Sports Injury Clinic Parramatta
If you’ve ever had a sports injury that stopped you from playing your favourite sport, you’ll know it’s not fun. Whether you play weekend sport socially or compete at the professional level, getting back in the game is the most important priority post injury.
Here at New World Chiro Parramatta we often hear patients ask ‘can chiropractic help sports injury?’ The answer is yes.
Our clinic has a long history of helping patients improve their sporting performance as well as aiding their recovery after injury. Dr. Rosemarie Jabbour (Chiropractor) proudly worked as one of the Sydney Olympic Team chiropractors during the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Why Choose Us?
We treat a wide variety of sporting injuries
Your recommendations may include several treatment options, helping you heal faster
Benefit from our 25+ year’s experience – you’re in good hands
Former Olympic chiropractor – Sydney 2000 games
Services can be claimed back on health funds
Read on to discover more about how chiropractors help treat sports injury!
If you want to find out more about how chiropractors help with sports injury, the information below is for you. You can read about the many benefits of chiropractic for sports performance and the different treatment options often used.
Table of Contents
- What does a chiropractor do for sports injury?
- Chiropractic treatments
- Benefits of sports injury management
- Common injuries helped by a chiropractor
Sports and Chiropractic?
Chiropractors who help treat sport injuries provide care, rehabilitation and performance optimisation for the neuromusculoskeletal system for athletes.
Both chiropractors and sports chiropractors often work on troublesome areas like the wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle.
Depending on your injury and how you sustained it, we make recommendations on the types of therapy that may be required to help you not only feel better, but function better. We also aim to release tension from poor posture and so much more. That’s why chiropractic is great for sporting injuries and to maximise biomechanical performance.
There is a whole branch of chiropractic that focuses on offering effective treatment for the painful strains and sprains that come with a sports injury.
It’s common for many professional athletes to visit a chiropractor before a game to prep their joints and muscles and reduce the risk of injury.
At the 2009 world game, held in Kaohsiung, Republic of China, there were 1,514 chiropractic treatments to athletes and support staff 1.
Famous Athletes Who See a Chiropractor
There are many famous athletes and sports stars who regularly receive chiropractic care. Some of the more famous examples include:
- Tiger Woods (golf)
- Arnold Schwarzenegger (body building)
- Jason Day (Australian golfer)
- Lance Armstrong (cycling)
- Matt Banting (Australian surfer)
They have all spoken on how chiropractic care has helped them in their careers.
Treatments are usually multi-modal and incorporate components of passive and active care to address both the acute inflammatory pain phase and the rehabilitation or prevention phase.
Chiropractic may help with the 3 P’s. That is:
- Posture and
Generally speaking, chiropractic addresses the 3 P’s through the application of a combination of treatment and technique options including (but not limited to):
- Chiropractic adjustments (manipulations and mobilisations)
- Soft tissue therapy, massage and stretching techniques
- Rehabilitation and therapeutic exercises
- Overall biomechanical improvement (including orthotics)
- Taping, strapping and bracing
- Ice and heat therapies
- Dry needling
- Gait retraining
- Footwear/ergonomic/training advice and
- Exercise/cross training programs
We can discuss these with you (we don’t provide all these treatment options however) and may provide recommendations/referrals for treatment, as required.
Benefits of Chiropractic for Sports Performance
There are many ways chiropractic may help with sports injury. A great example of this is in hard-contact sports where recurrent painful conditions like shoulder instability are a real nuisance. That’s why many football teams, for example, have a chiropractor on staff.
Common benefits of chiropractic for sports injury include:
- Prevention of injury in the first place
- Enhanced performance by improving biomechanics and function
- Ease muscle stiffness and pain
- Increase flexibility and pain-free movement
- Nutrition and dietary advice
- Rehabilitation and performance optimisation of the neuromusculoskeletal system
- Injuries are often examined from every possible angle to assess the best techniques to restore natural functionality and balance back to the body.
Chiropractic is a drugless, non-invasive and surgery free first line of treatment for many common sports injuries.
If chiropractic or other physical therapies aren’t suited to treating a specific injury, patients may be referred to other healthcare practitioners more suited to addressing the injury in question.
Chiropractic and Soft Tissue
Some chiropractors treat soft tissue in addition to adjusting the spine and other joints. Soft tissue therapy is often used to help with pain and whole muscular-spinal health. The soft tissues in our body include muscles, ligaments, tendons and other connective tissue such as fascia. These tissues can be quite sensitive and when put under pressure/stress, injured or subjected to repetitive movements, may lead to feelings of pain and reduced range of motion.
Soft tissue therapy involves direct physical action on the muscle and other soft tissues of your body. Remedial massage is the best known example of soft tissue therapy.
What Sports Injuries Can Chiropractic Help?
Chiropractors may be able to assist in treating acute, subacute or chronic sports injury, depending on the type of injury and treatment requirements.
Common types of injuries include:
- Back, hip and leg pain
- Muscle strain and tightness
- Postural misalignments
- Disc injury
- Soft tissue injury
- Ankle and knee injury
Chiropractic aims to identify the underlying cause of any problem. We don’t want to just treat your symptoms. Rather we want to address the cause. Otherwise your pain may come back.
That’s how chiropractic is different to western medicine. We take a whole of body approach to musculoskeletal health challenges.
We profile the most common sporting injuries treated in clinic below.
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All in all, sports injury management with chiropractic is a non-invasive form of treatment which may help athletes to restore their body’s strength after an injury, address pain and improve biomechanics. This helps to get you back in the game!
Each week, over 200,000 Australians regularly visit their local chiropractor
Chiropractic commonly helps many musculoskeletal issues…let’s work together to address your concern. The team here at New World Chiro is ready to help you. To book a chiropractic consultation at New World Chiro please phone or email today. We have a New Patient Consultation to get you started with chiropractic.
Commonly Treated Symptoms
Our clinic commonly helps the following challenges:
- J Manipulative PhysiolTher. 2011 Jan;34(1):54-61. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2010.11.003. A report of the 2009 World Games injury surveillance of individuals who voluntarily used the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic delegation. Nook DD, Nook BC.
- New Zealand Study on Chiropractic 1978.