Sport Injury in Downtown Edmonton
A sports injury in Downtown Edmonton can happen in many different areas of the body and have significant variation in severity. Many of these can be managed conservatively and will heal well on their own or with minor therapy. Sometimes, especially with significant traumatic injuries, surgical repair may be warranted. To make this distinction, it is important to figure out what is going on so we can decide the best course of treatment.
For injuries that do not require more invasive treatment, it is very important to know why the injury is happening. If we know what is going on (ie pain, inflammation), but not why it is happening, you are typically just treating the symptoms and never getting to an ideal resolution. If we know why the injury is happening we can correct the cause, and even if it isn’t clear exactly which tissue is injured, an excellent resolution is likely.
Sports injury management always starts with a thorough history taking and examination. We will discuss your injury and goals in depth and perform an examination to identify what the problem is and WHY it is happening. Further studies like X-Ray, Ultrasound, or MRI may be performed as well.
Following an examination, your doctor will go over findings, options and recommendations to get you back in action as soon as possible. If we/both/everyone agrees we are a good fit to work together, treatment can usually start on the first visit.
Treatment plans generally include at least in office treatment focusing on restoring movement and balance, some exercise focused on strength, coordination and stability, and some basic nutrition recommendations. Movement, Strength and Nutrition are 3 pillars of healthy tissue. Depending on patient goals and other factors, a more comprehensive plan may be required or desired.
Basic in office Chiropractic treatment for sports injury typically includes soft tissue therapy like active release or Graston IASTM and some joint mobility work like manipulation. Exercises are demoed in office and/or video instruction is provided.
Most of our athletes have a team they work with including Physical Therapists, Physicians, Massage therapists, coaches, trainers, athletic therapists. It is important to be working together to complement each other’s skills and expertise in the best interest of the athlete. Our team includes a sports acupuncturist R.Ac, naturopathic doctor offering prolotherapy, as well as RMT, all with extensive experience treating athletes of all types.
Most of the time our goal is fairly simple. A strong, properly moving joint/muscle complex is a healthy one. A strong, properly moving and nourished body is a healthy one. We want to move everyone towards health, not simply manage pain. This is a simple concept, but it is not always easy to accomplish. Years of improper movement patterns and habits, chronic and repeated injuries can be stubborn to deal with. With hard work and repetition, most of these can be rebuilt and you will often be better, stronger and faster on the other end. We want to take you from rehabilitation to high performance.
Should I go to a Chiropractor or a Physiotherapist?
We have a longer post on this here. These are not mutually exclusive options and are not fighting against each other. I was asked by a PT colleague if I thought many of my patients needed to see physio. I responded that if they needed to see physio I would probably not be doing my job properly, but I think a better question is do I have any patients who also would not benefit from seeing a good PT? I doubt it. Most of our athletes also have a PT they work with and we work well together. Treatment will usually have some overlap if everyone is staying current but at least we have another set of eyes and thoughts to complement each other. We have a few good friends that we work well with on our recommended page, but it is by no means a comprehensive list.
How long will it take to recover from a sports injury?
This obviously varies with the severity of the injury as well as things like age, nutrition status, previous injuries, time and dedication spent on recovery, etc. A good general guideline for soft tissue healing is 4-6 weeks minimum, 12 weeks for more complicated injuries or slower healing tissue and 12-18 months for complete remodeling after things like significant ligament repair or joint reconstruction. Typically the pain will go away before we have complete tissue health and function, which should be the goal for long-term results.
Do I have to take time off?
Rest can be an important part of a care plan, but it is not always necessary and will rarely change a biomechanical problem. If poor running technique or an issue with form during a movement is causing the problem, rest may calm it down, but the issue is likely to return when the activity is resumed. Often if the problem is corrected, your tissue will be able to heal without complete rest. No one likes to rest and take time off training or competing so continued participation is always the goal if possible during care.
Our team is a cultivated group of highly trained and experienced professionals. We’ve seen it all, or most of it, and are confident in our ability to get you where you want to be, where you need to be. We are proud to work together in office and alongside any other members of your healthcare team.
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