Dr. Michael Francis, DC is the Wilmington DE Chiropractor for Peak Performance, with a focus on both Sports and Auto Injuries.

Sport Injury Doctors and Chiropractic Treatment

August 13, 2020

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Sports can cause injuries, but high impact sports like running and tennis, and contact sports like soccer, football, lacrosse, and hockey, can cause serious injuries whether it be an amateur level or professional level. That is why chiropractic treatment in sports is such a necessity. Here are some of the roles that a Claymont chiropractor can help make your life easier with when it comes to sports injuries.

Sports Injury Prevention

Preventing a sports injury from happening in the first place is always better than having an athlete go through the rehabilitation process to make a full, yet slow, recovery. Most sports teams hire a dedicated chiropractor for your entire team to result in less overall injuries and more time on the field or rink. In a professional sports setting or high competitive level, there is even more emphasis on designating expert medical staff to further protect their most expensive and necessary assets - the players. 

Chiropractors understand the neuromusculoskeletal system, which is why chiropractors have such an essential role when it comes to sports science and medicine. Chiros can not only increase the performance of athletes, but can prevent the breakdown of an athlete’s body and important joints and muscles. Chiropractors can help implement customized daily stretching techniques, massages of the soft tissue, and warm-up routines, to help prevent sports injuries and increase the longevity of athletes. This advanced method of sports science is key in injury prevention and can make or break an athlete’s career.

Performance Enhancement

Sports are inherently competitive and with the hopes and dreams of college scholarships and then joining a professional team, most athletes try to get a competitive edge. Chiropractic care can help give you an advantage, by helping with an increased mobility and decreased stiffness. Francis Optimal Performance Chiropractic can also help with nutritional information and legal supplements that can help give you a competitive edge, helping you go above and beyond your current state of performance.

Injury Rehabilitation

Depending on the sport you are playing, a sports injury can be inevitable. Colliding with an opponent or having muscle fatigue that leads to a weakening of a commonly used area are the two most common causes of sports injuries. 

At Francis Optimal Performance Chiropractic, we quickly diagnose what the issue is and create a comprehensive rehabilitation plan. We then monitor you and adjust the plan as needed, so we can get you back in the game as soon as possible. We never rush a rehabilitation program, because a relapse can be even more devastating and can cause a lot more complications.  

At Francis Optimal Performance Chiropractic of Wilmington, Delaware we have years of experience that helps us diagnose and provide safe treatments for your sports injury. Whether it be neck pain, lower back pain, a herniated disc, or a pinched nerve, we’ve got you covered. Set up an appointment at our chiropractic office in Wilmington and let’s get you recovered quickly and safely!

Sports Chiropractic Treatment Services

  • Spinal Adjustment
  • Soft Tissue Massage/Graston Massage
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Rehabilitation/Exercises/Muscle Strengthening
  • Personal Injury

FAQ For Sports Chiropractor Doctors

Can Chiropractic Care Treat My Sports Injury?

Yes, our sports injury chiropractors have non-invasive techniques to help you get pain relief and an increased range of motion to help you get back to practicing and playing your favorite sports ASAP. Chiropractic care can help you manage your pain without medication or prescription drugs, and can help you avoid surgery.

These are the chiropractic techniques that can help you with your sports injury:

  • Chiropractic Adjustments: Controlled force from hands or a device that helps realign vertebrae and decrease pain from sports injuries. 
  • Spinal Decompression: This is a nonsurgical approach that helps increase the range of motion and can alleviate herniated discs, worn spinal joints, and injured spinal nerve roots.
  • Physical Therapy: We’ll help you strengthen the muscles around the injured areas so you can get back to playing the sports you love.
  • Massage Therapy: Your soft tissue will be massaged to help relax your stiff muscles, improve blood flow to the injured area, and relieve pain.

Why Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe for Sports Injuries?

Chiropractors have professional techniques to specifically treat sports injuries in a safe, drug-free way. It is also non-invasive therapy that helps treat neuromusculoskeletal aches, pains, and injuries. Many of our patients feel better immediately after their treatment, and feel even better in the forthcoming days. It is normal to experience mild soreness around the area that is worked on, but it will come back feeling better than before. Think of it like exercise - you are fatiguing the muscle but the muscle will come back stronger than it was before the workout. Spinal adjustments can cause soreness that typically goes away after 24 hours.

Why Choose Sports Injury Chiropractic Care for Pain Relief?

Chiropractic care leads to improved range of motion by getting the body back into proper alignment. This relieves pain and reduces stress that is being put on nearby joints and tissue. When it comes to sports injuries, positive results can be seen quickly since most athletes are already in good shape and have existing muscle mass. It only takes one or two treatments for most athletes to regain full range of motion and return to their normal level of performance. You may also see an increased level of performance since your range of motion has been improved so much.

How Does a Sports Injury Chiropractor Help Back Pain?

A sports injury chiropractor can help with back pain by aligning the head, neck, shoulders, back, hips and overall spine so that any negative strain or pressure is relieved. 

What Are The Most Common Sports Injuries Treated by Chiropractic Care?

There are many injuries that can occur when playing sports, especially when you do not warm up properly, do high impact workouts, or have repetitive motions that fatigue the muscles and joints. Common sports injuries treated by Francis Optimal Performance Chiropractic are knee injuries, ankle sprains, and groin/hamstring strains; however, we also treat conditions that require sports injury rehabilitation like these:

  • Torn ACL/MCL injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain and Concussions
  • Shin Splints 
  • Bursitis
  • Tennis Elbow and Runner’s Knee
  • Heel Spurs/Plantar Fasciitis

 When Should I See A Chiropractor For My Sports Injury?

If you have suffered a sports injury and the symptoms persist despite resting and icing, you should seek chiropractic care by calling (302) 475-3200. We always recommend athletes to seek professional care from a sports injury chiropractor, that way you can go out to play your favorite sports as soon as possible. Typically, a regular doctor will prescribe medicine and won’t know how to properly fix your sports injury.

How Long Does A Chiropractic Treatment Take?

The treatments at our facility are typically 1 hour for the initial session, and then 30 to 45 minutes for follow-up appointments. We tailor everything to your needs, so we’ll make sure to be as thorough and possible when you come to your appointment(s).

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