How Would a Doctor of Physical Therapy, But Also a Gray Method™ Practitioner Treat An Injury Compared To Seeing a Different Physical Therapist, Chiropractor, or an MD?
Yeah, so that’s a good question.
And I think again, it kind of goes back to the Gray Method™, right?
So, a lot of people can get their sports injury better just by resting and just natural progression of gradually getting back into it.
But typically as an athlete, you don’t have that reluctance, right? You need to get back on the field as soon as possible, right?
So a lot of times traditional medicine, seeing an MD they may tell you just to rest and just take these pain killers in most cases and see how it goes.
Or they’ll say, “Hey, I want you to get all these expensive tests.”
A lot of times it doesn’t show anything that’s dramatic, because you wasted a lot of energy and time going to these tests when if they would have evaluated and felt your ankle or, you know, did a true assessment you wouldn’t have needed that and they may have been able to recommend other things that you could have been doing right away to start making progress without resting.
Now, conversely, I would say like, as a chiropractor, there are good ones and there are bad ones just like anything but the bad ones would say that your spine is subluxated in that it’s coming from your spine and that’s the reason why you twisted your ankle.
And I would just say that that’s just quackery and that’s nonsense.
That’s not going to fix your ankle.
I am actually kind of laugh at like when I hear that stuff, because it’s like, it still amazes me that that stuff is still out there in medicine, that people and patients believe that.
The same thing goes if you were to see another doctor of physical therapy. I guess with my profession, at times I’m always kind of dumbfounded that on how much other clinicians miss just being able to diagnosis something.
And I think as a Gray Method™ practitioner, our clinicians have a systematic step-by-step approach to going through your evaluation to fix the cause of it by looking at the hips, the feet, and the thoracic spine. But also they’re going to make sure they don’t miss any red flags.
If you came in with an ankle sprain, they would be able to potentially that day see if something’s torn and you may not even benefit from therapy.
So you’re not wasting time seeing us. Maybe you do need to go see a surgeon.
But also they’re going to give you the things that are going to allow you to start healing it faster that’s not contradictory.
Then eventually getting back to, the root cause of it.
What Are The Best Ways To Prevent Sports Injuries From Occurring?
So, there are multiple ways to prevent sports injuries and some sports injuries you’re not able to prevent.
1) Dynamic Warm-ups
But the key thing I would say is to make sure that you’re doing a dynamic warmup before your sport or activity, which that basically just means like don’t statically stretch.
You should be doing, movements that increase your blood flow, range of motion, and tissue, bringing heat to the tissue so that you don’t tear anything along those lines.
2) Train In Different Planes of Motion
The second thing I would say is to make sure that your warm-up and training involves moving in different planes of motion, which basically means you need to be able to move your body, you know left to right, forward, backward, but also rotate, because that’s what sports are.
And so, when you’re out on the football field or playing tennis, you just don’t know which way the ball’s going to bounce. You may be put in some of these vulnerable positions. And so, training in those planes is going to help mitigate that injury.
3) Sports Performance Training
The third thing I would recommend is doing sports performance training or strength training.
You’re connective tissues of your muscles, tendons, and ligaments, are usually the most common things that are injured in sports, and if you make that tissue stronger with strength training and exercise in a systematic way, you’re going to be less likely to tearing something and injuring something. So, that’s a very important component.
4) Nutrition & Sleep
And then the other side of it I would say is like the basics of nutrition and sleep. Some people neglect these things.
But if I’m more fatigued, I didn’t have a good night rest, well then I’m training hard, I’m going to potentially be more likely to get injured.
The same thing goes for my nutrition. I can’t recover … My tissues can’t recover between exercises because I’ve had poor nutrition, then my body’s already going into that workout session or game with a chance of already being irritated and harmful.
It’s a multi-faceted answer and a long answer, but that’s really kind of it with, with sports injury as far as the biggest things I see clinically to preventing a sports injury.
Why Should I Choose Your Fort Myers, FL Sports Injury Clinic?
To be frank, we’re the only conservative experts of athletic and sports injuries in the area and can get to the root cause of your sports injury rather than just treating symptoms like most other offices.
Plus, my team and I were all athletes so we know what it feels like to be injured and unable to participate or play.
If you have a sports injury, you don’t need to suffer any longer.
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I hope this information was informative and we look forward to getting you back in motion.
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