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Common Sports Injuries Chiropractors Treat

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Posted on 08-31-2017

Common Sports Injuries Treated by Your Isanti Chiropractor

Although athletes are known for having healthy, strong bodies, they can still suffer musculoskeletal injuries that not only impact their performance but cause persistent pain, stiffness and reduced range of motion. Popular Isanti chiropractor Dr. Bergley diagnoses and treats all types of sports injuries with manual chiropractic adjustments, kinesiology, functional medicine, Activator spine adjustments and acupuncture.

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Knee Pain

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and patellofemoral syndrome are two of the most common sports injuries suffered by athletes. Signs of knee ligament injuries include sudden, intense pain, a popping or snapping noise heard at the time of injury, swelling, and inability to place weight on the knee without pain. In addition to chiropractic care and sports injury rehabilitation, your Isanti chiropractor may use acupuncture and kinesiology as complementary treatment modalities to ensure knee injuries heal properly.

Neck Pain

Sports injuries causing neck pain typically emerge when shoulder and upper back muscles become inflamed due to overuse and strain. Your Isanti chiropractor offers treatment for neck stiffness and pain with chiropractic techniques designed to relieve muscle strain, realign cervical spinal vertebrae and relax overextended muscles. Other sports injuries commonly producing neck pain include facet joint sprain, cervical sprain injuries, whiplash and spinal nerve compression. Treatment for neck pain may also include therapeutic massage, acupuncture, and functional medicine if Dr. Bergley thinks neck pain may involve systemic dysfunction as well as musculoskeletal injuries.

Ankle and Foot Pain

A common ankle injury treated by your sports chiropractor in Isanti is Achilles tendonitis or inflammation of the Achilles tendon located above the back of the heel. The Achilles tendon is the strongest and largest tendon in your body, vital to the optimal functioning of the foot and ankle. If resting the ankle and applying ice packs to a painful Achilles tendon fail to relieve inflammation, you should seek treatment as soon as possible from Dr. Bergley. Neglecting Achilles tendonitis could induce peritenonitis with tendinosis, or rupturing of the tendon.

Runners, basketball/football/soccer players are prone to foot pain arising from plantar fasciitis, or tearing and inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament located in the bottom of the feet. Sports chiropractors recommend rehabilitation exercises and athletic taping to provide support for a torn plantar fascia and to promote healing.

Back Pain

Athletes visiting their sports chiropractor for back pain usually suffer back injuries associated with repetitive impact activities (running, weight training, golf) and general overuse. A diagnostic and remedial device used by your Isanti chiropractor, the Activator chiropractic technique is a viable alternative to another spinal manipulation procedure called the high-velocity low amplitude thrust, or HLVA. The Activator is a handheld instrument that delivers gentle but effective impulses to your spine to relieve pain and restore range of motion to specific spinal vertebrae. It also works to move displaced vertebrae back into their normal positions so that compressed nerves are no longer irritated by misplaced vertebrae.

Elbow Pain/Tennis and Golfer's Elbow

Elbow tendonitis is almost always due to overuse, repetitive activity and strain. Occasionally, other medical conditions may cause elbow tendonitis such as cubital tunnel syndrome. This condition occurs if the ulnar nerve becomes stretched around the interior of the elbow joint. Elbow pain that does not diminish after applying RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) should be evaluated by your sports chiropractor in Isanti.

How Does Acupuncture Relieve Sports Injury Pain?

By stimulating certain points on the body with gentle pressure produced by inserting fine needles into your epidermis, acupuncture stimulates biological responses that relieve pain, reduce inflammation and decrease symptoms of other health issues. Acupuncture increases hypothalamus and pituitary activity, two glands responsible for the release of several neurotransmitters and hormones vital to supporting general well-being. In addition, acupuncture techniques meant to ease pain generates production of endogenous opioids and analgesics (endorphins) referred to as the body's natural painkillers by endocrinologists.

If you are suffering a sports injury and want a treatment program that does not involve surgery or drugs, please call Isanti Family Chiropractic Clinic today at (763) 377-2209 to schedule your appointment with a professional sports chiropractor.

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