An Indianapolis sports injury chiropractor has the ability to get an athlete back to competition quickly and effectively. The basic knowledge of human biomechanics puts a chiropractor at the top of the list for finding a professional to treat your musculoskeletal injury. Young athletes to the weekend warriors have the potential to benefit from chiropractic care and sports rehabilitation.
A sports injury chiropractor even have the training to be on-field physicians for various sporting events. However, this is not typical and can even be rare. Athletes are patients that are very physically fit and motivated to stay that way. Athletes are physically and mentally different from sedentary patients. This makes an athlete able to recover quicker.
While the professional prerequisites are obtained in the regular chiropractic education, on-site athletic care is often a far different experience than that of general practice. Innumerable cranial, spinal, and extremity contusions, strains, sprains, fractures, subluxations, dislocations, and soft tissue trauma are encountered by the chiropractor.
It is also observed that the cumulative effects of constant athletic small stresses over a long duration can give rise to the same difficulties as severe sudden stress. Spinal injuries in sports constitute only about three percent of all athletic injuries. Thus, the chiropractor must be well prepared to manage the various musculoskeletal injuries that occur away from the spine.
While conditioning is emphasized in athletics, the motivation is frequently on winning, rather than on prevention of injury. While this seems illogical, chiropractors handling athletic injuries must understand this if they are to properly evaluate and provide service. The development of cooperation between team physician, family physician and chiropractor helps to reduce the problem of conflicting opinions, often delivered to an already confused athlete. The typical family doctor has little knowledge of the practicalities involved in specialized sports injury management, and should accept logical procedures and recommendations when explained by the chiropractor.
The chiropractic approach toward athletic injuries has demonstrated that everyone is better served by having the injured player promptly and ably treated, thereby obtaining recovery before irreparable damage is done.
The chiropractor must become not only the doer, but also the teacher. The chiropractor with a special interest in athletes must be prepared to handle their injuries, and must in turn pass this information on to other physicians. It must be recognized that in the management of athletic injuries, the patient must get complete recovery, or he or she is no longer an athlete.
Sports chiropractic and chiropractic rehabilitation have received a considerable amount of attention in recent years. Some of the reasons for the increased awareness and interest are the publicity afforded the injuries of professional athletes; the injuries resulting from the increased participation by individuals in physical fitness and recreational athletics; and the government's role in encouraging physical fitness through the president's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
If you or your child has experienced a sports injury don't wait any longer, give us a call at 317-228-9701 to set up a no obligation consultation. We can work closely with athletic trainers, as well as other physicians to get you out of pain quickly.
Reference: Christensen, DC, DACRB, CCSP, CSCS, Kim. "Sports Injuries and Chiropractic Care." Dynamic Chiropractic 28.16 (1997). Web.