With spring and summer just around the corner, people are excited to get outdoors again and play their favorite sports. For many, the upcoming season may just be their first one back after limping away last season with a sport injury. Now, after a winter of athletic rehabilitation, they’re itching to get back out there and play the game they love!
Whether you tore an ACL playing soccer or threw out your back during a round of golf, it’s best to have sports injuries checked out by a chiropractor after a visit to your general medical professional. While the injury might appear to be localized on the surface—such as a leg or foot injury—it can have widespread effects in other parts of the body, including your spine.
A chiropractor may not be as knowledgeable as a physiotherapist or an athletic trainer when it comes to a sports injury, but they’re an unparalleled expert in spine health. The team at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA often assists patients in maintaining or restoring spine health after their recovery from a sports-related injury. We’ll work with you to try and get your spine into tip-top shape before you’re back on the field again.
How sports injuries affect the spine
Generally, sports injuries that require rehabilitation are disruptive enough to an athlete’s lifestyle. If they take a toll on the spine in addition to the localized area, however, it goes beyond just athletic setback. If you’ve suffered a sports injury, you might experience long-term symptoms such as:
- Knee, shoulder, neck, or back pain;
- Numbness and tingling running up and down the legs and arms;
- Frequent headaches;
- Pinched or damaged nerves;
- Soft tissue damage;
- Joint pain.
Unless it’s just a minor scrape or bruise, your sports injury probably has some connection to your spine. The spine plays a major role in the central nervous system as the transmitter between the brain and nerve endings throughout the body. Therefore, any true rehabilitation program should also take spinal integrity into account.
How chiropractic helps athletes
A trained chiropractor starts with a full evaluation of your injury, including any surgeries or rehabilitative care you may have already received. This may also include additional X-rays, along with a conversation about how the injury occurred and your symptoms since the incident. The chiropractor’s goal is to learn as much as possible to understand the best path forward. At Stability Health Center, we rely on the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) modality when assessing individual patient health.
Every injury is different, so your chiropractor will work from an angle that best fits your unique condition. You might need to re-stabilize the body following a leg or foot injury. You may need to rehabilitate soft tissue after a concussion. Chiropractic can even help nerve recovery by increasing nutrient flow to the nerves and opening up pathways. A tailored approach works to translate your current (often compromised) spine health back to the pinnacle of wellness.
Have you suffered a sports injury? Then come see the medical professionals at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA. We want to help you overcome any lingering effects from the incident that may be keeping you from performing your best. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to learn more.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.