One common misconception about chiropractors is that we only focus on the spine and not on other parts of the body. While we are experts in back pain, neck pain, sciatica, and headaches we are also knowledgeable about injuries that happen to other areas to the body. Injuries to the shoulder, ankle, and knee are especially common in sports settings. These sports injuries can heal very well with chiropractic adjustments or manipulation, physiotherapy treatments, exercises, and stretches. Lets go over some common sports injuries that chiropractic care can help.
Ankle Sprains - Most ankle sprains are inversion ankle sprains which means the outside of your foot hits the ground causing stress and tears on the lateral or outside ligaments of your ankles. With these type of ankle sprains along with other types of ankle sprains chiropractic care can be very effective. Some common treatments for ankle sprains would be manipulation of the joints of the ankle to help improve mobility, therapeutic ultrasound to damaged ligaments in order to promote healing, and exercises to help strengthen stabilizing muscles of the ankle.
Knee Injuries - There are many structures that can be damaged with knee pain. The knee has meniscus, multiple ligaments, and many muscles that help to stabilize the area. With a impact injury on the knee complex, one of these structures might experience a sprain or a tear. The knee is also a common area where arthritis can occur. With knee injuries knee traction can be helpful to help relieve pressure off the meniscus resulting in less pain and relaxing tight muscles. Along with traction, exercises and stretches of the quadriceps, calf, and hamstring muscles can help get rid of pain.
Rotator cuff strains - The shoulder is a complex joint offering more mobility due to reliance on the rotator cuff muscles to keep the joints of the shoulder stabilized. Due to the rotator cuff muscles doing most of the stabilization for the joint this puts more pressure on these muscles which can result in strains which can vary from small micro tears to complete tears of the muscles. With milder strains we can help you by focusing on maintaining mobility in the shoulder capsule with adjustments, exercises, and stretches. Therapeutic ultrasound is great in helping to promote healing of the damaged muscles along with electric muscle stimulation.
Wrist tendonitis - Overuse of the muscles in your wrist can cause inflammation in your wrist tendons. This can make it difficult to do small tasks while at work or even difficult to return back to playing your sport of choice. With manipulation of the wrists we can help to decrease pain in the wrist and forearm. Along with stretching of the forearm muscles we can help decrease inflammation with therapeutic ultrasound and electric muscle stimulation. We can also do massage to the forearm muscles to help get them to relax which will take pressure off the wrist tendons.
There are many more conditions that chiropractic care can help. If you have any questions about if your condition can be treated with chiropractic care please give us a call. We will more than happily answer your questions and make sure you get the care you need.