Sports injuries encompass many types of injuries ranging from fractures, lacerations, dislocations, head traumas, ligamentous sprains, tendon and ligament tears and most commonly joint, tendon, muscle, fascial strains. These injuries do not have to occur on a football field or basketball court. They can occur at home, working out or even crossing the street. Dr. Jeffrey Linder, at Bryant Park Wellness in Midtown, New York City, is a chiropractic care provider who has advanced training in chiropractic methods and sports medicine techniques such as The Fascial Manipulation Technique, Graston Technique and Rocktape kinesiology.
Sports Injuries Q & A
What are the Most Common Sports Injuries?
Many different kinds of injuries are considered to be sports injuries, and not all of them have to occur during sports. The most common kinds of sports injuries today include:
- Sprained ankle
- Groin pull
- Strained hamstring
- Skin splints
- Runner's knee
- Patellofemoral syndrome
- ITB syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer's elbow
- Back and neck pain
- Shoulder strains
What are the Indicators of a Sports Injury?
Pain and restricted ranges of motion are the most common indicators of a sports injury, but it's far from being the only symptom. Some of the most common signs of sports injuries include:
- Burning feeling
- Muscle soreness (beyond the normal levels of pain)
- Muscle spasms
- Trouble with placing weight on the injured part of the body
- Unusual weakness in a specific part of the body
- Visible joint or bone dislocation
Do Patients Need a Reference From a Medical Doctor to Get Sports Medicine Treatment?
No. Patients can opt to go straight to a Doctor of Chiropractic like Dr. Linder at Bryant Park Wellness when they have a sports injury. In fact, many MDs will eventually refer their patients for specialized sports medicine treatment if the injury doesn't heal in a timely manner. When it comes to sports injuries, the sooner that treatment is sought, the better.
What Type of Treatment is Used for Sports Injuries?
Chiropractic care offers an entirely non-invasive way to heal sports injuries.
No prescription medicine is needed and no surgery is required.
Dr. Linder customizes sports injury treatment based upon the exact injury, the patient's symptoms, and the faulty body mechanics that contributed to the injury
In addition to chiropractic adjustments to properly align the spine, Dr. Linder may also use his specialized sports injury training to perform treatments using:
- The Graston Technique
- The Fascial Manipulation Technique
- The Functional Movement Screen
- Rocktape Kinesiology taping
Patients may also learn specific exercises from Dr. Linder, which will aid in strengthening the injured area to lower the chances of re-injury.
Will Insurance Pay for Sports Injury Treatment?
It depends on the individual insurance carrier. Many insurance companies do cover sports medicine care, so patients should check with their insurance provider regarding exact coverage and limits.