractures

  • Shin splints

  • Sciatica

  • Dislocations

  • Pinched nerves

  • Herniated discs

  • Back and neck pain

  • Strains and sprains

  • Shoulder and arm pain

  • Leg and knee injuries

  • Groin injuries

  • Headaches

  • Concussions


If you have a concussion, fracture, or dislocation, you may have to first see your doctor. Chiropractic care will help you get your balance back after the healing.


The Treatment


To start with, your chiropractor will ask you about your health. They will then examine your balance, posture, and spine. This will check your structure.


In addition to your structure, they will check your back and extremities. This will include your ligaments, tendons, and joints. This determines the best treatment for you. The two common treatment techniques are spinal mobilization and spinal manipulation.


Spinal Mobilization


Mobilization is ideal for patients needing a gentle approach. It uses simple stretches and tools to help release pressure in the joints.


Spinal Manipulation


The chiropractor places you in different positions and performs manual impulse on your injury. This aligns your muscles and releases pressure on your joints, helping them work the right way.


Other Treatments


In addition to mobilization and manipulation, your chiropractor may use other treatments. These include heat or electric stimulation and RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation).


Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment


Some injuries prevent blood from flowing to areas of injury. Chiropractic treatment helps improve blood flow. This, in turn, helps the white blood cells and nutrients reach those areas faster and heal faster. Nerve pressure relief deals with tingling, numbness, and pain. The manual impulse to align muscles and release pressure on joints improves your range of motion.


Other treatments like massage, heat or electrical stimulation, and soft tissue mobilization ease spasms and muscle pain. In addition to helping your injury heal faster, chiropractic treatment can help reduce your risk of injury.


With full recovery, chiropractic treatment can help you improve your performance. This will help you reduce your risk of injury. When your joints move freely with the full range of motion, your risk of injury reduces.


For more on speeding up sports injuries, contact Whiplash Pain Center at our offices in Summerville, Charleston, or North Charleston, South Carolina. You can call (843) 281-7837, (843) 972-7246, or (843) 636-7246 today to schedule an appointment.

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