Basketball is one of the most high-impact contact sports in America. As such, basketball injuries are common. In fact, According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), basketball is the leading cause of sports injury in people aged 15 to 24.
Although chiropractic care is most often associated with back pain after an auto accident, it’s actually effective for treating a wide range of injuries. This post describes chiropractic care for common basketball injuries. We also look at how you can prevent those injuries.
Your chiropractor’s bag of tricks goes way beyond spinal manipulation (although we do that, too). Chiropractic care for sports injuries varies according to the injury but it may include:
At Southwest Spine & Rehab, we also offer a new treatment: radial pressure wave therapy, commonly referred to as RPW or shockwave therapy.
RPW uses ultrasound technology to blast the injured area with acoustic waves that stimulate your body’s natural healing abilities.
Studies show that shockwave therapy provides an enormous array of benefits, including:
We use shockwave therapy to treat pain in the knee, hip, and shoulder. It’s also effective against tendinitis, bone spurs, and heel pain.
For full information on the benefits of RPW, please see our article, What Is Radial Pressure Wave Therapy.
No treatment is more effective than not getting injured in the first place. In addition, every sprain or strain weakens the affected ligaments, tendons, and joint, increasing your risk of future injury. Luckily, you can prevent basketball injuries by following these tips:
Finally, if you’ve already been injured, follow your doctor’s orders exactly to ensure a full recovery. Hitting the court too soon raises your risk of another injury and could sideline you for the rest of the season.
Southwest Spine & Rehab provides a variety of chiropractic treatments for basketball injuries. Our number one goal is keeping you active and healthy. That’s why we treat the source of your pain instead of just covering it up with addictive pills.
Ready to learn more? Contact our office today.