Understanding and Treating Sports Injuries with Chiropractic Care

A conservative approach to diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal injuries

Are you an athlete, or do you participate in sports for fun? If so, then you’re probably familiar with the risk of injuries. Sports injuries can occur in countless ways, from minor sprains and strains to severe fractures or concussions. Regardless of their severity, one thing is certain: they can seriously disrupt your routine and performance.

What are Sports Injuries?

Sports injuries typically fall into two categories: acute and overuse injuries.

Acute injuries occur suddenly during activity, like ankle sprains, fractures, or dislocation.

Overuse injuries, on the other hand, happen over time due to repetitive strain on a muscle, joint, or tendon. These could include stress fractures, tennis elbow, or runner’s knee.

Chiropractic care is an excellent resource for those who've experienced a sports injury.

At Sipe Spine and Sport, we specialize in managing these injuries with a patient-centered approach that aims to speed recovery, improve performance, and prevent future injuries. At Sipe Spine and Sport, we specialize in managing these injuries with a patient-centered approach that aims to speed recovery, improve performance, and prevent future injuries.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

The primary goal of chiropractic care is to restore the body’s function while reducing pain and inflammation. For sports injuries, this could involve treatments like spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, or rehabilitation exercises.

Spinal adjustments can help restore proper alignment and function to the joints, reducing inflammation and promoting healing[1]. This treatment can be particularly beneficial for athletes who’ve experienced injuries to their spine or have developed imbalances due to the repetitive nature of their sport.

Soft tissue therapy, such as Active Release Techniques (ART) or Graston technique, can help break down scar tissue, improve flexibility, and enhance overall movement[2].

Rehabilitative exercises are designed to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility[3]. These exercises are typically customized to the individual’s needs and the specific demands of their sport.

At Sipe Spine and Sport, we use a range of cutting-edge modalities to assist our athletes in their recovery.

NormaTec recovery boots utilize a dynamic compression device designed for recovery and rehab[4]. These boots help athletes recover faster between trainings and after performance by reducing muscle soreness and improving circulation.

Myofascial release is a manual therapy technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure to the myofascial connective tissue. This helps to eliminate pain and restore motion[5].

Cupping therapy uses suction to facilitate the flow of ‘qi’ in the body’s meridians. This can help speed up recovery from sports injuries by promoting blood flow and healing to the affected area[6].

Class IV laser therapy uses infrared light which can penetrate deeply into the body to reduce inflammation and pain, accelerate tissue repair and cell growth, improve circulation and nerve function, and reduce scar tissue formation[7].

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive treatment that involves delivery of shock waves to injured soft tissue to reduce pain and promote healing[8].

We not only aim to treat the symptoms but also the root cause of your pain and discomfort. With a thorough assessment, we can identify the underlying issues that led to injury and customize a treatment plan to get you back on track and keep you there.

Whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, Sipe Spine and Sport is here to support your health, performance, and recovery. Don’t let a sports injury keep you sidelined.

At Sipe Sport and Spine, we provide a comprehensive range of treatment options that can help you live the life you deserve. Dr. Matthew Sipe is your trusted source for pain relief and holistic care. Schedule an appointment today!