Sports Chiropractors: Not Just for Backs

Today's post is brought to you by Dr. Nolan Mitchell of Premier Sports & Spine Center. 


Many people view the role of a chiropractor as a “back doctor.” Traditionally, this

was true because chiropractic physicians mainly utilized spinal joint manipulation

(adjustments) to treat back and neck pain. In healthcare today, however, many doctors

have specialized and that is also true of chiropractors. Though the majority of

chiropractors still mainly utilize spinal manipulation to treat spinal issues, other

chiropractors have received specialized training to be able to treat a wider variety of

conditions. The sports chiropractic physicians at Premier Sports and Spine Center have

all taken post-doctoral training in sports medicine which mainly focuses on diagnosing,

treating, and rehabilitating sports injuries which are, of course, predominantly in the

extremities. This advanced training makes these doctors highly qualified to address

issues in the shoulders, hips, elbows, knees, and ankles. Much of this advanced

training focuses on unique treatment strategies involving soft tissue mobilizations,

massage, taping techniques, and even dry needling. Having access to so many

different treatment approaches allows sports chiropractors to pick and choose the right

strategy for a wide variety of injuries. PSSC physicians successfully treat strained

muscles, sprained ligaments, tendinitis, tendinopathies, plantar fasciitis, and tennis



One of the biggest misconceptions about modern chiropractors, and especially

sports chiropractors, is that they don’t work well with other types of doctors. For

Premier Sports and Spine Center this couldn’t be further from the truth. The sports

physicians at PSSC pride themselves on doing what is right for their patients which can

include referring them out for imaging, surgery, or a second opinion. For most injuries a

“conservative first” approach is the best plan of care but if the doctors at PSSC feel that

something beyond their capacity would be helpful they don’t hesitate to go that

direction. The doctors at PSSC routinely work with some of the best physical therapists

and orthopedic groups in the area and also receive referrals into the clinic from those

same groups.


For the chiropractors at PSSC, spinal mobilizations are one tool in the toolbox

but far from the only one. So next time you or a loved one injures a shoulder or a knee,

consider having them evaluated by one of the sports chiropractors at PSSC.

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