We see a large number of sports injuries in our Gresham clinic, and Dr. Ramsey is generally able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that more than 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt annually while taking part in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the importance of preventing these sorts of widespread injuries. One approach to potentially achieve that goal, according to a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, often sidelining the players and affecting their team's likelihood of winning. One particular study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study particularly, every one of the volunteers was given medical treatment. In addition, half of them also received chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 session per week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one treatment per month for the last three months of the study. The remaining group had no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Following twenty-four matches, scientists noticed a lessened amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Moreover, that very group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic ought to be made an addition to sports training programs to dramatically lessen the amount of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to make sure greater time is dedicated on the field versus on the bench, call our Gresham office at (503) 667-6744 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!