February 9, 2023
You’re no Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant. You just want to play pickup hoops with your buddies. It’s great exercise, and you get to spend time playing a sport you love. It also feels amazing when you make a difficult shot! Although you’re not professional by any means, you can still fall victim to sports injuries. Without a team of athletic trainers to help you, how can you get back to ideal health again?
A chiropractor may not be the very first medical provider you call after a sports injury, but they should be on your list! Read on to learn what a chiropractor can do for you and how they can help you recover as quickly as possible.
Types of Sports Injuries a Chiropractor Can Treat
Unless you break a bone or have a massive soft tissue injury like tearing your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), many medical professionals tell you to take it easy, take pain medications, and apply ice. On the other hand, chiropractors take your body’s natural alignment and healing processes into account. After all, everything—including joints, tendons, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and more—needs to be stable and healthy to keep your body functioning at its best.
If you struggle with any of the following, you should see a chiropractor as part of your overall recovery plan:
- Back, neck, or shoulder pain
- Chronic knee pain
- Repetitive motion injuries like tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Muscle sprains or strains
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy after other medical treatments
How a Chiropractor Can Help
In addition to instructions on how to properly nurse and rehabilitate an injury at home, your chiropractor can do treatments that other doctors don’t. For example, in the case of back pain, whether from muscle strain or a slipped disc, your chiropractor can ease your spine back into alignment without more drastic measures, relieving your pain and restoring your body to its natural state using non-invasive adjustments.
Some chiropractors also take advantage of the latest technology in cold laser therapy to help with both hard and soft tissue injuries. This treatment only takes a few minutes, is completely pain free, and activates the cells in the injured area, allowing them to draw in more nutrients, reducing inflammation, and encouraging faster healing.
Even if you only play for fun and exercise, you shouldn’t have to permanently stop participating in sports because of an injury. By turning to your chiropractor, you can more quickly recover and return to the court, ready to take on your basketball buddies and win!
About the Author
Both as a chiropractor and an athlete, Dr. Chad Wills believes in maintaining an active lifestyle. In his practice, Wills Chiropractic, he provides adjustments, rehabilitation, and other therapies. Each patient receives individualized attention and a customized treatment plan according to their unique needs. Would you like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wills? Request one online or call us at 239-331-6060.
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