Sports Injuries

Sports injuries can be crippling and keep you from your favorite activities. Chiropractic care provides safe and noninvasive treatments to promote healing and get you back into the game. At Lake Travis Chiropractic in Lakeway, TX, experienced chiropractor Ryan Smith, DC, uses the Gonstead Method of chiropractic care to effectively treat sports injuries. This treatment approach uses diagnostic imaging and other modern technologies to treat sports injuries precisely.

Sports Injuries Q&A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries affect the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. They happen during physical activities like swimming, running, and playing sports.

At Lake Travis Chiropractic, Dr. Smith treats sports injuries in people of all ages. His knowledge of the Gonstead Chiropractic method allows him to diagnose and manage sports injuries precisely and effectively. He uses hands-on chiropractic adjustments and other noninvasive techniques to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and promote healing.

What are some common sports injuries?

At Lake Travis Chiropractic, Dr. Smith treats various sports injuries, including:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon ruptures
  • Ankle sprains
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Knee pain
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Meniscus injuries
  • Foot pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Concussions
  • Muscle strains
  • Torn cartilage

Seek treatment right away if you get hurt while running, exercising, or playing sports. The sooner you act, the less likely you are to experience complications.

How does a chiropractor diagnose sports injuries?

Dr. Smith reviews your medical records and asks about your injury, including when it happened, where it is, and the symptoms you’re experiencing. He completes a physical exam, looking at your skin for redness, bruising, and swelling. Dr. Smith gently presses on the area to identify sensitive spots and checks your reflexes, muscle strength, and range of motion.

He then orders diagnostic imaging like X-rays, an MRI, or an ultrasound. These tools allow Dr. Smith to identify broken bones, pinched nerves, and/or soft-tissue injuries. After diagnosing your sports injury, Dr. Smith makes personalized treatment recommendations.

How does a chiropractor treat sports injuries?

At Lake Travis Chiropractic, Dr. Smith uses conservative and integrative treatments to manage sports injuries. He could suggest:

  • Chiropractic adjustments to realign your spine and relieve inflammation
  • Stretches and strengthening exercises to promote healing
  • Ice and heat therapy
  • Topical pain relievers
  • Improved nutrition
  • Stress management techniques like yoga and meditation
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

Most sports injuries benefit from several of these treatments. Dr. Smith monitors your symptoms at routine checkups and adjusts your care plan when needed. Most people can return to exercise within a month or so of starting treatment.*

Call Lake Travis Chiropractic today to schedule sports injury treatment, or request an appointment online.

*Individual results may vary.

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