TESTIMONIALS

I am a triathlete and suffered from plantar fascitis off and on for years. Since seeing Dr. Rob I have been pain free and able to train without interruption.

--Tim D.

 

I saw Dr. T while I was playing tennis for BSU. I was having a lot of shoulder problems and my trainer sent me to see him. In no time I was healed and playing pain free.

--Victoria B.

 

I twisted my ankle while running in the hills. I limped around for a week before a friend told me to go see Dr. Thiry. His treatment was great and he had me back running in no time.

--Jenny S.

Personal Care Chiropractic Clinic: Common Sports Injuries

Some of the more common sports injuries include: muscle strains, knee pain, ankle sprains, tendonitis, tennis/golfers elbow, IT band syndrome, plantar fascitis, sciatica, and shoulder strains. Though pain associated with these injuries will often subside with time, rest, and ice, there is an increased risk of reoccurrence without the proper rehabilitation. This may include stretches/strengthening exercises, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, manipulation, ice or heat therapy, Graston therapy, Kinesio taping, bracing or splinting, gait analysis, or orthotics.

These types of sports injuries involve some degree of damage to the associated soft tissue as well as possible joint dysfunction. Soft tissue injuries may include muscles (which are responsible for movement), tendons (which attaches the muscle to the bone) or ligaments ( which attaches bone to bone). The most common causes of damage to the tissues is the result of over use, or over stretch. When this occurs fibrous or scar tissue will develop in the area of damage. This tissue is weaker than the healthy undamaged tissue and is prone to re-injury. As a result it is important to rehab the tissue to avoid chronic problems.

Dr. Thiry has been very active over the past 15 years treating sports injuries with sports chiropractic. Dr. Thiry has worked with many of the local professional and collegiate athletes including football, basketball and tennis. The Doctor also treats many local runners and triathletes. Being a runner and triathlete himself, Dr. Thiry is able to combine his knowledge as a doctor with his athletic knowledge to provide the best care for all of his athlete patients.

 

1. MUSCLE STRAIN-is when a muscle becomes overstretched and results in tearing of the muscle fibers. It may also be described as a “pulled muscle”. The cause of a strained muscle may include excessive physical activity or effort, improper warm up before the physical activity, or poor flexibility.

Symptoms- May include pain with movement or activity, tender to touch, redness or swelling, bruising.

Treatment- Home care includes rest, ice, elevation, and compression, but because the tissue has some degree of tearing, professional treatment is recommended. This treatment may include muscle stimulation, ultrasound, Graston Therapy, massage therapy, ice or heat therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, kinesio taping.

Benefits of having the proper treatment include faster pain relief, faster healing time, the tissue heals with less scar or fibrotic tissue, and stronger tissue that is less likely to have chronic problems or re-injury.

 

2. KNEE PAIN- can result from a number of different reasons including ligament sprain, tendonitis, meniscus tear, tight muscles, or bursitis being the main causes.

Symptoms- May include pain with movement or activity that may be on the medial or lateral part of the knee, on the patella (knee cap), under the patella, behind the knee, swelling or inflammation, tender to the touch, warmth, abnormal motion.

Treatment- Home care includes rest, ice, elevation, and compression. Professional treatment may include muscle stimulation, ultrasound, massage therapy, Graston Therapy, joint manipulation, stretching and strengthening exercises, ice or heat therapy, kinesio taping depending on the cause of the knee pain..

Benefits of having the proper treatment include faster pain relief, faster healing time, the tissue heals with less scar or fibrotic tissue, and stronger tissue that is less likely to have chronic problems or re-injury.

 

3. ANKLE SPRAIN- is a condition where one or more ligaments (attach bone to bone) are slightly or completely torn. The most common strain is an inversion (lateral) ankle sprain where the ankle has rolled to the side, but may also include eversion (medial) ankle sprain where the ankle has rolled inward, or high ankle sprain which is usually the result of twisting of a planted foot rather than a rolling of the ankle. There are three grades of ankle sprains: GRADE 1 has minimal to mild ligament damage and normal joint stability. GRADE 2 has more extensive tearing of the ligaments and abnormal joint mobility. GRADE 3 has sever to complete tearing of the ligament along with joint stability.

