Half of all boys and a quarter of all girls present as patients to a chiropractor Little Falls MN due to participating in sports. Generally, those who participate in sports do so for fun, but also to: improve self-confidence, avoid boredom, stay healthy and fit, socialize, develop discipline, and achieve goals.
The Young Athlete
The young athlete’s recovery is, in many ways, different than that of an adult. This is mostly due to the immaturity of their muscles, nerves, and joints. Specifically:
- Weakness of bone
- Different rate of growth of various tissues
- Misalignment of joints
- Imbalanced muscle strength
- Lax ligaments
Due to this and other factors, when a young athlete is injured, it is important that they are assessed and treated by a chiropractor Little Falls MN and experience in this field. Why? Because we do not grow out of problems as many people mistakenly believe. Quite the opposite. If left unaddressed, the problem will grow in us. In fact, it is believed that many chronic problems seen in adults can be traced back to injuries that occurred at a young age.
The Adult Athlete
For the adult athlete it’s particularly imperative that the body be supported through the healing process to ensure a quick and full recovery. Regardless of age, muscles, joints, and nerves must be addressed by a chiropractor Little Falls MN to ensure a quick return to athletic performance.
Common causes of adult athletic injury:
- Weakness of muscle
- Misalignment of joints
- Degeneration of joints
- Imbalanced muscle from disuse
- Acting stupid (especially men) 😊
At Chiro Plus Rehab we’ve created an environment where athletes, both young and old, can get the best possible chiropractor Little Falls MN care for a speedy and full recovery. It starts with a thorough assessment that checks joint alignment, nerve health, muscle strength and balance, and the integrity of the cartilage (spinal discs), tendon, and bone. When needed, we also take digital x-rays. This is all to determine the extent of the injury but also what’s needed to ensure a complete and full recovery.
Furthermore, in athletics prevention of injury must be a focus for anyone wanting to perform their best and for as long as possible. Unknown to many athletes (and parents of athletes) is that many injuries that occur could have been prevented by a chiropractor Little Falls MN. The body has many tell-tale signs when and where is injury is about to occur. Uncovering those signs is done through a series of movements that screen for muscle strength, coordination, balance, and joint mobility called a Functional Movement Screen. For years this tool has been by trainers, physical therapists, and chiropractors for professional and college athletes. At Chiro Plus Rehab, while we’ve worked with our fair share of upper level athletes, we believe that even the Weekend Athlete can benefit from seeing a chiropractor Little Falls MN, which is why it is an integral part of our evaluation process for our patients more concerned about performance than pain.
The standard approach to sports injuries is combination or ice/heat, rest, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and maybe physical therapy. At Chiro Plus Rehab we combine adjustments, hands-on muscle therapy, therapeutic exercises and Corrective Movement Therapy as well as passive modalities like ultrasound to eliminate pain and help the body heal as quickly as possible. We also provide sport-specific advice—even how to cross-train for better performance—and then we provide you with self-care advice to keep things good once they’re there. Why? Because our goal is to be the chiropractor Little Falls MN that provides the most complete physical care experience possible so you or your child can get back to doing the things you love… especially sports!
A Doctor’s Note
One of the biggest mistakes this chiropractor Little Falls MN sees athletes make is thinking that once the pain is gone, they’re healthy and ready for athletic performance again. Consider this, a child suffers a sprain/strain of the calf while running. After the injury they’ll likely be told to ice, rest, compress, and elevate the injury (sound advice) and maybe to take an anti-inflammatory (not so sound advice). Then once the pain is down, they’ll start participating in running again. Here’s what’s being missed: after injury the tissue gets inflamed—that’s what makes you feel pain—but after the “inflammation phase” there is a “repair phase” that the tissues go through and it’s during this second phase that the injury actually heals. Many athletes don’t properly support their injuries through their “repair phase” which leaves them weak, imbalance, ripe for re-injury and (you guessed it) more pain.
If you or your child is injured, and you want to ensure that the body heals completely it’s crucial that your body be fully supported through the repair phase. This may seem weird, but as a chiropractor Little Falls MN I’ve learned to view athletic injury as a gift because it allows you the opportunity to reassess what you’re doing, figure out how to do it better, and if properly treated you can come out stronger and faster than ever before.
Stay in the game!
So if you or your child has suffered a sports injury, don’t wait. Give us a call at 320-632-9224 and schedule your $37 New Patient Special today. Protect yourself from injury and heal faster by calling this chiropractor Little Falls MN.