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Our chiropractors at Sherwood Chiropractic Center provide natural, effective chiropractic care for your sports injury at our Decatur location. A sports injury can take you out of the game and put your everyday life and normal activities on hold. Nerve impingement, joint problems and soft tissue damage require careful evaluation and treatment. Sherwood Chiropractic Center has treated sports injuries since 1994. We use non-surgical and non-invasive treatments that have proven to be highly effective. Examples are gentle chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and an exercise regimen for strengthening.
Soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains are common problems for athletes, especially those athletes who fail to limber up their muscles and ligaments properly before a challenging activity. But many soft tissue injuries may accumulate over a long period of overuse, with tiny micro-tears occurring over and over until pain, stiffness and inflammation result. Examples include:
Acute sports injuries can sometimes involve violent collisions, from falls to football tackles. These impacts can knock your spine out of alignment, robbing your vertebral joints of their ability to move without pain and herniating discs while also tearing soft tissues. Herniated discs can impinge nearby nerve roots, produce the characteristic tingling, muscle weakness and pain associated with sciatica (in the legs) and cervical radiculopathy (in the arms). Examples of acute sports injuries include whiplash, sciatica, severe sprains and dislocated joints throughout the body.
Musculoskeletal imbalances and spinal alignment problems can play a pivotal role in your vulnerability to sports injuries. An off-balance body has to work harder to maintain proper sports technique, and it may be more likely to overcompensate in a manner that produces strains, sprains and overuse injuries. A spinal misalignment can also encourage the development of disc problems.
Chiropractic treatment in Decatur could be the key to getting you safely back onto the court, field or track. Our Decatur chiropractors perform a detailed analysis to reveal not just the source of your symptoms but also underlying issues related to your stance, gait and posture. X-rays can show subluxated joints, disc compression and other probably pain sources. Palpation and other diagnostic measures can pinpoint problems with fascia, tendons, ligaments and muscles.
Our chiropractors in Decatur often prescribes multiple conservative, non-surgical healing modalities to help you heal. For instance, you may receive a combination of Decatur chiropractic care and physical therapy to reinforce your corrected spinal alignment. Corrective exercises are also useful for ensuring that damaged soft tissue can regain their full range of motion. Massage therapy can do wonders to help tight muscles loosen up, making it helpful for event preparation as well as rehabilitation. Massage also enhances the circulation, accelerating healing and relieving pain, so it makes a great supplement to our chiropractic treatment in Decatur. Some of the techniques employed in Decatur sports injury treatment include:
Stretches/Exercise -Our "Patient Playground" is the perfect place to rehabilitate after a sports injury. We teach flexibility exercises to improve your range of motion. We also instruct you through strengthening exercises to help reduce muscular imbalances that may be contributing to your injuries.
Nutrition and Lifestyle Instruction - Our range of services extends beyond our hands-on approach to your body. We also educate you on the importance of what you put in your body to sustain health and overcome injuries. This may also include lifestyle instructions on how to sleep to support healthy posture, how to set up a computer desk and ways to walk to avoid knee or hip pain.
Sports Chiropractic Techniques - Dr. Kathleen Sherwood and Dr. Richard Cohen provide hands-on adjustments to your spine to adjust it into a healthy alignment. When your spine is healthy, circulation flows throughout the body and to your injured areas to promote healing. Her gentle approach to your sports injury recovery puts you at ease and helps your body restore balance. Our doctors also use a number of other therapy techniques including Thompson Drop, Flexion-Distraction, Sacral Occipital Technique, Activator, Pettibon Posture Protocols, Trigger Point/Myofascial Stretching and Extremity Adjusting to reduce your pain and help overcome your sports injuries.
Don't let your life get sidelined by a sports injury. Call our chiropractors in Decatur at for an evaluation and treatment!