Symptoms- May include pain with movement or walking, inflammation or swelling, redness, warmth, bruising, abnormal joint movement.

Treatment- Home care includes rest, ice, elevation, and compression, but since the tissue has some degree of tearing involved professional treatment is recommended. This treatment may include muscle stimulation, ultrasound, joint manipulation, Graston Therapy, massage therapy, ice or heat therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, and possible bracing or splinting.

Benefits of having the proper treatment include faster pain relief, faster healing time, the tissue heals with less scar or fibrotic tissue, and stronger tissue that is less likely to have chronic problems or re-injury.

 

4. TENDONITIS- Is inflammation of a tendon (attaches muscle to bone). The most common causes of tendonitis is over use, stretch injury, increased intensity of use, new activities, tight muscles.

Symptoms-Tendonitis may include pain with the use of associated muscles, pain associated to pressure on the tendon, or pain at the point where the tendon attaches to the bone. Other symptoms include inflammation or swelling, redness, or warmth.

Treatment- Home care includes rest, ice, elevation, and compression, but since the tissue has some degree of tearing involved professional treatment is recommended. This treatment may include muscle stimulation, ultrasound, joint manipulation, Graston Therapy, massage therapy, ice or heat therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, possible bracing or splinting, or kinesio taping.

Benefits of having the proper treatment include faster pain relief, faster healing time, the tissue heals with less scar or fibrotic tissue, and stronger tissue that is less likely to have chronic problems or re-injury.

 

5.TENNIS/GOLFERS ELBOW- (also know as lateral epicondylitis)is the result of repeated stress or use of the muscles in the forearm. These stresses can cause a few different scenarios that may lead to pain. The most common cause is the repeated contraction of the muscle which occurs while hitting tennis balls. This repeated pulling of the tendons as they attach to the bone on the lateral side of the elbow causing micro tears and tendonitis. Another cause of this type of pain is continued pressure on the bursa in the elbow which lead to bursitis. The bursa is a fluid filled sack that lies under a tendon to reduce friction as the tendon slides over the bone. Continued compression of the bursa due to tight muscles will cause increased friction and pressure and result in inflammation and pain of the bursa.

Symptoms- may include pain with wrist extension, pain with twisting of the forearm, pain with increased activity or use, pain grasping the hand, pain to touch, or tender and tight muscles in the forearm. There may also be swelling or inflammation, redness or warmth.

Treatment- Home care includes rest, ice, elevation, and compression, but since the tissue has some degree of tearing involved professional treatment is recommended. This treatment may include muscle stimulation, ultrasound, joint manipulation, Graston Therapy, massage therapy, ice or heat therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, possible bracing or splinting, or kinesio taping.

Benefits of having the proper treatment include faster pain relief, faster healing time, the tissue heals with less scar or fibrotic tissue, and stronger tissue that is less likely to have chronic problems or re-injury.

 

6. ILIOTIBIAL BAND SYNDROME- (IT BAND SYNDROME) Is irritation to the tissue on the lateral side of the hip, thigh, and knee. Some of the most common stresses to the IT Band that may lead to irritation and pain are: misalignment of the pelvis with uneven leg length, running on unlevel surfaces, excessive uphill or down hill running, improper bike fit in cyclists, inadequate stretching, high or low arches in the foot, supination of the foot, excessive leg rotation due to over pronation, weak muscles, and abnormal or altered gait.

Symptoms- may include pain on the lateral side of the knee, pain or tenderness on the lateral thigh, pain or tenderness on the lateral side of the hip, increased pain with activities. There may also be inflammation or swelling, redness, or heat.

