Sports chiropractic care is beneficial for all athletes at any age and any skill level. Whether it’s off-season training, in-season practice, game day, or just your average day at the gym, athletes put their bodies under a tremendous amount of stress and strain, increasing the risk of injury. As a sports chiropractor, Dr. Mike Penkin, helps his patients get out of pain and remain pain free while continuing to train through their injury in an appropriate and safe way. When a sports injury is treated as soon as possible, the athlete will have better long term outcomes and return to play sooner.
Sports injuries can be the result of an immediate, gross trauma to a bone, joint, or soft tissue or the accumulation of repetitive, micro trauma suffered over a long period of time. Either way, it’s important for athletes to recover quickly and return to sport safely. Some common sports injuries include:
- Low back pain (lumbar spine disc injuries)
- Hip pain
- Shoulder pain (Impingement syndrome, rotator cuff injuries)
- Knee pain
- “Stingers” (injury to the neck and nerves that innervate the arm)
- Pinched nerves
- Sciatic symptoms
- Joint sprains of any kind
- Muscle strains of any kind
- Tendonitis (Tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow, Achilles tendonitis)
- Whiplash injuries from contact sports
Dr. Mike’s comprehensive assessment and detailed discussion about the injury will allow him to diagnose the injury and develop a specific treatment plan to maximize outcomes. Treatment typically consists of spinal manipulation, soft tissue manipulation and injury specific rehabilitative exercises. His goal is to progress the treatment plan quickly and efficiently. Benefits of sports chiropractic include:
- Decreased pain and inflammation
- Increased range of motion
- Improved joint stability
- Improved strength
- Better performance
- Reduction in subsequent injuries
Dr. Mike’s background in football, bodybuilding and powerlifting, gives him firsthand experience with a number of injuries that can happen in sport. He also has experience playing and treating injuries pertaining to baseball, golf, wrestling, throwing sports and even bowling.
No matter the sport nor the level of play, every athlete, from pro to retired weekend warrior, needs their body functioning properly. Even if you are not a competitive athlete, you can benefit from sports chiropractic care.