Regular participation in sport and exercise are great ways to keep fit and healthy but there are risks involved and sometimes injuries happen. Most often excessive training, inappropriate technique or a collision with another player can be the cause of injury but structural abnormalities and muscle imbalances or weakness can also be to blame. Common sporting injuries include lower back pain, neck pain, sprains and strains, ankle injuries, knee injuries, rotator cuff injuries, elbow injuries and tendinopathies. Such injuries may cause significant pain and debilitation taking a patient away from the sports and activities that they enjoy.
The chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic Mittagong and Goulburn assess, diagnose and treat acute and chronic sporting injuries. They first focus on diagnosing the cause of a patient’s pain in order to determine the best evidence-based treatment approach. This diagnosis is made after the chiropractor has taken a detailed history and performed a thorough examination. Our chiropractors are trained to identify when an injury requires co-management with another health professional or requires referral.
Once the cause of a patient’s injury has been diagnosed and any underlying abnormalities or weakness have been identified the chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic then develop a management plan guided by a thorough understanding of the latest research. This management plan also includes the best strategy for returning to play and avoiding future injury. Treatment is aimed at reducing pain, healing damaged tissue, improving movement, strength and function of the injured area, and correcting any underlying biomechanical issues that may have contributed to the injury.
Treatment often includes joint mobilisation or manipulation, soft tissue techniques, dry needling, advice on pain relieving methods, advice on technique and training methods specific to the patient’s particular sport, ergonomic and activity modification advice, and the prescription of specific rehabilitation exercises. The use of these techniques varies depending on the patient’s age, health and their personal preference.