Treatment- Home care includes rest, ice, elevation, compression, or use of a foam roll the tissue, but since the tissue has some degree of inflammation and fibrosis involved ,professional treatment is recommended. This treatment may include muscle stimulation, ultrasound, joint manipulation, Graston Therapy, massage therapy, ice or heat therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, possible bracing or splinting, kinesio taping, orthotics, or Gait analysis.

Benefits of having the proper treatment include faster pain relief, faster healing time, the tissue heals with less scar or fibrotic tissue, and stronger tissue that is less likely to have chronic problems or re-injury.

 

7. PLANTAR FASCIITIS- is inflammation of the thick fibrous tissue on the bottom of the foot. The most common causes of irritation to the plantar fascia include: excessive pronation of the foot, flat feet, over use, pelvic rotation resulting in abnormal gait, misalignment of the bones in the feet, improper foot wear.

Symptoms- may include pain while walking or running, pain on the heal of the foot, pain and stiffness worse in the mornings, tenderness to touch of the soft tissue on the bottom of the foot. There may also be inflammation, or heat.

Treatment- Home care includes rest, ice, elevation, compression, rolling a golf ball or can of frozen juice under the foot, but since the tissue has some degree of tearing involved professional treatment is recommended. This treatment may include orthotics, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, joint manipulation, Graston Therapy, massage therapy, ice or heat therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, possible bracing or splinting, kinesio taping, gait analysis, rolling a golf ball or frozen juice container under the foot.

Benefits of having the proper treatment include faster pain relief, faster healing time, the tissue heals with less scar or fibrotic tissue, and stronger tissue that is less likely to have chronic problems or re-injury.

8. SCIATICA- Sciatica is pain that runs down the back of the leg due to pressure on the sciatic nerve. Often times it may feel like sitting on a sharp or pointed object. There are two main causes of sciatica, first is a Pinching of the nerves at the level of the spine which may be caused by a bulging disc, spinal stenosis , or degenerative disc disease. The second and probably the most common cause of sciatica is a pressure on the sciatic nerve by a muscle that the sciatic nerve passes through as it travels to the back of the leg from the spine. The most common area of pressure or impingement on the sciatic nerve is at the piriformis muscle located deep in the buttocks under the gluteal muscles. Many times pelvic rotation or imbalance will cause stress to the piriformis muscle causing it to spasm. As the muscle spasms it will put pressure on the sciatic nerve. This piriformis irritation is usually the result of pelvic rotation causing stress to the muscle.

Symptoms- may include pain down the back of the leg usually above the knee, pain in the buttocks while sitting, pain in the buttocks or back of the leg running or walking, pain to pressure on the buttocks or back of the leg.

Treatment- Home care may include heat, ice, rest, light stretching, but since the most common cause is the result of nerve pressure, professional treatment is recommended. This treatment may include manipulation or adjustments of the pelvis and low back, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, ice or heat therapy, Graston therapy, stretching and exercises, or orthotics.

Benefits of having the proper treatment include faster pain relief, faster healing time, the tissue heals with less scar or fibrotic tissue, and stronger tissue that is less likely to have chronic problems or re-injury.

 

9. SHOULDER INJURIES- May include shoulder sprain to the ligaments in the shoulder, rotator cuff strain, shoulder subluxation or dislocation, or frozen shoulder. These injuries or generally the result of overuse, improper use, or a direct impact type of injury. With any of the injuries there will be soft tissue damage to muscles, ligaments, or tendons as well as joint alignment issues.

Symptoms- may include pain with movement, pain to touch, pain without bracing or support, decreased range of motion, and deformity. There bay also be inflammation or swelling, redness, heat.

Treatment- Home care includes rest, ice, support or immobilization, but since some soft tissue damage and joint misalignment are likely present, professional treatment is recommended. This treatment may include muscle stimulation, ultrasound, joint manipulation, Graston Therapy, massage therapy, ice or heat therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, possible bracing or splinting, or kinesio taping.

Benefits of having the proper treatment include faster pain relief, faster healing time, the tissue heals with less scar or fibrotic tissue, and stronger tissue that is less likely to have chronic problems or re-injury.