Many people only know Chiropractors to treat the back and neck, what they don’t often know is that our 5-year university degree has equipped us to deal with every joint in the body, be it shoulder, hip or toes.
Chiropractors can also treat sports injuries. That’s why most sporting teams have a resident chiropractor on hand.
Initial injury management
Anytime you have an acute injury that happens during playing sport or doing physical activity, the safest strategies to use is R.I.C.E
Rest- Stop doing the activity that caused the injury
Ice – This reduces any swelling/inflammation that may be causing pain. Heat will increase inflammation
Compress- you can use the ice pack to compress the area to reduce blood supply
Elevate- reduce the swelling and get the fluid from swelling back to the heart e.g if you sprained you lie down and elevate the ankle above chest height.
How does the injury to the leg and arm joints affect the spine
One concept that is sometimes new to people is that the body works as one. For example, Joints such as the hips and the shoulder joint attach almost directly to and share the many muscles with the spine. Therefore, when treating sporting injuries, it is important to look at the patient as a whole and assess not only the joint that is in pain but the structures surrounding it.
Commonly, a single joint injury can cause adaptive changes in the body putting stress on the surrounding joints. For example, a patient that has sprained their ankle compensates for the pain by limping around, which in turn can put extra pressure on the knees, hips and low back. Thus it is sometimes important during recovery after a sporting injury to treat the joints/muscles above and below the injury site.
What can a Chiropractor do for sport injuries
As mentioned previously a Chiropractor is trained to treat almost every joint in the body, be it in the spine, knee, hip or ankle. We are trained to stretch muscles and mobilise/ adjust joints that would have spasmed and stiffened from the injury. We also assess which muscles may need strengthening to rehabilitate the joints back to pre injury state. We look at the body as a whole and make sure we treat other appropriate joints that may have been indirectly effected by the injury.
Whether you go to a specific sports injury clinic or a chiropractor who help treat sports injuries, many of the treatment methods will be similar.
Sports Injury Clinic Dulwich Hill
If you’re looking for advice from an experienced chiropractor who can treat sports injuries, feel free to contact our clinic today.
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Suite B, 390 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill NSW 2203