Chiropractic Treatment for Professional Athletes
We’ve come to a time that many people around the New York City area and around North America consider the most wonderful time of the year. The beginning of baseball season. For fans that mean digging through the sports media for stats, predictions, and stories about their favorite players and teams. More and more you might notice an interesting element when you read those stories. Chiropractors are taking a more active role in the treatment of sports injuries. At Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness, we treat a number of athletes and former athletes. Our doctor, Todd Goldman, was an athlete himself. So we want to let you know about how chiropractors treat athletes at the highest levels and remind you that chiropractic care might help treat your sports injury.
How Chiropractors Helped the Mets, Giants, and Knicks
The New York Mets are entering the 2017 baseball season with high hopes, but when spring training started they needed chiropractic care for their entire infield. “We’ve got a bad back, bad back, bad knee, and a bad back,” Manager Terry Collins told the New York Times in an article titled “For Mets’ Infield, Chiropractor May Be the Most Important Position.”
The bad backs belonged to third baseman David Wright, first baseman Lucas Duda and second baseman Neil Walker, while shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera nursed a shoulder injury. All but Wright, who has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and is also dealing with a shoulder injury were ready for the start of the season. Walker credited his chiropractor for helping him get back on the field in 2016, according to the New York Daily News.
Chiropractic care is seen in all four of the major professional sports. In fact, the Professional Football Chiropractic Society (PFCS) lists chiropractors for all 32 NFL teams. Dr. Robert DeStefano, the team chiropractor for the New York Giants says on the PFCS website that he’s part of a team himself. “Professional athletes rely greatly on the coordinated efforts of the entire healthcare team, comprised of athletic trainers, rehabilitation specialists, physical therapists, orthopedists, and chiropractors,” he said. “As injuries present themselves, we work systematically to provide the athlete with the care needed. In the end, we hope for quick recovery and high-level performance.”
NBA players also seek chiropractic treatment and one star who found success is New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose. Rose, who was the league’s most valuable player in 2011 said in an interview that chiropractic care was instrumental in helping him recover from back spasms, according to Ankeny Patch. “The whole week I was seeing a great chiropractor, (Dr.) Stuart Yoss. He did a great job on getting me back,” Rose said after missing five games.
Saving Sidney Crosby with Chiropractic Care
A cutting edge chiropractic treatment may be responsible for getting the NHL’s biggest attraction back on the ice following a career-threatening injury. Pittsburgh Penguins megastar Sidney Crosby went to see a chiropractic neurologist Dr. Frederick “Ted” Carrick after suffering a severe concussion in 2011. According to Maclean’s magazine, Carrick, who started out as a chiropractor, but has an encyclopedic knowledge of the brain.
While the traditional treatment for concussion usually involves resting and waiting, Carrick put together a program that after an initial rest involves a thorough neurological exam followed by simulations such as eye or balance exercises, multi-tasking activities or body rotations. Crosby returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins and lifted the Stanley Cup last year.
Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness Can Help Treat Sports Injuries
If you’re suffering from a sports injury or just want to treat chronic pain, Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness may be able to help. We’ll consult with you and try to put together a plan that will lead you on the road to optimum health. Contact us today!
Please note that the author of this piece is not a doctor and the information of this material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for specific information regarding your individual situation.