How Chiropractic Care Can Treat a Sports Injury

How Chiropractic Care Can Help a Sports Injury As an athlete, you understand that participating in a sport is physically demanding. Whether you’re running, tackling or jumping, each time you play, you take a risk of incurring a painful strain, tear, or sprain.

At our chiropractic office in Longview, WA, Family Chiropractic Care treats many patients who have suffered sports injuries. The right chiropractic care can not only help heal your injury, but also help prevent new ones from occurring in the future.  

How a Chiropractor Can Help

Sports injuries typically occur because of over-training, not warming up properly, repetitive movements and forceful impacts. A chiropractor is specially trained to treat and help prevent injuries of the back, neck, knee, shoulder and ankle. They also perform manual adjustments of the spine, which relieves tension throughout the body and ensures that your bones are properly aligned.

After a thorough examination, a chiropractor will determine which treatment option is the best choice for your injury. Two of the most common treatments for sports injuries include spinal mobilization and spinal manipulation.  

Spinal Manipulation

The goal of spinal manipulation is to release pressure on the joint and align muscles, so your joints can work properly. The treatment process is simple: your chiropractor will place you in various positions, and a manual impulse will be performed on the joint.

Impulses can sometimes cause a “cracking” sound, which is known as cavitation. Cavitation is caused by a release of gas that occurs when the joint opens up.

Spinal Mobilization

When patients require a gentler approach to treatment, spinal mobilization may be recommended. This technique uses simple stretches and tools to release some of the pressure in the joints.

Additional Treatment Methods

Many chiropractors also incorporate other treatment methods into the mix when treating sports injuries. Massage, ice, heat and electric stimulation are just a few methods your chiropractor might consider.

Preventing Injury

Injuries can also be prevented with the help of a chiropractor. A thorough evaluation can help your chiropractor detect any imbalances in the spine or muscles. Tension can also be alleviated, so natural motion can be restored.

All chiropractors are specially trained to alleviate pain caused by tension, but some chiropractors choose to specialize in sports injuries. If you’re suffering from a chronic sports injury or advanced pain, consider seeing a chiropractor who has experience treating athletes.

After the initial injury has been treated and successfully healed, consider getting regular check-ups to prevent future injuries and keep your body running in tip top shape.

Sports Injury Treatment Longview WA

If you have suffered a sports injury, Family Chiropractic Care can determine a treatment plan to alleviate pain, prevent further injury and most importantly, get you back to the sport you love! Contact us today at (360) 636-2636 to schedule your appointment!