Chiropractic Sports Medicine
As a chiropractor at BalancedSpinalCare.com, I am always interested in what other people’s opinions are on the topic of Chirsopractic care. Tim and I have discussed this issue on a few occasions. One of the major focuses of our discussions in on the need for chirpractic care for sports injuries.
Chiropracic medicine has a multitude of specialties. There is actually a specialty known as Sports Chiropractics. According to the (ACASC) American Chiropractic Association Sports Council, Sports Chiropractors are Doctors of Chiropractic who have specialized training in sports injuries and physical fitness. They are experts in the examination, diagnosis and treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal structures as related to injury by athletic performance. Sports Chiropractors are licensed in all fifty states and many countries throughout the world.
In 2002, 31% of the National Football League (NFL) teams used a chiropractor in an official capacity on their staff and team members. In 2006, a study analyzing Division I NCAA college athletes at inter-college sporting events in Hawaii found that chiropractic care within the last 12 months was reported by 39% of respondents. That tells me that football players obviously find chiropractic treatments to be beneficial.
Many types of athletes use sports chiropractors, such as: Olympic athletes, bicyclists, golfers and ice hockey players. Though it is hard for a specialist such as a chiropractor to stand out from the general physicians, who do it all, it seems that many athletes still prefer a non-western approach. Chiropractors use a wholistic approach when treating sports related injuries with out using drug or surgical intervention.
Do I have to be Professional Athlete to receive care?
No, while many professional atheltes use the care of a chirporacter many non-professional atheltes enjoy the same services. The U.S. Center for Disease control estimates that approximately 150 million adults and 30 million children engage in organized sports or other regular physical exercise regularly. Out of that number you can guess that there are some who are not the most graceful and many of them are accident prone. The CDC also reported that in 2002 over 4.3 million visits to the hospital were sports related.
Is the Care better from a Chiropractor or a Physician?
So the question still remains, do people believe that chiropractors provide quality care? It would seem that it depends on who you talk to. There are some people who have been to a chiropractor and will never go again, while many others see chiropractors on a routine basis. An opinion is just that. Different people are looking for a different type of care for injuries and strains that cause them physical pain. But, those that are looking for an alternative to the care provided by conventional medicine, chiropractic care is one of the best choices. It’s a medical alternative that uses a hands-on approach to help patients in pain get the care they need. No drugs or surgeries are used.
Also, if you are seeing a regular physician and aren’t getting better it might be a great idea to try something new. The healing response is different in everyone and some treatments to pain respond differently for different people.