An accurate diagnosis is the first step in creating a treatment plan for a sports injury. Dr. Delgado will perform a thorough orthopedic and neurologic exam prior to our chiropractic exam. Our first goal in injury evaluation is making sure that you and your injury will be best treated in our office. If the answer to that is no – we have a large network of specialists that we will refer you to. Our team is also very experienced in diagnostic imaging including X-ray and MRI.
We use many methods of treating your injury, but our general philosophy follows a passive care to active care model. This means that your initial treatment most likely includes a variation on PRICE (protect – rest – ice – compress – elevate). From there may do a combination of taping, manual therapy and manipulation until the healing has progressed enough to begin active care. Active care typically consists of stretches, exercises to strengthen and improve flexibility. Once the injury is pain-free we finally move into sport-specific activities to get you ready to return to play.
PASSIVE CARE —> ACTIVE CARE
If you are prone to injury or have recovered from an injury, you may want to stack the odds in your favor. Periodic maintenance evaluations and treatments will allow us to detect imbalances that may lead to re-injury. A typical maintenance treatment will include components of prior visits – ie. manual therapy, chiropractic manipulation, etc. At these visits we can also check on your home care including taping, exercises, etc.
Call Washington Chiropractic at (309) 444-5800 for any sports related injury or prevention needs!