Can a chiropractor treat extremity conditions?
Absolutely! Your Chiropractic physician is well schooled in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, including conditions affecting: shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, muscle strains, etc.
In addition to the spine, we commonly treat:
- Rotator cuff injury
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist and hand injury
- Hip pain/arthritis
- Knee sprain/strain
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome and ankle sprain/strain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Foot and toe pain
The goal of chiropractic management is usually to:
- Reduce inflammation (ice, electric stim)
- Improve joint mobility (extremity adjustments)
- Improve muscular strength and flexibility (exercise and rehab)
As with any injury, we generally expect good improvement within the first two weeks of treatment. If you are not significantly improved in that time period we either recommend additional diagnostic tests like MRI, EMG, CT, or additional x-rays, or recommend a second opinion to another specialist.
If you require treatment or testing not provided in this office, we have no problem making the appropriate referral and we maintain an extensive referral list which includes: neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, Acupuncturist, family practice physicians, internists, OB/GYNs, nutritionists, dentist, physical therapists, etc.
Most Doctors of Chiropractic earn a bachelor’s degree, and many also earn a higher degree, before completing an additional postgraduate program leading to a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. To gain a Sports Chiropractic degree, the postgraduate specialty program encompasses radiology, orthopedics, neurology, emergency procedures, and athletic treatment protocols. The goal is to achieve advanced levels of competency in all areas as a sports physician.
Sports injuries and rigorous athletic conditioning, typically disturb normal body mechanics. These minor and/or major disturbances may negatively affect athletic performance. Because of the expertise and extensive training in neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions, sports chiropractic physicians are uniquely skilled in treating the athlete. Doctors of Chiropractic, especially sports chiropractic physicians, are sensitive to joint dysfunction. When a joint is dysfunctional, there are also disturbed neurological reflexes which may result in poorly communicated information to the central nervous system. These diminished reflexes may result in slowed reaction time or may cause muscles to be dysfunctional; tight or inhibited. Numerous studies demonstrate enhanced mechanics of a joint in addition to enhanced nervous system function immediately following chiropractic manipulation.
More and more athletic teams are demanding for sports chiropractic care. Many teams have a sports chiropractic physician as their team physician. The sports chiropractic physician receives postgraduate education in the treatment of conditions related to body mechanics, diagnosis, emergency procedures, pre-participation evaluations, rehabilitation, injury prevention, physical therapy, nutrition, joint support and taping, exercise prescription, and athletic conditioning. The sports chiropractic physician is unique to today’s athletes, on and off the field. Because Doctors of Chiropractic use methods that do not include pharmaceuticals, the athlete can receive care without fear of drug reactions, loss of alertness, or athletic disqualification. Additionally, the CCEP is well trained to recognize the need for referral to other health-care professionals and are not hesitant to do so, when needed.