Basketball injuries; why choose chiropractic first?

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All 30 NBA teams have a chiropractor on staff. Some NBA players who support chiropractic care include Michael Jordan, John Stockton, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Tim Duncan, and Carmelo Anthony.

High profile basketball players and their teams understand that the common injuries suffered by basketball players can often be treated naturally and cost effectively with chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care can help high school and college basketball players improve their performance, reduce the risk of injury, and recover faster. Some benefits of chiropractic care for basketball players include: Improved mobility and flexibility, Freer nerve communication, Faster recovery, Improved reflexes, and Improved hand-eye coordination. 

An estimated 1.6 million basketball injuries occur annually, with ankle sprains being the most common type of injury, accounting for 25% of all basketball injuries. Other common injuries include patellofemoral pain and acute knee trauma.

Commmon injuries treated by chiropractic sports physicians include

  • Achillies tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Back and neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow and wrist pain

Many of the common problems related to basketball include pain in the back and legs due to jumping, upper body pain from shooting or from direct contact with other players.  Often problems in the upper body are related to how the lower body functions.  This is especially true when shooting a shot from the foul line or when taking a jump shot.   Problems in the lower back will affect your shot accuracy in ways you couldn't possibly imagine, even with the absense of pain.

Rather than only evaluating the painful part, chiropractors are trained to think holistically, and will do a thorough evaluation and history to uncover the reasons for the painful problem. Sometimes a knee, back or upper body problem can begin at the feet and your chiropractic sports physician will consider this in their evaluation.  To be holistic is to be thorough.

This may be why professional sports is increasingly relying on chiropractors to help their athletes recover faster, with care that is sensible and natural.

How would a chiropractic sports physician evaluate and treat a basketball injury?

During the initial visit, the doctor will do a thorough history, exam and if trauma is involved, may take an x ray too.

If a referral to a medical specialist is necessary, they will make a referral to the necessary specialist.  The good news is, most baseball injuries can be evaluated and treated at the chiropractic office and treatment begins during the first visit in most cases.

Chiropractic sports physicians are a one stop shop for most things musculoskeletal and by keeping things simple, it improves results, lowers costs and helps you get back into your sport faster.

Chiropractic sports physicians will use treatments such as myofascial release, manipulation of the spine and extremities and exercises to help you get better fast without the use of drugs, unnecessary tests or injections.

Visiting a chiropractic sports physician is simple.  Just call or book online.  Do it today.