Preventing Sports Injuries with Chiropractic

We all know that chiropractic is effective at treating back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. But did you know that chiropractic is also great at preventing these conditions from occurring in the first place?

A new study from Australia looked at the power of preventive chiropractic care. The authors of the study took a group of Australian football players, and divided them into two groups.

Both groups received, “the current best practice medical and sports science management,” but one group also received chiropractic care as an added benefit.

After 24 matches, the researchers looked at the two groups of players to see if there were any differences in injuries.

The study found that there was a ” trend towards lower limb injury prevention with a significant reduction in primary lower limb muscle strains and weeks missed due to non-contact knee injuries through the addition of a sports chiropractic intervention to the current best practice management.”

So, if you’re a weekend athlete and looking to avoid injuries, chiropractic can be very helpful. If you have any questions about our services, please give us a call.

Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized control trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11:64.

Chiropractic and Athletic Performance

Many athletes use chiropractic to recover from injury or difficult workouts.  A new award-winning study suggests that chiropractic can also improve athletic performance.

In this study, researchers examined the effects of chiropractic on 18 professional judo athletes in Brazil. Half of the athletes received chiropractic adjustments and the other half received a sham treatment. Researchers then evaluated athletes’ grip strength using a device that measures muscle force.

Despite the fact that both groups maintained their regular training schedules throughout the study, the chiropractic group had substantially better outcomes. After just three treatments, the chiropractic group improved their grip strength by 11% on the left side and 17% on their right, while athletes in the sham treatment group had only improved by 4-6%.

This study is more evidence that chiropractic improves nervous system functioning, which in turn strengthens muscles.

Whether it’s injury prevention or enhancing peak performance, chiropractic care can play a vital role in keeping your nervous system working efficiently.

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from chiropractic. Call our office today to see how we can help.

Botelho MB, Andrade BB. Effect of cervical spine manipulative therapy on judo athletes’ grip strength. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2012;35(11):38-44.

Golfer benefits from chiropractic for hip pain

Although golfing is a low-impact sport, athletes can still suffer from injuries like pain in the lower back, hips, wrists and elbows as a result of overuse. Previous research has shown that a golf swing can place compressive loads on the lumbar spine, resulting in pain the lower back. 1  A new case study demonstrates how chiropractic can provide effective rehabilitation for golfers suffering from injuries.2It also points to how chiropractic therapies can help patients experiencing osteoarthritic pain.

The case study documented the treatment a 49-year-old woman golfer suffering from hip pain related to osteoarthritis. The woman had been suffering from left hip osteoarthritis for several years, along with stiffness in her lower back, and a recent onset of right hip pain. The woman reported pain with simple tasks like climbing stairs, sitting for long hours, walking long distances, and more.

A chiropractic doctor developed a treatment plan aimed at golf-rehabilitation and osteoarthritis management. The multi-pronged treatment included soft tissue, ultrasound, and myofascial therapies, hip and lumbar spine mobilizations, acupuncture, and home advice. Exercise rehabilitation included core strengthening, general conditioning, golf-specific stretches, and referral to a swing coach.

By the sixth visit to the chiropractor, the patient reported that her left hip pain was “great” and by the eighth visit, both her hips generally felt “good.” The woman continued receiving treatments every two weeks thereafter.

At the six-month follow-up visit, the woman reported golfing free of left hip pain, the side affected by osteoarthritis. She was referred to her family practitioner for management of persistent mild pain in the right hip. The woman also reported improvements in her golfing endurance and driving distance.

The case report outlines a successful treatment protocol for golfer rehabilitation. Although larger studies are needed to make any firm conclusions, the researcher suggested that “conservative care and rehabilitation management of hip osteoarthritis and low back pain may help golfers improve their performance and prevent further injuries.”

This case study also demonstrates the positive outcomes possible with chiropractic management of hip pain related to osteoarthritis. Other research has also shown that chiropractic can ease knee pain in patients osteoarthritis.

 

References

1. Gluck G S, Bendo J A, Spivak JM. The lumbar spine and low back pain in golf: a literature review of swing biomechanics and injury prevention. Spine Journal2008;8:778–788.  Quoted in Howell (2012).

