We come across a lot of sports injuries in our Buffalo clinic, and Buffalo Family Chiropractic Wellness, P. C. is generally able to help these athletes. Stanford Childrens Hospital states that more than 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are hurt each year while playing sports. Add that to the nearly 2 million adults injured every year while engaged 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 way to potentially achieve that goal, according to a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are common, frequently sidelining the players and affecting their team's odds of winning. One specific study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic treatment could lessen these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study in particular, all of the volunteers received medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also engaged in chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 session each week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one session each month for the remaining three months of the study. The other group had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic.
After twenty-four matches, specialists reported a lessened number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Furthermore, that same group also missed fewer matches related 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 want to ensure more time is dedicated on the field as opposed to on the bench, call our Buffalo office at (716) 854-1563 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!