SPORTS INJURY MANAGEMENT
Integrated, Orthopaedic And Biomechanical Model of Care.
Sport Injury Management (SIM) is a specialization of Chiropractic care that treats individuals with injuries related to athletic activities. Repetitive motions or aggressive physical practices that push the body beyond its capabilities can result in soft tissue injuries such as ligament and muscle sprains. These types of injuries respond well to Chiropractic SIM.
Physical therapies including ice, heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage, manual traction and stretching are initially used to relieve pain and are followed with manipulative therapies that can help increase range of motion, strengthen muscles and improve flexibility.
Model of Care
Chiropractic Sports Injury Management is an integrated, orthopedic and biomechanical model of care. A diagnosis is developed from a patient’s in-depth health care history, a physical examination and a review of lab results, x-rays, and/or other imaging tests. A comprehensive active and passive treatment plan is then developed, focused on reversing physical shortcomings and attaining patient goals. Progress is continuously monitored throughout the treatment phase. Therapeutic exercise is a key management strategy that is prescribed and monitored under SIM. Progress reports and pertinent information is shared with other health care providers including family physicians, medical specialists (Orthopaedic, Rheumatology, Neurology or Physiatrist), physiotherapists, massage therapists, naturopaths, and exercise trainers.
Is Chiropractic Sports Injury Management Right for Me?
Chiropractic SIM is primarily targeted to athletes (e.g. tennis, hockey, football, baseball, gymnasts, etc…) and performing artists (e.g. musicians, dancers, artists, etc…) who are experiencing pain or physical limitations related to their respected disciplines. The Achieva Health Sports Injury Management and Performance Clinic can identify functional and movement dysfunctions that contribute to a patient’s pain or performance limitations.
This program targets a person’s physical limitations and prepares a plan for performance enhancement and maintenance with a focus on the following abilities:
Common Conditions Treated and Managed by Chiropractic SIM
See below for injuries or health conditions commonly treated by Chiropractic Sports Injury therapy. There are a variety of options available for the treatment and management of sports-related injuries and performance enhancement.
Injuries or health conditions commonly treated by Chiropractic Sports Injury Management include the following:
- Mechanical Lower Back Pain
- Mechanical Neck Pain
- Ankle Sprains
- Shoulder Impingement – Tendinitis / Tendinosis
- Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
- Whiplash Associated Disorders
- Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis / Osteoarthrosis
- Tennis and Golfers Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Snapping Hip Syndromes
- Muscular Strains
- Joint Sprains
- Postural Strains
- Repetitive Strain Injury
- Runners / Jumpers Knee
- Achilles Tendon Disorders
- Iliotibial Band Disorders (Runner’s knee or ITBS)
Treatment and Management Options
There are a variety of options available for treatment and management of sports-related injuries and performance enhancement. The following is a list of techniques utilized in our clinic:
- Soft Tissue Therapy (Active Release, Graston Technique)
- Joint Mobilization / Manipulation
- Mulligan Technique
- Electro – Modalities (IFC, Ultrasound, Microcurrent, Laser and Shockwave Therapy)
- Custom made orthotics (from The Orthotic Group)
- Custom made Braces (from Don Joy, AIRCAST) for Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries, Ankle injuries and Osteoarthritis
- Exercise Prescription
- In-House or external referrals when indicated
All initial appointments take between 30-60 minutes. This includes an in-depth health history as well as your current physical status. An individualized treatment and maintenance plan is then designed to treat existing pain and provide a path toward complete pain relief and help maintenance.
Chiropractic SIM is covered under some private health care insurance programs. It is not currently covered under OHIP.
If you would like more information on Chiropractic SIM or would like to arrange a telephone or in-person interview with our resident Chiropractic Sports Injury Management Specialist, please call us at 416-489-8888 or email us at email@example.com.