The Importance of Sports Medicine in Raleigh, NC
Are you engaged in serious sports competition, or are you an amateur athlete dedicated to your best physical condition possible? Either way, Raleigh, NC chiropractor, Dr. Mitchell Sterling, recommends chiropractic care as a great way to treat and prevent sports-related injuries and to keep you healthy for your best performance.
Common Sports Injuries
The American Chiropractic Association states that approximately 20 percent of sports-related injuries involve the lower back (lumbar) and neck (cervical spine). This is particularly true with children. Lower back pain stems from repetitive motions such as those involved in:
- skiing and golf
Neck injuries come from contact sports such as soccer, football, and hockey where the body is in motion and suddenly stops.
The resulting symptoms and conditions are well known:
- neck pain
- lower back pain
- shin splints (running)
- herniated (bulging) discs
- knee pain
- inflammatory conditions such as tendonitis
Chiropractic and Sports Medicine
Dr. Sterling approaches the care of athletes as they do with their other patients. An initial consultation includes a physical exam, including height, weight, postural analysis and spinal evaluation. They also take a complete medical, surgical and medication history. If the individual presents with an injury or pressing symptoms of pain or dysfunction, the doctor may order x-rays, an MRI or ultrasound imaging. Chiropractors also order other diagnostic tests such as blood work or urine analysis as needed.
Depending on findings, the doctor formulates a custom treatment plan for the patient. Many times it includes the signature chiropractic technique known as spinal manipulation. Spinal manipulation relieves pressure in the back and other joints of the body and also places the spinal column back into correct alignment for optimal function. While this is a comfortable procedure and ultimately relieves pain, some soreness in the muscles results for a day or 2.
Your Raleigh chiropractor also recommends appropriate lifestyle changes to keep the back functioning and allow the injured area to heal. To avoid injury during any kind of exercise or sports, the staff at Sterling Chiropractic recommends:
- stretching and warming up before exercise
- wearing supportive shoes
- adequate hydration throughout the day
- a healthy diet
- wearing protective equipment as necessary
- being active everyday, not just on weekends
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Ultimately, the chiropractor wants to keep your spine, nerves, muscles and joints working in perfect harmony. A periodic spinal adjustment helps the amateur and professional athlete strong and active 24/7.