As with all matters of health and wellness, there is no one-size-fits-all condition that leads patients to seek chiropractic care. In terms of sports injuries, many patients sustain traumatic injury while participating in high contact sports. That could include injuries sustained on a football field, during rugby practice, or even from an unplanned collision on the soccer field. Many professional athletes have a chiropractor on their team of medical support staff, and consider chiropractic care away of both addressing injuries and pain and supporting optimal physical performance. Chiropractic care often extends beyond the treatment of injuries and is used to increase performance, improve sleeping patterns and provide a boost in emotional health and mental acuity, all of which translate into better performance.
No, and in fact the vast majority of patients who seek chiropractic care for sports injuries are not professional athletes. Anyone who exerts physical effort in work, play or exercise can sustain a sports injury. In many cases, injuries are not at a level that requires emergency medical treatment, but can still lead to significant pain and ongoing problems with normal function. Examples include sprains, strains, and minor muscle tears. Chiropractic care can assist patients with these and many other issues related to sports injuries.
As with all types of chiropractic care, treatment begins with a thorough diagnostic evaluation. Once a chiropractor is confident about the cause and extent of injury, a customized treatment plan is created. Patients may benefit from spinal manipulation, targeted therapeutic massage, a regimen of professionally designed stretching and exercise or many other treatment approaches. What makes chiropractic care such a powerful tool in addressing sports injuries is the fact that each and every patient is treated as a distinct individual, with a unique set of needs, goals, and abilities.