2. Howell E. Rehabilitation and treatment of a recreational golfer with hip osteoarthritis: a case report. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association 2012; 65 (3):201-8.

Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common pain symptom experienced by most of us. Most neck pain begins with some kind of trauma, but sometimes the origin is difficult to identify. With all neck pain—no matter what the cause—the pain itself tells us that there is some kind of problem in the functioning of the different parts of the spine. Watch our videos in the playlist below, or browse our articles to learn more about neck pain. Neck Pain Treatments Neck Pain after Whiplash Articles: Headache Type and Neck Mobility Manipulation, Mobilization and the Cervical Spine Neck and Back Pain in Schoolchildren: The Role of Backpacks Neck Pain Risk Factors Predictors of Neck Disorders Retropharyngeal Tendinitis Shoulder-Neck Pain and Total Body Pain Study Shows Connection Between Neck Pain, Arm Position The Neck Pain Disability Index The Relationship Between Cervical Radiographic Findings and Pain TMJ and Neck Pain

Knee and Leg Pain

Every year, around 100,000 Americans have surgery to relieve knee pain. But studies suggest that many people can avoid surgery through natural, conservative treatments.Chiropractic adjustments, exercise therapy, and weight loss have all been shown to reduce symptoms of knee pain in patients osteoarthritis.

Chiropractic can also ease leg pain associated with sciatic nerve damage and sports injuries.

Articles on Knee and Leg Pain

Arthritis

Joint and Hip Pain

Sports Injuries

Sciatica

Exercise As Good As Surgery for Knee Pain

Got Knee Pain? Try Pressing Your Body’s Meridians

Young Patients at Risk for Complications After Knee Surgery

Yoga Alleviates Knee Pain

Non-surgical Treatment for Osteoarthritic Knee Pain

Weight Loss Reduces Knee Pain

Knee replacements may not be as reliable as previously thought

Hip and Joint Pain

Whether you’re suffering from arthritis or repetitive stress injuries, joint pain can severely limit your quality of life. A chiropractor can use a combination of extremity adjustments and exercise therapy to improve your range of motion and reduce pain.
Arthritis
Knee and Leg Pain
Sports Injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Arm and Shoulder Pain
TMJ, TMD, and Jaw Pain Influence of MRIs on Low Back and Leg Pain

Golfer benefits from chiropractic for hip pain
Sacro-Iliac Joint Pain and Chiropractic
Hip Pain: Common Causes and How Chiropractic Can Help

Understanding Brain Injury, Concussion

Understanding brain injuryBrain injuries are common after an automobile collision, and they can occur even when there is no direct head impact. Unfortunately, many cases of brain injury are undiagnosed and unrecognized.

The key to recovery from a brain injury is to realize that injury has occurred. Some of the most common symptoms of mild brain injury are headache, dizziness, confusion, loss of concentration, and problems with memory.

Watch our videos in the playlist below, or browse our articles for some of the newest information we have on brain injury as it relates to automobile collisions.

Articles:

Aggressive Behavior After Head Injury

A New Kind of Whiplash-Associated Headache?

Brain Imaging and Whiplash

Brain Injury or Chronic Pain: The Importance of Diagnosis

Brain Lesions in Whiplash Patients

Cognitive Complaints After Whiplash

Depression and Post-Concussion Syndrome

Emotional And Cognitive Sequelae of MTBI

Faking Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Reversible Neuropsychological Deficits

Misconceptions about Brain Injury and Implications for Treatment and Litigation

MTBI and Working Memory

New Questionnaires in the Evaluation of MTBI

Olfactory Function After Mild Brain Injury

Post-Concussion Syndrome After Mild Brain Injury

Post-Traumatic Headache and Cerebral Blood Flow

Predicting Vocational Outcome in MTBI

Regular chiropractic care may prevent long-term low back pain

Serum S-100 Levels After Head Injury

Similarities Between Whiplash and Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury and Chronic Pain Syndrome

Two Treatments for MTBI

Warfarin and Minor Head Injury

Whiplash and Cognitive Complaints

Whiplash Pain May Affect Structure of the Brain

Whiplash: The Neck and the Brain

Back Pain and Chiropractic

Chiropractic and back painLow back pain is a very common pain symptom. One out of three of us suffer from some kind of back pain every year, and many people live with chronic spinal pain.

