Sports Injury & Extremity Care

Sports Injury

Dr. Gregory is an athlete herself and a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner by the Council of Extremity Adjusting.  The focus of extremity adjusting and analysis is to make sure the whole body is addressed.  Many people have headaches, shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, ankle and foot pain that can not always be cured with a spinal adjustment and may need additional work.  

We want to make sure your whole body is balanced and working together harmoniously as a unit.  This will enable you to achieve total wellness and prevent problems in the future.


Injured knee

Working out helps your stress level, decreases depression and makes you feel good. However, keeping fit and healthy may sometimes mean that athletic injuries can occur. If they do, we can get you back on your feet and keep doing the things you love.  Staying active increases your heart rate, keeps your blood pressure down, decreases risk of diabetes, cancer and other diseases. When you are injured you lose your ability to get the kind of workout you need for overall health and we want to get you back to doing activities that allow you to remain healthy and thrive.

Your spinal cord sends signals to your arms, legs, feet, shoulders, knees, elbows, wrists and any other joint in the body. It is essential to keep all of these working properly and allow the spine to move efficiently to make sure those signals are received and utilized properly.

How does Chiropractic help with my shoulder pain? Don't they just work on necks and backs?

Neck and back pain is very common for first time patients to our office.  However, your back and neck are the trunk leading to all other functions of your body.  Movement starts with your brain and spine.  Most exercise usually involves some type of neck and spinal movement. Runners, cyclists, swimmers, crossfit workouts and  weekend warriors all have the potential to place undue stress on their neck and back.  Your body works as a unit and sometimes in sections.  Commonly, knee pain is not really the knee at all.  It is a problem with something in the kinetic chain that helps the knee move (thigh, foot, low back).  

knee

Knee and ankle issues are prevalent in most sports but more common in running and jumping. The knee and the ankle work together in a system called the lower kinetic chain. The kinetic chain consists of the foot, ankle, knee and hip joint, lumbar spine and pelvis.  Anytime you injure one of these structures examination to rule out injuries in areas above and below are needed. Even though you have an ankle injury,  checking the knee, hip and low back need to be evaluated to make sure they are working properly and not part of the problem. 

Low back pain is prevalent in almost any sport. Anytime you perform a weight bearing activity strain is placed on your spine. In the winter months we see many skiers and snowboarders with low spine related injuries from excessive twisting, turning and an occasional hard landing.

Shoulder injuries are more common than you think. The shoulder joint rests on a shallow plate/ joint on your scapula bone. The humerus (arm bone) attaches to your shoulder with muscles, ligaments, and a circular configuration of ligamentous tissue called your rotator cuff.   These muscles are used with computer work, athletic activities and are even involved in posture.  If one of these structures is injured tissue surrounding the area will work harder to keep normal movement. With time these secondary structures can breakdown causing further injury.  That is why it is necessary to figure out what is breaking down and work on not only the area involved but other areas that may be contributing to the situation. 

Not only is the spine addressed, but any other part that may be contributing to the area involved.  All movements start with the brain sending signals and receiving signals to make sure it is safe to do so.  

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