Chiropractors and Sports Injuries
Professional athletes are constantly reaching new heights in their professional careers. With each passing year, new records are shattered and the human body is pushed to its limits. Competitors train rigorously and take their diets to a new level every day. Yet despite the conscientious care and precautions that athletes follow, most experience musculoskeletal injuries at one time or another.
Chiropractors are to athletes as cardiologists are to those who suffer from cardiovascular disease. Athletes who receive treatment from a medical doctor find themselves frequently benched and on the sidelines. Others play and then spend hours after the game icing their injuries and taking pain medication. This is because medical doctors do not treat the body as an integrated system, but rather treat each injury individually. Meanwhile, chiropractic treatment offers a balanced, holistic approach, by using spinal adjustments and physical therapy techniques to help the patient’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments return to their normal function.
Chiropractic care meticulously tends to the needs of the athlete because special attention is given to the spine, joints, muscles, tendons, and nerves. Additionally, chiropractic care ensures that all pieces of the musculoskeletal system are working harmoniously in their healthiest, most natural state.
Professional athletes recognize tremendous value in chiropractic care because they realize that it helps them maximize athletic performance. Whether you’re an athlete or weekend warrior, receiving chiropractic care will enable you to reach an optimum level of achievement without breaking yourself.
Chiropractors and Work Injuries
Work injuries can take many forms. The most easily understood is one in which a traumatic event occurs like slipping and falling or lifting something too heavy. But there are many other work-related events that can cause injuries. For example:
- If you are involved in a vehicular accident while in the performance of your job, the resulting injuries can be considered a work injury, whether you are driving a company car or a personal car that you have been authorized to use to do your work.
- If your job requires constant or frequent movements during the day, like typing, or stocking shelves, frequently moving items, or similar activities, you can have a "repetitive motion injury" which qualifies as a work injury.
- If your work is so stressful that it causes severe muscle spasms or frequent headaches or neck and body stiffness or joint pain, you may be suffering a work-related injury
An evaluation of your condition by a qualified doctor can determine if your work situation is the cause of your pain and suffering. A chiropractor is a qualified doctor and you don't need an authorization from your company to seek the services of a chiropractor. Your employer's insurance company has a right to send you for an evaluation with their company doctor, but you have the right to seek an evaluation from a chiropractor of your choice.
Once a proper diagnosis is established and it can be reasonably shown that your condition is work related, the chiropractor will inform the employer and its insurance company and provide a treatment plan for your care.
Chiropractors and Treatment of Injuries
Injuries can occur anytime, anywhere. It's impossible to cover the gamut of ways a person can be injured. Pain, tingling, and numbness are some of the ways our bodies let us know that a problem exists in our muscles, our joints, our nerves, or our ligaments and tendons. Many injuries are internal and there is no outward sign of what is injured. Without visual clues, its hard to determine the nature of the injury unless an examination by a qualified doctor is done.
If your symptoms last more than 5 days without getting better, consult a chiropractor.
If your problem causes any kind of disability, like difficulty walking or pain upon moving or inability to bend or flex your body in normal ways, get an evaluation.
If your problem started in one place and seems to have spread to other areas of your body, it's time for an evaluation.
If your problem is getting worse with time instead of getting better, you could wind up with a serious problem by delaying a check up.
The longer your pain or disability persist, the more serious your condition. The more serious the condition, the harder it is to resolve the problem and the more time and treatment it will take to get you back to normal.
If you wait too long, you could jeopardize your ability to make a full recovery and your delay in seeking treatments could result in a chronic condition and permanent disability.
RULE OF THUMB: If you can't make your problem go away within a week, despite what you've tried (ice, heat, stretch, rest, etc) consulting a chiropractor can't hurt. If the chiropractor resolves your problem, you've dodged a bullet.