What Sports Chiropractic Can Treat

A “sports chiropractor” is a

chiropractor who specializes in the treatment and performance of athletes. Generally, a sports chiropractor has more tools in his/her toolbox than most other chiropractors. This may include manual soft tissue techniques, instrument assisted soft tissue techniques, and a wealth of corrective exercises at his/her disposal. In addition to these tools, a sports chiropractor has the ability to move away from just treating the spine and move into treating the extremities in a highly specific and organized way while still able to treat musculoskeletal injuries of the spine. Therefore, a sports chiropractor can provide “classic chiropractic” care and also so much more.

Many patients who enter my office expect me to lay them on the table and “crack” them every which way because other chiropractors have told them that will fix whatever problem they have. They end up going through a treatment session

with me as a much more active participant either through active myofascial release or corrective exercises. I have found that active therapy rather than passive therapy improves patient outcomes dramatically but it takes a thorough history and exam to understand what the correct exercises are for each individual patient. My goal is to get my patients functioning optimally as quickly as possible and each patient has different levels of function that we must address on an individualized basis rather than performing a chiropractic manipulation and then send you on your way until next week. We diagnose the cause and then give you the tools to eliminate it.

I treat a variety of dysfunctional musculoskeletal regions of the body. Plantar fasciitis, knee pain, hip pain, rib pain, shoulder impingement, tennis/golfer’s/little league elbow, hand and wrist pain, as well as general low back, upper back, and neck pain. If we understand the cause then we can use the tools available to eliminate the dysfunction. Some patients have poor mobility and that is causing the

dysfunction, others have poor stability, and some are just not getting enough activity throughout the day especially while working from home. All of these issues can be solved in my office while empowering the patient to become an active participant in their care. The less time you spend in my office, the more time you have to do the things you enjoy while functioning at your best. That is always my goal with each patient.