Sports Injury

Sports Injury Chiropractic Care Helps Athletes Heal Quickly

Dr. Allan DellaBella is an internationally acclaimed sports injury chiropractor, and has provided chiropractic care to professional athletes, the U.S. Olympic team and patients as far away as California and the Bahamas. Patients choose our wellness center because of our whole body approach to sports injuries. We don’t just “cover up” pain with medication. Instead, we correct the underlying cause for the injury, providing long-term pain relief and reducing the risk of future problems.  As mentioned by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, sports injury chiropractors possess specialized knowledge of sports injuries and physical fitness.

Sports Injury in Boca Raton

Sports Injury Pain Management

Pain Management Without Drugs

A sports injury can cause serious damage to the musculoskeletal system. Even a single disk injury can lead to chronic back, neck, leg and shoulder pain. Unfortunately, traditional medical care only treats the symptoms of sports injuries. Our approach to treatment is different. With every patient, we focus on identifying the underlying cause for an injury, such as a misalignment of the musculoskeletal system. Rather than relying on medication, Dr. DellaBella provides long-lasting pain relief through chiropractic adjustment.

One of the most common athletic injuries is a strain or sprain. Soft tissue damage to the ligaments, tendons and muscles can cause pain and inflammation. Without effective treatment, these sports injuries will not properly heal. The body will then compensate for the injury pain by adjusting its movements, which can lead to new injuries. If you have sustained an injury from sports or other types of athletic activity, immediate care from a chiropractor is essential to preventing the build up of scar tissue and additional damage to the musculoskeletal system.

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Common Sports Injuries

Although dealing with any injury or illness can be a frustrating experience, a sports-related injury can potentially prevent you from participating in an activity that you love. Many sports injuries are caused by repetitive motion, so continued use of the affected body part, without the proper healing treatment, may lead to long-term discomfort and lack of mobility. This is especially the case with shoulder pain, knee pain, back pain and neck pain.

At Shadowood Chiropractic Center, we provide top chiropractic care for sports injuries to Boca Raton athletes that focuses on not just repairing your injury but on keeping your body in top performance shape. This type of care ensures that the chance of future injury and pain is greatly minimized.

Our Goal is Sports Injury Prevention

The upper body is so heavily involved in most sports that one of the most common problems we deal with in our office stems from shoulder pain. Some of the most common types of sports-related shoulder injuries are:

Rotator Cuff Injury

if you are experiencing a limited range of motion, weakness, pain or stiffness in your shoulder, you may be suffering from this condition. The rotator cuff is a set of four muscles in the shoulder that are connected by a thick group of tissue fibers. These tendons can get worn down and torn through repeated overhead arm movements that use the shoulder muscle. Sports activities that put people at high risk for a rotator cuff injury include throwing a ball, swimming and swinging a tennis racket.

Dislocated Shoulder

this is caused by a trauma to the shoulder such as in a hard fall or being struck by a hard object.

AC Joint Sprain

typically happens with a fall on the shoulder when the hand is at the side of the body or with a fall onto the top of the shoulder. This kind of injury is common when playing hockey, rugby or falling forward when riding a bike and being pitched over the handlebars.

Labral Tear

this type of injury occurs when the cartilage around the shoulder gets torn or damaged. Although hard to diagnose, labral tears may cause a clicking sound in the shoulder and result in an athlete’s inability to throw or move his arm with his usual strength or speed.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic for Sports Injuries

Nothing is more frustrating for an athlete, at any level of competition, than a debilitating sports injury that keeps you on the sidelines. Fortunately, your sports injury may respond beautifully to natural, non-surgical sports injury treatment in Boca Raton. Here are some common questions and answers about sports injury care from Dr. DellaBella, our Boca Raton chiropractor.

What are some basic sports injuries that can be treated with chiropractic?

Typical sports injuries include soft tissues strains, tears or ruptures; nerve damage or impingements; dislocations, and fractures. Our chiropractic team notes that disc herniation can also occur as the result of sports injuries caused or aggravated by spinal misalignments.

What is an overuse injury?

An overuse injury often occurs from repetitive motion that stresses a particular set of tissues. Swinging a tennis racket or golf club hundreds of times, for instance, can cause elbow tendonitis that requires treatment from our chiropractor. Runner’s knee is an example of a soft tissue strain; this injury is related to running for long periods on an incorrect or unbalanced gait.

Do athletes get whiplash?

Whiplash, a painful condition featuring tissue damage, disc herniation and spinal misalignments in the neck, is not relegated to auto accident victims. If your head hits the turf the wrong way or you suffer a violent tackle, for example, you can easily sustain a case of whiplash that requires sports injury treatment in Boca Raton.

