Sports Chiropractic

At Dynamic Spine Center we have the capabilities to examine, diagnose and treat most sports related injuries. High school, collegiate and professional athletes are seeking chiropractic care for their injuries and performance care to enhance their agility, strength and speed. Most sports injuries cause sprains, strains or tearing of ligaments and muscles which support the joints (shoulder elbow, hand, wrist, hip, knee ankle, foot). When the joint cannot be supported, it will become dysfunctional causing pain and loss of motion. Chiropractic sports care includes the evaluation of the joint and the associated injured soft tissues. Most tissue tears and joint sprains can be helped with sports chiropractic. Injuries that include fractures and/or severe joint instability will be referred for orthopedic evaluation.

Sports Chiropractic, in its simplest form, is correcting the movement between joints in the body and preventing neuromusculo-skeletal injuries and biomechanical imbalances.  In all major, moving joints in the body, there are bone to bone relationships.  In each of these relationships, there is a necessary movement that must occur.  Often these joints will become stuck, fixated or subluxated. These subluxated joints can have negative effects on the muscles, nerves and overall performance of the body.  

The trunk and core of the body–being where all movement is originated as well as its stabilization center–creates a high need for structural integrity and optimal function.  The joint focus here is the spine.  Throwing, racket or club sports have additional stresses on the shoulder, elbow and wrist.  Running or skating sports have increased stress on the lower half of the body.  Any direct-contact sport puts the athlete at risk for a great variety of injuries, as well as opportunities for the joints to become locked or subluxated.  

Before an athlete feels pain, there will be early symptoms of lacking normal joint movement.  The athlete will have decreased range of motion, lack of coordination, reduced joint stability, increased muscle tension and tightness, and could potentially suffer from exertion-induced asthma or headaches.  

These symptoms will lead to decreased performance and increased risk of injury.  

At Dynamic Spine Center, Dr. Isidore restores the normal movement of the joint, and then uses physical therapy, myofascial release, massage and stretching to treat the muscle and associated tissues.  This way, both the cause and painful effect are treated.  Specific exercises are then taught to reduce the risk of re-injury. 

What is the difference between chiropractic sports care and medical sports care?

This often depends on the medical doctor’s or chiropractic doctor‘s professional education. Most medical doctors are general practitioners and are considered specialists in internal (disease, organs, blood) medicine. Chiropractors are considered specialists in neuro-musculoskeletal (nerves, muscles, joints) conditions. Not all chiropractors treat sports injuries. Our office has advanced education in the specific treatment of sports related injuries and has successfully treated multiple athletes from various levels of competition.

Sports care given by a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP) or  Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner® (CCSP®);  will involve direct hands on application to the injured area. This may include Chiropractic Adjustment, specific muscle and tendon manipulation and massage. Many sports related injuries will also require physiotherapeutic modalities which may include Cold Laser, ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, infrared light therapy, ice/ heat, and/ or contrast stimulation. Adjustments to the injured joints will not only align the bones of the joints, but will also help align the torn fibers that hold the joint together. Exercise rehabilitation will also be utilized to strengthen and stabilize the injured area. This combination of treatment decreases inflammation and pain and treats the injury directly without side-effects and allows for quicker healing time. Overall the chiropractic approach to sports injury care helps prevent chronic problems and allows for more stable, pain free joints and healthier soft tissues.

Chiropractic for Athletes

have special needs and our office understands the specific nature and requirements needed to help you perform optimally.  Whether it’s during the season or in the off-season, Chiropractic care is becoming the competitive advantage that many athletes are now seeking.When your body is in better alignment, your nervous system is finely tuned, all piston’s are firing!!!! This leads to better performance, fewer injuries and quicker recovery.

A research study conducted by Drs. Anthony Lauro and Brian Mouch, published in the journal of Chiropractic research and Clinical Investigation, 1991, indicated chiropractic care might improve athletic performance by as much as 16.7% over a two week period. The report also concluded that subluxation-free athletes react faster, coordinate better, execute fine movements with improved accuracy and precision, amounting to an overall better athlete.

