Whether you’re a college athlete or a recreational runner, you rely on your body to function properly so you can feel and perform your best. When you incur a knee or ankle injury on one side of your body, you overcompensate using the other side of your body – leading to extra stress on the spine and creating more pain. On the other hand, if you are experiencing back or neck pain to begin with, your shoulders and hips can’t move as much as they need to in order to throw or kick.
Dr. D’s sports injury treatment addresses your body as a whole as she works to align the spine, joints, and muscles to relieve pain and restore the range of motion in your legs and arms. She develops a care plan based on age, condition and health objectives. A sports injury treatment plan in Dr. D’s office usually includes:
- Assessment of how the injury happened
- Spinal manipulations to get the body back in alignment
- Physical therapy in the office
- Recommendations for stretches and exercises at home to speed recovery
- Recommendations on nutritional foods that can aid in the recovery of muscles and joints
- When recovered, a maintenance plan to keep your body working well
I was so proud of myself for finally starting a running program, but so frustrated when I tore my ACL. Dr. D’s adjustments helped me to keep moving and stay flexible as I recovered, and I was back on the road in just a couple of months.
Is there such a thing as growing pains?
Most of us have heard our kids complain about a hip hurting a few days after a soccer game, or a shoulder that bothers them after every basketball practice. Many parents write these off as “growing pains” and assume they’ll go away, but a child complaining about pain is a real concern. A chiropractor trained in sports injury care knows what to look for with growing bones, joints and muscles and can determine the reason for the pain. Regular chiropractic checkups in children can ensure that kids’ bodies are aligned properly before each new sport season begins.