Injury Treatment

With non-fracture-involved sprain/strain injuries such as falls, over lifting or impact, the first course of action is R-I-C-E, or Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. The goal of this is to control and reduce acute inflammation and swelling. This is true with regards to both spinal and extremity injuries. Once inflammation is controlled it is important to restore normal joint mechanics and functionality as quickly as possible. Chiropractic manipulative


therapy of the spine or injured extremities can help to restore normal range of motion and function to joints that have become “locked-up,” “jammed,” injured or are otherwise dysfunctional. 

Chiropractic clinics may offer or recommend complementary therapies to promote recovery:

  • Ultrasound therapy to increase blood flow and reduce swelling

  • Acupuncture to improve sensory function and reduce pain

  • Massage therapy to improve circulation, range of motion and reduce pain

  • EMS – electrical muscle stimulation to reduce spasm, manage inflammation and control pain

  • Bracing, where appropriate, especially during the acute phase of an injury

  • Cold and heat treatment on affected areas to increase circulation and reduce inflammation

  • Recommendations for rehabilitative exercises to stretch and strengthen

  • Counseling on nutrition to help the body heal from within

  • Lifestyle recommendations to avoid reaggravation

  • Low-Level Laser therapy to increase cellular energy to promote healing

Chiropractors do not prescribe medications or pain killers, and instead focus on a holistic approach to treating musculoskeletal problems. A treatment plan will be devised after a physical examination with palpitation, and thorough review of X-rays, ultra-sound tests and/or MRIs or CT scans, if indicated.