Sports Injury in Alexandria

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Have you suffered a sports injury in Alexandria? Have you heard the names Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Aaron Rodgers, Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, and Kareem Abdul-Jubbar before? These are some of the elite athletes who attribute a large amount of their success to the chiropractic care they received throughout their careers.

In addition to the success experienced by these world-class athletes, you may have noticed chiropractors along the sidelines of NFL football games and the most recent Olympic events. Both of these organizations have recognized how vital chiropractic is to their team's success and integrated chiropractic doctors into their sports medicine team.

Not only can chiropractic help world famous athletes excel, but it has also been shown to provide short and long term benefits for entry-level, high school, and college participants. Painfree Chiropractic & Rehab has been providing care to local amateur and professional sports teams for years and with this article, will inform you how you can benefit.

Sports Injury FAQs in Alexandria

1. What causes sports injuries?

Sports injuries can occur for many reasons, including direct impact with equipment or surfaces and indirect forces like torquing, overextension, and strain. Most injuries that occur during sports activities involve the musculoskeletal system or nervous system, including soft tissue injuries that involve the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and injuries that can cause compression of the nerves in the spine and elsewhere. Because so many components and structures can involve in a sports injury, a whole-patient, customized approach to care is essential in order to achieve the best possible results.

2. Can chiropractic care be used as a routine part of care for athletes?

Yes, just as routine chiropractic adjustment can be used to help all types of patients avoid injuries and pain, sports medicine techniques can be used to help athletes perform at their peak while avoiding injuries in the future. Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to treatment that takes the entire patient into account. That means treatment can be custom-tailored for the specific needs and objectives of each patient, including athletes. 

3. How does a chiropractor treat sports injuries?

Chiropractic care is ideally suited to the treatment of sports injuries because it addresses the entire musculoskeletal system by releasing the tension, reducing inflammation, and promoting circulation for better healing. Plus, chiropractic care includes a broad array of treatment options so it can be customized for the patient and the activity. Depending on the issue being treated, options can include spinal adjustments, therapeutic massage, and deep tissue manipulation, cold laser therapy, physical therapy, and other techniques. Before any treatment begins, a chiropractor can perform a hands-on evaluation of injuries and symptoms to ensure the most effective technique or a combination of techniques is used. Imaging techniques like x-rays or CT scans may also be ordered as needed to ensure the best approach is implemented for optimal healing and a quick return to physical activity.

How Can Chiropractic Help Alexandria Athletes?

Alexandria athletes routinely and continually put their bodies through an extremely high level of physical stress. These stressors are different than what we experience as a result of too much schoolwork or demands from the boss at work. Sports participation often involves quick starts and stops, explosive jumping or running, collisions, and atypical body postures that put added demands on the body's physical structure. Therefore, whether you are a football player, wrestler, golfer, or runner, chiropractic can provide the assistance your body needs to be able to adapt to these added stresses. Often, these unusual stresses cause the bones in our back to come out of place.

The effects of these changes create a cascade that often leads to loss of motion, flexibility, and speed while increasing the chances of developing headaches or predisposing the body to future athletic-related injuries. For example, many long-distance runners have been shown to develop chronic cases of tendonitis and pain throughout the joints in their legs. Typically, they are prescribed a pain killer to mask the symptoms of pain, providing short term relief. If pain killers were the real solution to the problem, why would they have to be continually taken?

The truth is that many sports-related injuries begin due to nerve interference caused by misalignments in our joints, primarily the spine. Our chiropractors at Painfree Chiropractic & Rehab in Alexandria are specially trained at removing this type of interference. When this nerve interference is removed, the body experiences an increase in blood flow, higher immune system function, proper motor pattern firing, and overall better health. As a result, athletes receiving care at our clinic have noticed increased flexibility, speed, agility, and power during sports participation. These types of results have been seen at chiropractic clinics all across the country. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Research and Investigation showed that as much as 32% of athletes receiving chiropractic care experienced these results and an even higher percentage showed a decrease in the number of injuries sustained during sports participation.

When Should an Athlete See a Chiropractor?

Just as people get a flu shot at the beginning of the year to try to prevent getting sick, athletes of all ranks shouldn’t wait to see a chiropractor until after an injury has occurred. While chiropractic has been proven to be an excellent source for injury rehabilitation and healing, it is an even better resource for preventing the damage from happening. Chiropractors view the body as a whole, taking into account all aspects of health. Our team at Painfree Chiropractic & Rehab has the resources to provide adjustive procedures, physical therapy, and soft tissue massage to address the nervous, skeletal, muscular, and ligamentous systems. Through this approach, the body is allowed to function at its optimal level, keeping you off the bench sidelined with injuries throughout the season. If you are an athlete in the Alexandria area, contact Painfree Chiropractic & Rehab today to schedule your individualized consultation.

As Jerry Rice said, "Chiropractic care helped me stay healthy and succeed in the league for as long as I did."

Call our team at Painfree Chiropractic & Rehab today to see how chiropractic care can help your sports injury in Alexandria. Get your life back today!


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Painfree Chiropractic & Rehab

6121 Lincolnia Road #100
Alexandria, VA 22312

(703) 270-9020