If you participate in sports, then you are probably more than a little familiar with sports injuries. Torn ligaments, strains, sprains and dislocations cause pain, stiffness and loss of function for countless "weekend warriors," school or military athletes and professional competitors in South Arlington chiropractor provides sports medicine for athletes. Sports medicine plays a critical role in prompt, correct healing. Fortunately, if you need a South Arlington chiropractor who knows how to treat sport injuries, we have the experience and knowledge to minimize your time on the sidelines-right here at Jacobs Chiropractic.
Sports injuries can take many forms, any of which can keep you from participating in your sport, job or everyday activities. Whiplash, for instance, affects athletes as well as auto accident victims. This neck injury occurs when some force jerks your head forward in such a way that it rebounds back again with almost equal force. These motions happen so quickly and forcefully that they can shift your cervical vertebrae out of alignment and damage muscles and ligaments until you cannot move your head without pain. The resulting misalignment also puts pressure on your nerves, causing pain or loss of function in other parts of the body. Football players frequently encounter impact forces that can cause whiplash. Tennis elbow, another common injury, occurs from repeated stress on a tennis player's arm from hitting the ball with the racket thousands of times. Any part of the body placed under strain by an athletic activity can develop a sports injury.
At Jacobs Chiropractic we see and treat sports injuries on a regular basis. Our own Dr. Wendy Jacobs has worked as an Army chiropractor for the all-Army teams. She has also treated members of the 2006 NWFA Champion D.C. Divas and Washington Mystics women's basketball teams and has even performed adjustments and medical trainer functions for an international volleyball tournament.
We offer many forms of sports injury treatment apart from chiropractic adjustment, although adjustments can certainly prove crucial to proper recovery. Treatment options include deep tissue massage, cold laser therapy and other forms of physiotherapy. Deep tissue massage applied to muscles and fascia can release "knots" or tension that would otherwise inhibit healing, while cold laser therapy relieves inflammation and pain while helping the injured area heal itself more rapidly. Other sports medicine options include interferential electrical muscle stimulation, moist heat therapy, microamperage neural stimulation, cryotherapy and mechanical traction. We can also assign physiotherapy exercises to gently and safely build muscle strength, making you less vulnerable to re-injury.