Nearly every professional sports team and olympic athlete has a chiropractor as part of its medical team. Why? Because it works! These high level athletes have to perform at their best when it counts and chiropractic care is imperative in making that happen.
According to Statistics Canada, a 2010 community health survey showed that 66% of adolescent injuries were related to sports. Also, among working-age adults, sports and work were the main source of injuries (47%).
Chiropractors are trained to assess, diagnose and manage sports-related injuries as part of their core competencies. In fact, through a comprehensive history and physical examination, chiropractors can help determine the cause of pain and dysfunction as well as recommend an appropriate plan of management. Conservative care offered by chiropractors, dependent on the injury and mechanism, may include joint manipulation and mobilisation, soft tissue therapies, adjunct modalities, rehabilitation and individualized exercises and lifestyle advice to restore proper function, enhance healing of damaged tissue and reduce pain. Chiropractors can also help, in partnership, determine the best strategy to return to play.