Many people mistakenly believe that physiotherapy is the only option for treatment and rehabilitation from sporting injuries.
They are often surprised to learn that Chiropractors are trained extensively the in the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries. A chiropractor can properly assess, diagnose and treat sports injuries and help you prevent them from reoccurring.
With a core interest in movement and function, chiropractors play an important role in helping recreational and competitive athletes to enhance performance, manage and prevent injuries. Chiropractors are now regular members on Olympic medical teams, and recently participated in the Rio Olympics. They continue to be involved in many State and National level sporting organisations.
“Chiropractors are trained extensively in the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries.”
The most common sports injuries our Geelong chiropractors treat include:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Muscles strains and recurrent muscle tears
- Chronic and acute joint sprains (most commonly ankle sprains)
- Knee injuries
- Lower extremity tendinopathies
- Rotator cuff and shoulder impingement syndromes
- Shoulder and hip impingement and instability syndromes
Most often, excessive training, inappropriate training methods, or simply the risks of contact sport can be a cause of injury, but structural abnormalities, poor adaptations and muscle imbalances/weaknesses can also be culprits leading to pain and injury.
Chiropractors are trained to assess, diagnose and manage sports-related injuries as part of their core competencies. In fact, through a comprehensive history and physical examination, chiropractors can help determine the cause of pain and dysfunction as well as recommend an appropriate plan of management.
Conservative care offered by chiropractors, dependent on the injury and mechanism, may include joint manipulation and mobilisation, soft tissue therapies, rehabilitation exercises and lifestyle advice to restore proper function, enhance healing of damaged tissue and reduce pain. Chiropractors can also help, in partnership with coaches and other health practitioners, to determine the best strategy to return to play.
About our Chiropractors
Dr Phoebe Sheppard is an experienced chiropractor with a broad range of skills and techniques that can assist you to recover from injury and improve your health. Phoebe is currently undertaking her postgraduate training in Sports Chiropractic and is actively involved in treating athletes. Find out more about her here.