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Preventing Knee Injuries

How to Help Prevent Knee Injuries in the Young Athlete.

The Problem

Get a step ahead of your competition with chiropractic care!

Get a step ahead of your competition with chiropractic care!

Lower extremity injuries are common in the young athlete. Ranging from simple sprain/strain type injuries, ACL injuries of the knee, to overuse injuries such as shin splints. A lot of injuries are due to faulty biomechanics of the pelvis. The most important contributing influence on the knee and patellofemoral joint is pelvic position. This makes a lot of sense if you think about it. The pelvis is the middle piece of the puzzle connecting the upper extremity to the lower extremity. If the pelvis is not aligned and moving correctly everything will have to compensate below.

The Solution

Chiropractic adjustments help to restore both alignment and proper motion to the pelvis. When the pelvis is aligned and moving correctly the muscles above and below it will be able to do their job more efficiently. Adjustments also stimulate receptors in the muscles that help to control the tone and activity of the muscle.

At Bryant Family Chiropractic we use an instrument to deliver the proper adjustment called the Impulse IQ. This high-tech computerized instrument precisely measures how the spine is moving during the treatment so that just the right amount of care can be provided.  It can also be used on muscles, ligaments, and tendons again helping to reset the tone of the muscles.

Strengthening certain muscles is also an important part of preventing knee injuries. One of the most devastating injuries to the knee is an ACL injury which often occurs while the athlete is trying to plant or stop and turn. One of the reasons for this is the inability of the hamstring muscles to stabilize the joint when the athlete is decelerating.  A custom exercise program can be developed for each individual based on what weaknesses are found.

About Dr. Reed

Dr. Reed is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician ® who enjoys working with athletes of all ages. He has been in practice for 11 years and recently opened up a new clinic in Bryant, Arkansas. He enjoys helping people achieve better health by getting to the true cause of their problem.

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