Sports injuries can affect athletes and exercise enthusiasts of all ages and may prevent you from reaching your athletic or fitness goals. For help with recovery, see the experts at Greater Lowell Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in Lowell, Massachusetts. Led by John Broderick, DC, and Patricia Tamburro, DC, the team offers thorough evaluation and treatment of all common sports injuries so you can get back in the game sooner. Call or schedule an appointment online today to get started.
Yes, chiropractors have advanced training in the diagnosis and management of many sports injuries. The team at Greater Lowell Chiropractic & Rehabilitation has completed additional training in sports injury prevention and rehab to help patients of all ages recover from their injuries and get back to their favorite sports as quickly as possible.
Chiropractors manage many common sports injuries, including:
As musculoskeletal experts, the team offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for sports injuries that don’t involve fractures or open wounds. Chiropractic care can help you recover more quickly than rest alone and get you back on your feet safely.
To diagnose sports injuries, your provider begins by asking questions about your injury and how it happened. They then perform a thorough physical exam of the injured area, including range of motion testing, assessment of muscle strength and nerve function, and orthopedic exams.
The orthopedic exams are used to determine the anatomical structure injured and may cause additional pain when they’re performed. If the exam becomes too uncomfortable, tell your doctor and they can modify the procedure as necessary. In some cases, the team may order X-rays or an MRI to rule out more serious injuries, including fractures and muscle tears.
To treat sports injuries, the team takes a multi-step approach to relieve your pain, support healing of the injured area, and rehabilitate the injury to improve your flexibility and strength, which can help prevent future injury. For pain relief, they use electrical stimulation and soft tissue therapy or massage, if appropriate.
Once you’re out of pain and able to move the injured area sufficiently, the team helps you through stretches and rehabilitative exercises to increase your range of motion and help the muscles and ligaments in the area heal fully. As you improve, they recommend additional exercises to strengthen the injured area and prevent future re-injury.
Chiropractic adjustments may also be beneficial to prevent or reduce any associated back or neck pain, especially if your injury has caused difficulty walking, sitting, or standing.
For all sports injuries, visit the team at Greater Lowell Chiropractic & Rehabilitation. Book a visit online or by phone now.