A huge proportion of sports related injuries are what those in the medical profession identify as repetitive motion injuries. Almost all sports involve some sort of repetitive motion. Golfers repetitively swing a club. Tennis players repetitively swing a racquet. Baseball players repetitively throw the ball. A wide variety of sports and physical exercise require repetitive running and/or squatting movements. These repetitive motions often result in reduced or painful range of motion, inflammation, as well as problems caused by calcium deposits and the formation of scar tissue.
Common impairment caused by repetitive motion affects the shoulders, elbows, hands, wrists, knees, ankles, and feet. A chiropractor treats these injuries with joint mobilization therapy. A proper course of mobilization therapy can often restore normal range of motion as well as reduce scar tissue and improve blood circulation – all of which both treat the injury, as well as assist in preventing future injury. Augusta GA Chiropractor Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic also incorporates the latest in sports injury rehabilitation: cold laser therapy. Combined with chiropractic treatment, cold laser treatments not only reduce the inflammation in a variety of sports injuries, but further reduces scar tissue and aids in muscle healing.
A List of Some Common Sports Injuries We Treat
Tendonitis - More than 4 million Americans see a physician each year for tendonitis symptoms. If tendonitis is mainly a disorder of inflammation, it makes sense to find treatments designed to reduce inflammation. Chiropractic is a drug free, hands-on approach to lessening inflammation. With good chiropractic treatment, tendonitis can heal and the person can prevent reinjuring the affected area.
Illiotibial Band Syndrome (IT Band Syndrome) -Through specific muscle work and condition-specific adjustments, we have been able to get athletes back into competitive shape for training and competitions. Our athlete-specific treatments address the inflammation behind the condition, as well as the soft-tissue injury, followed by addressing structural issues through adjustments. In addition, the same factors that cause ITBS will also frequently cause other issues, particularly tight hip flexors and sacro-iliac joint dysfunction. All related problem areas are integrated into the treatment to ensure maximum recovery. Local Augusta GA athlete Natalie was suffering from ITBS when she came in for treatment. With ITBS-specific treatments, Natalie was able to resume her running and biking regimen.
Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) - Seeing an experienced chiropractor in Augusta GA for a non-invasive treatment and mobilization of the shoulder can restore movement and restore the ability to participate in daily activities once restricted by frozen shoulder. Particularly, this is where chiropractic manipulation has an advantage over other specialties. Chiropractic used in the treatment of frozen shoulder addresses the most practical issue of all: getting the body to move easier, and the person back to an active lifestyle. Once the body is aligned and can move with fewer restrictions, the need for pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory medications is either decreased or eliminated.
Plantar Fasciitis - Because there’s little inflammation, anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen, are unlikely to aid in healing the problem. As experienced chiropractors in Augusta GA, Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic has successfully helped a wide range of plantar fasciitis sufferers with our customized, condition-specific treatments. Scar tissue adhesions located within and between soft-tissues are best removed using soft-tissue therapy, and in addition to providing this specialized form of treatment, we are also one of the few clinics in the Augusta GA area able to provide cold laser treatments, which have research-backed studies displaying its effectiveness in treating plantar fasciitis. A recent patient, Jami, had made the long drive from Waynesboro GA to receive our plantar fasciitis-specific treatments, and in short period of time, she made a full and successful recovery with our treatments.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome - The most common cause of thoracic outlet syndrome is pressure on the nerves or blood vessels that go to the arms. Sometimes this pressure is caused by an extra first rib or an old fracture of the clavicle, which makes the space of the thoracic outlet narrower. In the vast majority of neurological Thoracic Outlet Syndrome cases, a conservative, non-surgical approach to treatment is most effective, especially when the condition is diagnosed early. Recent Patient Chelsea was encouraged to come to Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic for her Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. With our care targeted specifically for her condition, Chelsea is now doing great, and has resumed activities she previously was unable to do, such as lifting with her right arm.
This is just a partial list of the sports injury conditions we regularly treat in our office, for both weekend warriors and professional athletes. You can contact our friendly staff at (706) 814-5053 to schedule a complimentary consultation, so that we can determine if you would be a candidate for our customized treatments.
The Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic Blog is written by Dr. Mark Huntsman.
Augusta GA Chiropractor Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic provides customized chiropractic care to the Augusta GA, Martinez GA, and Evans GA communities. Visit our main website at www.georgia-clinic.com for customized treatments with a chiropractor in Augusta GA.