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Our chiropractor, Dr. Daniel Carlow, has been treating musculoskeletal sports injuries for more than 20 years. He has formally studied physical medicine, sports injuries and exercise rehabilitation. If you are in pain because of a sports injury, do not hesitate to contact our chiropractor for an initial evaluation.

Common Sports Injuries

Amateur and professional athletes as well as weekend warriors are all prone to sports injuries. Sports injuries can be classified into two categories, including acute and chronic. If you are playing a sport, working out at the gym or running and suddenly feel a sharp pain, you might have experienced an acute injury. If you experience pain that feels like it is getting progressively worse while using the body part, you could have a chronic injury. This is especially true if you have had the pain for at least three months. Common sports injuries include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Muscle Strains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shin Splints
  • Tennis Elbow

RICE

When you are initially injured, you may want to try RICE to reduce your pain.

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

The goal of this treatment is to reduce your inflammation and pain while starting the healing process. Resting ensures you do not cause further injury. Ice helps stop the swelling. Compression stabilizes the area, and elevation is used to further reduce the swelling. While this may help, our chiropractor in Gilbert recommends scheduling an appointment at our chiropractic office if your pain persists for longer than 48 hours.

Chiropractic Treatments from our Sports Chiropractor in Gilbert

Our sports chiropractor in Gilbert offers chiropractic adjustments, exercise therapy, deep tissue therapy, massage therapy and electric stimulation for the healing of sports injuries. The chiropractic or spinal adjustment forms the base of our treatment programs. This treatment is performed with our chiropractor's hands. On each joint or vertebrae that are misaligned, he will apply a firm, swift thrust to push the joint back into its proper position. This restores range of motion, reduces swelling and lowers your pain.

Exercise therapy involves performing normal exercises and stretches both in our office and at home. The stretches and exercises are designed to strengthen your muscles and improve your range of motion and flexibility.

Deep tissue therapy is designed to break up scar tissue and reduce muscle cramps. This therapy is similar to a deep tissue massage except it targets the deepest tissues of the muscles and ligaments. It is also more targeted than a massage.

Massage therapy increases blood flow throughout the body and helps the muscles release lactic acid. Receiving a massage can reduce your overall body pain almost immediately.

Electric stimulation involves using electrical impulses to help heal muscle injuries. This treatment reduces muscle cramps by relaxing the muscles. It also lowers muscle pain in the targeted muscles, and it can help you recovery faster from your injury.

To schedule an appointment at our Gilbert chiropractic clinic, call us at 480-545-4580.