Why Physical Therapy With A Chiropractor Is Important After Suffering an Injury

Why Physical Therapy With A Chiropractor Is Important After Suffering an Injury

When you’re injured, you may immediately apply the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) protocol, or maybe you turn to pain medication to see you through. 

While those are both effective initial treatments, what you really need is a plan to help you heal and recover completely. 

Here at Greenwich Wellness, Adam Massoud, DC, our pain management and chiropractic specialist, takes a closer look at how chiropractic care serves as physical therapy for many injuries. 

Where do chiropractic care and physical therapy overlap?

Chiropractic care and physical therapy both focus on the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of those with limited function and mobility. A little-known fact about chiropractors is that chiropractors take physiotherapy boards during their education; most DC’s are physiotherapy-certified even before they finish with their chiropractic education. Although they differ in approach and philosophy, both fields share the same goal of reducing pain, decreasing stiffness, and increasing flexibility and range of motion. 

In many ways, chiropractic care exceeds the scope of physical therapy. Dr. Massoud uses diagnostic tests to determine the root cause of your pain or loss of function and uses a multidisciplinary approach to address it, including:

As a chiropractor, pain management specialist, and acupuncturist, Dr. Massoud is uniquely trained to help you regain maximum functioning through a variety of treatment modalities and techniques. 

How can physical therapy help me after an injury?

If you think of spinal manipulation when you think of chiropractic care, you’re right. The chiropractic field focuses heavily on spinal alignments and subluxations (spinal manipulations). But chiropractic is so much more. 

Depending on your condition, Dr. Massoud may include any of the following in your treatment plan:

Because chiropractic care addresses issues with your bones, muscles, joints, cartilage, and connective tissues, it covers a lot of the same ground as traditional physical therapy and is one of the most effective ways to recover from injuries and health conditions, such as:

Here are just a few of the reasons why we think you should make chiropractic care a key part of your recovery following an injury. 

Avoid scar tissue

Scar tissue is a collection of collagen and cells that congregate at the site of an injury and attempt to repair the damage. Scar tissue can develop inside or outside your body, especially if you’ve had surgery to repair your injury. 

Because scar tissue is much less flexible than normal skin tissue, it can cause significant pain and limited mobility. Using instrument-assisted soft tissue manipulation, Dr. Massoud can help you prevent scar tissue buildup. 

Promote flexibility and range of motion

An injury that stays immobilized for too long inevitably loses mobility. Dr. Massoud carefully guides you through appropriate movements and stretches that encourage flexibility and help you rebuild your range of motion. 

Often, misalignments hinder functionality, which is why chiropractic care can be crucial to your recovery therapy. 

Focus on strength

This is especially important if you’ve been sidelined by your injury. Chiropractic as physical therapy helps you regain your pre-injury strength by targeting the muscles surrounding the site of your injury. 

Bonus: Improved flexibility, strength, and range of motion all work to keep you from sustaining another injury. 

Education

You may think you know how to move properly, but your first session is a real eye-opener. Dr. Massoud explains your faulty body mechanics and then walks you through strategies that improve your functioning, help you manage chronic injuries, and ultimately provide you with pain relief.

Are you injured and ready to learn your options? We’re here for you. Call or click to request a consultation at our Greenwich, Connecticut, office today.

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