Treatment of Acute Injuries
We manage acute injuries with the goal of returning the injured individual to their pre-injury activites, work or athletics, in as short a time as possible. We utilize a combination of typical sports chiropractic/medicine techniques, rehabilitative therapies, nutritional, and herbal approaches to provide our patients with shortest route to recovery possible.
Acute injuries recover best if treatment is initiated as soon as possible. Virtually all acute musculoskeletal injuries will respond best if ice is applied regularly for the first 24 to 48 hours. This helps to reduce inflammation and prevents further tissue disruption that can be caused by the inflammation. Ice should be applied at least once per hour for 15 minutes but even better results will be obtained if applied every 30 minutes for 15 minutes. Be sure to protect the skin with a layer of terry cloth or cotton and if you have circulatory problems or diabetes be sure to contact you doctor before initiating ice therapy.
Just as important as ice is the proper alignment of any injured joints. For example, a sprained ankle will recover much faster if the joint is properly aligned after it is sprained. While the last thing you may want to do is move a painful joint, if the joint is not properly aligned after a sprain, it will heal improperly aligned and movement will be impaired or dysfunctional. Manipulation of the ankle so that its motion and alignment is returned to normal will significantly reduce healing time.
Nutritional and herbal supplementation can rapidly improve recovery rates. Herbs can rapidly facilitate the reduction of the inflammation, speed the reduce the degree of muscle spasms, and reduce pain. Nutritional supplements can provide the necessary precursors for tissue healing and can both reduce the healing time and create a stronger healed tissue. This can reduce the risk of reinjury or exacerbation.
Some of our patients will want to continue with corrective care after the acute/painful phase of the injury is completed. For those patiients we offer corrective/rehabilitative care as well.