Athletic Injuries Introduction
First off, these pages are intended to be an information source only and are not meant as a means of self diagnosis. Even if you feel that all the signs and symptoms described fit yours perfectly, you'd still be well advised to seek a professional opinion before embarking on a treatment program. With that said, though, it should also be noted that the stretches, etc. described on the following pages are relatively harmless on their own. You do, however, want to make sure that you are doing the right stretches, etc. for a particular injury, otherwise you're just wasting your time and you'll start to wonder why you're not improving. Another good reason for that professional opinion before embarking on a rehab program.
A Word About Chiropractic
Chiropractic is not a cure-all. It is, however, an exceptionally useful treatment method which is often is overlooked when seeking help for an athletic injury. This is particularly true for injuries that have some connection to the pelvis - such as Iliotibial Band Syndrome or Piriformis Syndrome. I've seen numerous patients who had tried every stretch, exercise, anti-inflammatory drug, etc. and nothing helped until we addressed some faulty pelvic mechanics. Once the pelvis was 'straightened out' the stretches, etc. finally began to work and the condition improved. With that said, you should also note that not all injuries will have a component that needs to be 'straightened out', therefore we also have at our disposal numerous other treatment modalities such as interferential current, muscle stim, massage, etc.
Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs and even if we did, I'd never recommend someone take medication, even over the counter medication, without taking a full history therefore no recommendations regarding drugs will be found on any of the associated pages. Anyone who recommends them casually without full knowledge of whether or not that particular person has any drug related allergies, is on other medication, etc. is doing that person a real disservice.
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