Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sports Related Injuries Respond Well To Chiropractic

Does anyone want to play tennis? No thanks, my lateral
epicondylitis (tennis elbow) is acting up. Would you prefer
golf? No thanks, my musculoligamentous injury (lower back
strain) is acting up. What about if we take a pleasant
walk? No thanks, my prepatellar bursa (inflamed knee) is
acting up.

You have tried ice packs, heating pads, and pain
medications. Before one opts to undergo surgery, one should
consider using a chiropractor. A chiropractor takes a
holistic approach to your health care, focusing on your
entire body, not only your pain. Chiropractics is derived
from two Greek words "cheir" (hand) and "praktos" (done),
for the meaning "done by hand". In 1895, Daniel David
Palmer first combined the various forms of physical
manipulation with the scientific study of anatomy.

Since then, this done by hand approach to medicine has
grown to more than 60,000 practitioners in the United
States alone, valued for its focus on total health rather
than immediate relief of symptoms through medication. For
your tennis elbow, your doctor may recommend
over-the-counter medications. If that does not work, he may
recommend corticosteroid shots. If that does not work, he
may send you to a surgeon to sever and reattach the tendon.

A sports injury specialist, on the other hand, will search
for the cause of the pain. In most cases, the cause is
muscular, with the body redirecting the function of one
muscle to another muscle in order to compensation for the
true source of the pain. Exercise and manipulation,
properly administered by a trained sports injury specialist
will provide relief without the dangerous side effects of
steroids or the scars of surgery.

For your lower back strain, your doctor may recommend bed
rest. If that does not work, he may recommend carbamazepine
(a seizure medication) or amitriptyline (an
antidepressant). If that does not work, he may send you to
a surgeon for endoscopic disc repair. A certified physical
therapist, on the other hand, will recommend a series of
regular exercises to strengthen the muscles of your lower

According to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological
Therapeutics, "A higher proportion of chiropractic patients
(56 percent versus 13percent) reported that their low-back
pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of
medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or
much worse."

For your inflamed knee, your doctor may again recommend
over-the-counter medications and corticosteroid shots.
However, acupuncture may provide the relief you seek. This
3000-year old Chinese art gained credibility in the western
world in 1997 when the National Institutes of Health
recognized it as an acceptable practice.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin
needles into certain pressure points throughout the body.
When properly performed by a certified acupuncturist, this
treatment is a safe, holistic method to reduce your pain
without harming the rest of your body. Regardless of your
choice of treatment, you can be certain that your
chiropractor will take into account your whole body, and
will provide hands-on treatment aimed at the source of your
pain, not simply its symptoms.

At Loop Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center we offer the
most comprehensive Lincoln Park Chiropractic approach to
evaluate and treat your sports injury. If you are in the
Lincoln Park or Skokie areas of Chicago and require
acupuncture, massage therapy or other treatment, give us a
call -

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