How a Chiropractor Can Help After an Injury

How a Chiropractor Can Help After an Injury

You probably associate chiropractic care with back pain, as most people do. But there are many more reasons you may need chiropractic care, including as part of a rehabilitation plan following an injury.

Acute vs. Chronic Injuries

Most injuries are acute, meaning the result of a specific event, such as twisting your knee during a basketball game or straining your neck during an auto accident. Acute injuries occur at a certain time and affect a particular part of your body, in contrast to chronic injuries, which happen after the same motion repeated again and again. Chronic injuries are sometimes called overuse injuries.

Chiropractic care may be beneficial if you have either type of injury. At Allied Integrative Health and Wellness, you can expect chiropractic care to be one part of an overall rehabilitation plan designed to help you regain as much mobility and function as possible following your injury.

Rehabilitation Gets You Moving

An injury can leave you feeling stiff, sore, weak, and in pain. Depending on the type of injury you’ve sustained, rehabilitation can help restore your range of motion, stretch and strengthen your muscles, and help your joints move properly.

Chiropractic adjustments help get and keep your body mechanically aligned so that you can begin to address your weak areas. For example, if you’ve had a shoulder injury, chiropractic adjustments ensure all of your bones and soft tissues are where they should be and your joint isn’t impinged in anyway. That allows you to begin stretching and moving the joint.

Integrated Rehabilitation

Along with chiropractic adjustments, your rehabilitation plan may include:

The combination of modalities you need depends on whether your injury is acute or chronic, the severity of the injury, your medical history, and many other factors. Usually, though, chiropractic care is one element.

Chiropractic Adjustments Help Control Pain

A common injury that may be effectively treated with chiropractic care is carpal tunnel syndrome, when a large nerve in your wrist is constricted, causing pain. Chiropractic adjustments can lessen inflammation and ease the constriction around the nerve, reducing the pain.

Many other types of injuries are similar in that nerves, which send pain signals, are constricted, either by misaligned bones or inflamed soft tissues. Chiropractic adjustments to reduce the pressure on the nerves mean you feel less pain.

Chiropractic adjustments mobilize joints

Sports injuries often involve joints because running, jumping, twisting, and even simply practicing a particular movement can be hard on your joints. Chiropractic adjustments may help you heal following a joint injury.

Restoring joint function is central to chiropractic care. If you’ve had an injury, joint mobilization can be especially critical, making chiropractic care an essential part of your rehabilitation.

If you’ve endured an injury and need rehabilitation, book an appointment online or by phone for a consultation at Allied Integrative Health and Wellness. You can expect to find our staff ready to do everything they can to help you reach the best quality of life possible through a rehabilitation plan designed to meet your individual needs.

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