Top professionals in every sport are under chiropractic care to increase health and performance. “I would estimate that in excess of 90% of all world-class athletes use Chiropractic care to prevent injuries and to increase their performance potential.” – Sean Atkings, Ph D Exercise Physiologist .   The following are just a few sports stars under chiropractic care.  See Celebrity Testimonials

Many amateur and professional athletes are sidelined with injuries that could be avoided. Others sit it out on the bench because their injury does not respond to ordinary treatment. Still others are playing, but at less than peak efficiency, simply because their structural system is not balance. Progressive coaches, athletes, and doctors are realizing that pain killing drugs are not the answer. They merely cover up the symptoms, deceiving the athlete into actions which could make the injury more serious. Probably more than any other health profession, Chiropractic’s approach to health closely relates to the needs of the sports participant. Most sports involve body contact, fast starts and stops, and positioning that places an unusual amount of strain on the back and structural system. Doctors of Chiropractic consider a person as an integrated being, giving special attention to the spine, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Chiropractic is a natural health care method that stresses the importance of keeping all the systems of the body functioning efficiently so the player enjoys peak performance, a minimum injury risk, and fast recuperative powers. Many world class and Olympic athletes, as well as professional stars and teams, have retained sports chiropractors to provide care. Joe Montana, Nolan Ryan, Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jubbar, and Carl Lewis all utilize chiropractic care. The Players Association of the NFL has officially incorporated sports chiropractors as a regular part of care. Chiropractors have been selected as attending doctors at the Olympic Games and at national and world championships in track and field, cycling, volleyball, powerlifting, aerobics, and triathlons.

Chiropractic – the treatment of choice

Chiropractic is becoming more a treatment of choice by professional and amateur athletes. This has been evident in the treatment of collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes and has enabled us to gain recognition.5 Chiropractic care is not only limited to the more advanced athlete, but young athletes are able to benefit from chiropractic treatment as well. This is especially true in the areas of critical, acute, and emergency care.2

Due to the lack of education in the areas of biomechanical and neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction, medical doctors are not as well prepared to deal with athletic injuries. Because of this, many athletes of varying abilities are learning of the benefits of chiropractic care. An excellent example of a medical professional giving advice to professional players about chiropractic can be found in the San Francisco 49ers. Some of the players personal doctors are quoted as saying, “It’s the worst thing for you,” and “If he (their chiropractor) hasn’t hurt you already, he will hurt you.”6 Many high-performance athletes and their coaches have found that sports chiropractic plays a major role in three important areas of prime concern to all athletes: maximum musculoskeletal performance, prevention of injury, and management of injury.1,2

Weekend and amateur athletes can learn about the importance of chiropractic adjustments from many professional athletes. No matter which sport you enjoy on your day off, you can find someone you admire in your area of interest that is being treated by a chiropractor. The list of advocates is long. Boxing heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield; Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Roger Craig of the four time Super Bowl champions San Francisco 49ers in football; Chi Chi Rodriguez in golf; world champion kick-boxer Dennis Alexio; as well as champions in virtually every major sport are becoming regular chiropractic patients. Many of these athletes insist on being adjusted by their chiropractors just prior to competition.3 They feel they are not able to perform at their optimum ability without the reassurance that they have full range of motion without restriction in their joints.7

The changing outlook towards health from an allopathic standpoint to a more holistic approach has brought the study of nutrition to a more respectable position. The athlete is always looking to enhance performance, speed, injury rehabilitation, and increase endurance. In their search they are being drawn to the benefits of nutrition. Inadequate nutrition and unhealthy nutritional behavior is clearly linked to the etiology of practically every major chronic disease.8 Chiropractors qualified in the field of nutrition are able to give pertinent advice on vitamin supplementation, dietary intakes, environmental toxicities, homeostasis, and biomechanical reactions of bodily systems.4

In an effort to reduce injuries entire teams as well as individual athletes are looking toward chiropractic to design tailored conditioning programs. They are finding that chiropractors, as trained professionals in the area of biomechanical function of the neuromusculoskeletal system, are better able to prepare a complete conditioning and injury prevention program.9

It is necessary to properly assess and identify the biomechanics of an injury prior to the initiation of a goal-oriented treatment program of the involved area.

The soft tissue involvement of an injury must be evaluated and included in the treatment program. Many problems are found to be initiated at the precompetition level, due to poor conditioning, poor fitness or poor posture. Evaluation procedures use not only traditional orthopedic tests, neurological examinations, and x-ray studies, but have come to include more extensive outside professional diagnostic procedures. These may include CAT scans, MRIs, joint angiograms, diskograms, and joint arthroscopic procedures.10


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