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September 29, 2023

Recover From Your Sports Injury with Chiropractic Care

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Active individuals in pursuit of peak performance understand the importance of addressing sports injuries promptly and effectively. These individuals may find themselves eager to return to their training routine, yet held back by lingering pain or the fear of recurring injuries. Here's where the role of a sports injury chiropractor becomes invaluable. They provide a holistic approach to health optimization that extends beyond treating symptoms.

How Can Chiropractors Help With Sports Injuries?

  1.  Enhancing flexibility and muscle strength

Chiropractic care benefits sports injury recovery by improving an athlete's flexibility, increasing range of motion, and enhancing overall muscle strength. These improvements contribute to better athletic performance and aid in faster recovery from injuries.

  1. Identifying and tackling the root causes

Unlike approaches that merely alleviate symptoms, a sports injury chiropractor focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of the problem. This ensures a more comprehensive and effective treatment.

  1.  Provides lasting solutions and prevents injury recurrence

By targeting the root causes, such as spinal misalignments or imbalances in muscle strength, chiropractic care offers a lasting solution and prevents the recurrence of the injury, making it essential for athletes who seek long-term health and performance improvement.

Types of Sports Injuries Treatable by Chiropractic Care

When it comes to sports injuries, one might typically think of immediate care that involves rest, ice, compression, and elevation. While these are all important first steps, many individuals are turning to the expertise of sports injury chiropractors for more comprehensive care. 

Here are three common types of sports injuries that can be effectively managed with chiropractic care:

  1. Sprains and Strains

Sprains occur when a ligament stretches excessively or tears. A form of knee sprain, ACL injuries often result from rotational compressive trauma to the knee and may require surgery. Strains involve tears in muscles or tendons, like the Achilles Tendon. Ligaments and muscles can take weeks or months to heal.

Chiropractic adjustments help to reduce inflammation, provide rehabilitation through exercises and stretches. Chiropractic care also addresses potential neurological changes post-injury, ensuring that the nervous system communicates efficiently with injured joints and surrounding tissues. This approach promotes efficient recovery and reduces the risk of further complications, ensuring long-term healing for individuals with sports injuries (1).

  1. Meniscus and Knee Injuries

Cartilage structures like the meniscus can tear during twisting or impact injuries, or wear down from long-term posture or walking imbalances. The meniscus has limited blood flow, making it prone to slow healing.

Chiropractic care provides a non-surgical option for treating these injuries. Chiropractors create tailored treatment plans addressing knee injuries and knee pain. The approach goes beyond pain relief, encompassing chiropractic treatments and physical rehabilitation to tackle the root cause. This method not only eases pain and improves mobility but also focuses on knee rehabilitation and strengthening to prevent future injuries (2)​.

  1. Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder significantly limits shoulder mobility due to inflammation of the shoulder capsule. Chiropractic care can play a pivotal role in the management of this condition. Techniques such as the Niel Asher Technique, which involves manipulating the joint and muscle tissues to free them from the underlying connective tissue, can gradually reduce pain and improve range of motion. Chiropractic care also includes the use of corrective exercises and physical therapy, aiming to strengthen vulnerable parts of the shoulder joint and prevent future recurrences of the condition (3)​.

Chiropractic Care as a Preventative Measure

Regular chiropractic adjustments offer a dual advantage in both preventing sports injuries and enhancing athletic performance by maintaining proper alignment, balance, and optimal biomechanics in the body. As a result, individuals can experience not only quicker recovery times but also a stronger, more resilient body that is less prone to future injuries. The integration of chiropractic care into a fitness enthusiast’s routine offers a well-rounded strategy for improved performance, injury prevention, and recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic Care and Sports Injuries

  1. Can chiropractic care help with all types of sports injuries?

While chiropractic care can help with many types of sports injuries, its effectiveness depends on the nature and severity of the injury. Common sports injuries like sprains and strains can effectively be managed with chiropractic care. It's important to consult with your sports injury chiropractor for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan.

  1. Is chiropractic care safe for athletes?

Yes, chiropractic care is considered safe for athletes. Chiropractors are trained professionals who use non-invasive techniques to improve body function and promote healing. However, like any treatment, it's important that it's performed by a qualified professional to ensure safety and effectiveness.

  1. How often should athletes receive chiropractic care?

The frequency depends on individual conditions and the sport. Your chiropractor can provide personalised advice.

The frequency of chiropractic care can vary based on the individual's condition, the nature of the sport. While some athletes might benefit from regular adjustments to maintain optimal physical condition and prevent injuries, others might require intensive care following an injury.

  1. Can chiropractic care improve athletic performance?

Chiropractic care can potentially enhance athletic performance by improving flexibility and overall muscle strength. By correcting misalignments and imbalances, chiropractic care can also contribute to better posture and more efficient movement, which are crucial for optimal athletic performance.

Integrating chiropractic care into a sports injury recovery plan can not only expedite recovery but also enhance athletic performance, prevent recurring injuries, and support overall health and wellness. If you’ve been sidelined by a sports injury, ATLAS’ chiropractic care can help support sports rehabilitation and assist you in returning to peak performance.


  1. Goodyear Health Center. (n.d.). Sprains and Strains: What's the Difference and How Chiropractic Can Help. Retrieved from

  1. Aligned Chiropractic. (n.d.). Meniscus Injuries: Causes, Symptoms, and Chiropractic Treatment. Retrieved from

  1. Stover Chiropractic. (n.d.). An Overview of Frozen Shoulder Relief Using Chiropractic Care. Retrieved from

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