Studies Show Chiropractic & Osteopathic Treatment Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries

We come across a large number of sports injuries in our West New York office, and Dr. Marsh is usually able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt each year while taking part in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the importance of preventing these types of widespread injuries. One approach to possible achieve that goal, as reported by a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic care & osteopathic treatments.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are common, often sidelining the players and affecting their team's likelihood of securing a win. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them in the game.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries

For this study particularly, every one of the volunteers got medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also received chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 session each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one treatment each month for the remaining 3 months of the study. The remaining half were given no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic.

After twenty-four matches, scientists noticed a reduced number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Furthermore, that same group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic should be added to sports training programs to effectively decrease the number of leg injuries.

Dr. Marsh Can Help People Find Relief From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Faster

If you or your child plays sports and you want to make sure greater time is dedicated on the field versus on the sidelines, call our West New York office at (201) 869-0830 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!

References

  • Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
  • Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.
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