The good news is that chiropractic has been shown over and over to be an effective treatment of back pain. Here’s a collection of articles that discuss how chiropractic can help in the treatment of back pain.

Watch our videos in the playlist below, or read some of our articles to learn more about how chiropractic can help ease back pain.

Back Pain After Auto Accidents

Back Pain and Chiropractic

Back Pain Treatments

Articles:

Aortic Calcification, Disc Degeneration, and Back Pain

Back Pain Assessment and Advice in Primary Care

Back Pain: Basic Anatomy

Back Pain: Common Causes

Back Pain: Diagnosis

Back Pain, Fibromyalgia, and the Stress Response System

Back Pain: General Information and Symptoms

Back Pain Recovery Can Be Slow

Childhood obesity linked to back problems

Don’t Wait For Low Back Pain to Send You to the ER

Fear of Movement and Low Back Pain

Fear of Pain More Disabling than Actual Pain

Job Satisfaction and the Transition from Acute to Chronic Back Pain

Neck and Back Pain in Schoolchildren: The Role of Backpacks

Physical Risk Factors and Back Pain

Predictors of LBP and Return to Work

Prognostic Factors for Low Back Pain patients returning to work

Smoking linked to back pain

Socioeconomic Impact of Back Pain

Stressful Life Events and Low Back Pain

Study shines light on who develops chronic low back pain

Waddell’s Nonorganic Signs in Occupational Low Back Pain Patients

Weight loss eases back pain

Will your back pain become chronic?

What Does Neck Pain Say to Your Ams?

Neck pain is a common pain condition, and one frequently treated by chiropractors. While patients who suffer from neck pain as a result of whiplash or other injury often are most concerned with recovering the full range of function in their neck, researchers are beginning to uncover how neck pain may impact other areas of the body, including the upper body and arms. A number of studies have shown that spinal misalignment can affect the neurological pathways that create proprioception, the body’s ability to sense the relative position of its parts.

In a recent study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, researchers based at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic investigated the neurophysiologic connections between neck and arms, and how misalignment in the neck might interfere with this connection. They also explored whether spinal manipulation, as performed by a chiropractor, might restore some of the communication between the neck and arms.

The study participants included 25 volunteers with a history of untreated neck pain or stiffness and a control group of 18 volunteers with no such pain history. Among the 25 participants in the treatment group, 14 had experienced whiplash or other head injury. Most of the participants were recruited from a local university and college area, and the average age of volunteers ranged from 23 to 25.Image of participant position during joint experiment

Each volunteer received an initial assessment from a licensed chiropractor who noted any apparent spinal dysfunctions that might limit the patient’s range of motion. The researchers then measured each patient’s ability to accurately position his or her elbow, using the following method (see image A): As the participant lay on his back with eyes closed, the researcher positioned his right arm pointing up at an 80° angle, identified this as the target angle, then repositioned the participant’s arm to a new resting angle between 70° and 110°. This experiment was repeated with the participant’s neck in different positions (facing front, turned to each side, and pointing down, see images B-D). The participant would then be asked to move his arm back to the original position. Arm positions were measured through sensors attached to an electrogoniometer. The researchers found that the group of patients who reported past neck pain were far less accurate in repositioning their elbows than those with no history of neck problems.

The patients in the treatment group then received a session of spinal manipulation that consisted of high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts, while participants in the control group took a 5-minute rest period. After these treatments, all the volunteers went through another round of positioning and repositioning their elbows.

Participants with a history of neck pain, who had as a group performed poorly in the initial tests, significantly improved their ability to accurately position their elbow joints after the chiropractic treatments, while patients who had instead rested were less accurate in their joint positioning during the second round.

These findings suggest that spinal dysfunctions may impact the body’s proprioception, especially of the upper limbs. More importantly, the researchers found that this disability could be improved with just a single chiropractic adjustment session. The study lends credence to the notion that chiropractic treatment can be helpful not only in reducing immediate pain symptoms, but in restoring neurophysiological connections throughout the upper body.
Haavik H, Murphy B. Subclinical Neck Pain and the Effects of Cervical Manipulation on Elbow Joint Position Sense. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. February 2011. 34: 2, 88-97.