Sports Injuries

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Chiropractic Treatment for Sports Injuries in Pleasanton, CA

As an athlete, no matter what sport you compete in, there is an incredible amount of pressure put on the body through these activities. Oftentimes, athletes can experience painful tears, sprains, strains, and broken bones but what many do not realize is that regular chiropractic care can often mitigate many of these injuries. To understand how chiropractic care works for athletes, you have to first understand what we do. At The Pleasant Chiropractor, chiropractors for athletes work with clients in Pleasanton, CA, to understand the physical demands their bodies must endure during competitive sports. We use our motion study x-ray to understand and identify areas of weakness or pain and work to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that often includes chiropractic care, decompression therapy, vibration therapy, massage, nutrition, and fitness counseling. By providing these services all under one roof, we can ensure our patients get the care they need to enjoy the things they love!

What kind of sports injuries can you treat?

Over the years, we’ve pretty much seen it all. Our chiropractor, Dr. Dan, has provided care for professional athletes, collegiate stars, all the way down to high school sports and youth sports in Pleasanton, CA. Injuries can happen no matter the age, but our goal is to help our patients alleviate pain and get back on their feet quickly. The most common injuries that we see are sprains, strains, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and knee pain. The main reasons for these injuries are due to forceful impacts, repetitive motions, or over-training, or failure to warm up properly. Depending on the injury, we will do a motion study x-ray to determine the extent of the injury and then through a comprehensive treatment plan, restore normal joint function and through our nutrition and fitness counseling, become less susceptible to injury in the future.

How can you treat a sprain?

Sprains are a common occurrence in any sport. From dance and gymnastics to baseball, hockey, and football, sprains occur when ligaments are stretched too far and torn. When this happens, patients often have extreme pain, inflammation, and a limited range of motion in the joint. This is the body telling you something is wrong! Treatment for sprains varies based on location. In the ankle, for example, we may ice the joint to reduce swelling and perform a series of adjustments and therapy techniques to increase the range of motion. The goal is to prevent permanent injury to the area.

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Can you treat a knee injury?

Knee injuries can be tricky just based on the use of the joint as a whole. In order to walk, you need a full range of motion in your knee which can make treatment somewhat difficult. Knee injuries are fairly common, ranging from ligament tears and sprains to damage to the cartilage, muscles, and bone. Depending on the nature of the injury, we have a variety of treatments available to reduce pain, inflammation, and get to the root cause of the problem. From there, we will work with the patient to restore normal function and prevent further injury.

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What can you do for a dislocation?

Dislocations can be extremely painful and often require a series of treatments to fix the problem and prevent further injury. High impact sports such as football, soccer, and gymnastics can lead to severe dislocations. Essentially, what happens is that the bone and the joint become separated, leading to possible nerve damage, discoloration, strained tendons, and ligaments, and more. Inflammation is a common side effect in addition to the pain as the body tries to protect itself from further injury. Rehabilitation often includes a series of treatments to restore normal joint function and prevent further injury.

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