How does chiropractic adjustment treat sports injuries?

Chiropractic care facilitates your body’s natural ability to heal itself, instead of forcing the solution via surgery or numbing the surface symptoms with drugs. By correcting your spinal or joint alignment, we can undo painful nerve pressure while also improving your posture to help you ward off future injuries.

What other forms of therapy can you offer?

If you have an old sports injury that never healed properly, you may be suffering from adhesions, bands of internal scarring, that limit your range of motion and cause pain. Our Boca Raton sports rehabilitation team may prescribe deep tissue massage to break these adhesions up and permit full healing of the affected area.

How quickly will I recover from my sports injury?

We wish we knew! Each injury has its own particular quirks, and each patient heals at a different rate. Our staff will do everything possible to ensure that you heal quickly, but also thoroughly

How do I know if I have a sports injury?

Sports injuries generally fall into two categories; acute and chronic. Acute injuries happen suddenly. Pain and swelling are usually instant. In this instance, you should immediately cease the activity and seek medical attention or schedule an appointment with our sports chiropractor for holistic treatment options. A chronic sports injury occurs over time and can include back pain, tennis elbow, runner’s knee and shin splints. These are also known as repetitive motion injuries, and chiropractic care can help reduce the associated pain and heal the injury.

What types of sports injuries do you treat?

Our Boca Raton team can successfully treat back pain, herniated and slipped disks, carpel tunnel, runner’s knee and tennis and golfer’s elbow with chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy.

Can chiropractic care actually heal my injury and reduce pain?

Receiving care from our chiropractor can successfully reduce your pain and heal your sports injuries. Chiropractic adjustments are effective at realigning the vertebrae and extremity joints. This ensures your spine and joints are properly aligned and helps reduce pain and inflammation while promoting proper function of the joint and surrounding ligaments and tendons.

Each sports injury is different, which is our Boca Raton sports injury treatment in individualized for both the athlete and the type of injury sustained. If you still have questions about your specific injury, contact Dr. DellaBella for a consultation. Nothing beats a first-hand evaluation for detailed answers and recommendations that could help you enjoy your favorite sport — and a higher level of overall health — once again. We want to be your resource for sports injury treatment in Boca Raton!

Sports Massage Therapy in Boca Raton

Sports massage is based on the Swedish massage technique but is geared in a highly targeted way for the athlete. Athletes tax and test their muscles like few others, and they are much more prone to overuse and injury. Both aggressive and repetitive muscle use can cause injuries that are both overt and more deeply seated.

Sports massage places a focus on the muscles that are under the most stress and targets them for therapeutic relief. Sports massage is effective when used both before and after training and competitions.

Top Benefits of Massage for Athletes

The combination of chiropractic care and massage for athletes and active persons are effective both as standalone treatments and when used in conjunction.

The feeling of well-being and associated body and brain chemistry following a sports massage will enhance all areas of life. Sports massage isn’t just for pro athletes; it’s for active persons from all walks of life. No matter what your sport, regular sports massage can bring healing and performance benefits on many levels.

Improved Flexibility

Training and injury can lead to muscle stiffness and rigidity. In some cases, injuries and microtears in the muscles can leave scar tissue as they heal. Sports massage helps to loosen muscle rigidity and improve flexibility, which in turn enhances sports performance.

Greater Range of Motion

With the breakup of scar tissue and improved flexibility, the greater range of motion is possible. Sports massage can also target and improve muscle-tendon junctions. This allows athletes to push performance limits to greater heights of success.

Shorter Recovery Time

Training, exercise, and sports competition all take their toll on the body. Whether exertion is heavy or repetitive in nature, the activity stresses the body. Sports massage assists in faster healing at the cellular level, shorter recovery times and the ability to continue training at high levels.

Better Circulation and Blood Flow

Massage assists in stimulating blood flow, oxygenating the blood, assisting the flow of lymph fluid and circulating key nutrients throughout the body. This results in cleaner, higher quality blood and healthier cells and tissues.

Waste Removal

Improved circulation helps to stimulate and release toxins from the body, including lactic and uric acids. This cleanses the blood, removes waste and speeds healing, improving sports performance and overall health.

Reduction in Inflammation

Inflammation in the body, as well as general swelling, is often a side effect of physical activity. Massage helps to stimulate natural healing processes, release toxins and reduce the presence of swelling and inflammation.

Improves Mood and Mindset

A great portion of sports performance is psychological. Being stressed or unfocused from physical or emotional causes will spill over onto the playing field. Regular massage helps to reduce stress and improve mood by releasing endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine.

Natural Pain Relief

The release of positive body chemicals also brings natural pain relief to injuries and sore muscles.