Sports Injury Chiropractor
Athletes from all disciplines call on a chiropractor to help them maintain optimal body performance. The rigors of competitive sports require you to push your body to its limits. This constant limit testing means you are at high risk of sports injuries that require a sports chiropractors care.
Your nearest Chatsworth sports injury clinic is right where athletes live, at one of Chatsworth’s premier gyms.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick band of tissue that connects the toes to the heel bone, this is called the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis is a very common cause of chronic heel pain. It is most commonly seen in runners, people who are overweight, and people who wear unsupportive shoes. Plantar fasciitis most commonly affects people between the ages of 40 and 70.
Chiropractors that specialize in sports therapy like to solve the plantar fasciitis, but they also want find out what caused the problem in the first place. Chiropractors will recommend Achilles tendon stretching exercises to relieve the strain on the plantar fascia and expedite healing. They may also recommend custom made orthotics for your shoes. In more severe cases of plantar fasciitis, your chiropractor may recommend you wear a night splint, which will stretch the arch of your foot and calf while you sleep. This helps to lengthen the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia for symptom relief.
Tendonitis is a condition that occurs when a tendon that connects bone to muscle is overused or injured. The result is inflammation, pain and sometimes swelling. In the case of an injury where the tendon is stressed to otherwise injured, soft tissue around the area may also become involved.
Common types of tendonitis include runner’s knee, tennis elbow, and pitcher’s shoulder. Active people who play sports can develop tendonitis in the Achilles tendon, ankle, wrist, and even fingers.
Since tendonitis symptoms can be similar to other serious conditions, the chiropractor may use X-rays, MRIs, or CAT scans to make a positive diagnosis of tendonitis.
Once properly diagnosed, a chiropractor will develop a customized treatment plan that is natural and effective.
If there is severe inflammation, a good sports chiropractor may employ inflammation reducing techniques such as rest, ice, bracing, muscle stimulation, and other proven therapies. This will help loosen the tendon and reduce the inflammation.
Once the inflammation has been reduced, a chiropractor may begin massage, physical therapy, joint manipulation, or strengthening exercises. If the patient has diminished or limited joint mobility, then chiropractic manipulation or adjustments may be the best option.
Tennis Elbow Treatment
If you are experiencing pain on the outer part of the elbow and the upper part of the forearm, this could be “Tennis elbow”. This pain is due to inflammation of the tendon and bony protuberance at the outer part of the elbow, more formally named the “lateral epicondyle”.
This injury is caused by overuse of a tendon that inserts on the outside of the elbow called the common extensor tendon, which is the part of the muscle that bends the wrist into extension.
You will know you have “Tennis elbow” if there is pain over the outside elbow, which may travel up or down the arm. You may also experience, wrist weakness, tenderness over the outside of the elbow, pain when lifting or bending the arm, difficulty extending the forearm fully, and pain when gripping, lifting and carrying. This pain and discomfort can be considered chronic, and go on for a long time.
We have extensive experience in sports medicine and have successfully treated just about every sports injury out there. As an avid golfer, Dr. Gould is particularly attuned to the special and often misunderstood needs of patients suffering from golf injuries. There is a multifaceted approach to treating golf injuries that include not only chiropractic care to treat posture problems and pain management, but massage therapy, acupuncture, and exercise training as well.
Golfers frequently struggle with back pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain and wrist pain. As a gold chiropractor, Dr. Gould can fully examine each golf injury and map out a treatment plan that accelerates natural, non-invasive healing for the golfer, while also getting them back out on the course more quickly.
We must first assess the golfer’s posture and spinal alignment. These are the number one causes of pain for many golfers because these mis-alignments inhibit a proper golf swing and can easily lead to injuries. Sports chiropractic treatment will provide gentle, targeted spinal adjustments to bring the spine into optimal alignment, which will improve the golfer’s posture, swing form, and will relieve pain.
If you’re a CrossFit athlete, then you probably have a common goal of achieving overall health and wellness. Driven, hardworking and motivated, CrossFitters usually desire better health and well-being, placing value on striving for peak physical performance. This is achieved by their commitment to regular workouts, proper nutrition and adequate rest. Unfortunately, this type of aggressive wear and tear on your body requires ongoing maintenance, like regular chiropractic care and sports physical therapy.
CrossFit athletes often push themselves to their limits at every workout. This routinely leads to CrossFit injuries like spinal misalignment (also known as vertebral subluxation), a common condition occurring in the spine when a vertebra misaligns and puts stress on the nerves. They may not feel pain right away, as pain is the last sign of an injury. But the misalignment will lead to improper posture and restricted range of motion, which will inhibit their ability to work out to their fullest capabilities and can eventually lead to a more severe injury.
CrossFit and chiropractic care are both lifestyle philosophies that share a goal: maximizing the body’s full potential. Even stress that is good for the body, such as physical exercise, can lead to spinal misalignment. By working in ongoing chiropractic care into their training program from the beginning, Crossfitters can improve their peak athletic performance.
All Types of Sports Injuries
A sports chiropractor is the best friend to all athletes. Ongoing body maintenance and sports injury treatment is critical in maintaining top performance.
There are many types of sports injuries that a good chiropractor can treat:
- Baseball injuries commonly include rotator cuff tears and elbow injuries
- Football injuries come in the form of knee injuries and acl injuries
- Running injuries usually include hamstring injuries and calf injuries
- Hokey injuries are common to be ankle injuries and wrist injuries
- Basketball injuries include all types of leg injuries
Sports Chiropractic Treatment
Decompression Table Therapy
Spinal decompression therapy involves stretching the spine while using a specially designed traction machine that was developed to relieve your back and neck pain, due to arthritis, a bulging disc or herniated disk. This treatment is especially effective for sciatica. Spinal decompression tables use the same basic principle of traditional manual adjustments that have been offered by chiropractors for many years.
Spinal decompression treatment relieves back and neck pain, and creates healing environment for bulging, herniated, or degenerating discs. This optimal healing environment create the right amount of pressure to encourage retraction or repositioning of the herniated or bulging disc. This lower pressure in the disc will allow healing nutrients and other substances into the disc.
In spinal decompression therapy, the spine is relaxed and stretched intermittently in a very calculated and controlled manner.
Chiropractor Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is a FDA cleared non-invasive chiropractic technique to help reduce upper back and neck pain and inflammation. Deep tissue laser therapy speeds up your body’s own organic healing process by drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. These chiropractic lasers work by filling the targeted tissue with photons that energize cells resulting in an increased circulation and pain reduction to the injured area.
Laser therapy treatments must be applied directly to skin which will cause you to feel a soothing warmth sensation as the therapy is administered. This therapy will last between 5 and 10 minutes, it will trigger an 18-24 hour process of modulated cellular activity, which will lead to the decreased pain and inflammation.
All types of sports injuries can be treated with the help of a chiropractor. There are many chiropractic sports injuries treatment options; manual adjustments, decompression table therapy, or even the most technologically advanced deep tissue laser therapy. Book your appointment with chatsworth's best chiroprator today!