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Chiropractic Care for Winter Sports Injuries at Rainier Sports and Spinal Rehab

You may be looking forward to enjoying your favorite winter sport, until you twist an ankle, damage a knee, or injure your back. Injuries sustained while skiing, snowboarding, or playing hockey can put your winter athletic ambitions on ice. That's why it's good to know that you have a Puyallup, WA, chiropractor who understands all kinds of sports injuries. Here at Rainier Sports and Spinal Rehab, we employ chiropractic care and other measures to prepare your body for winter sports, treat any sports injuries that occur, and even help you fortify yourself against future injuries.


Winter Sports and Your Body

Winter sports can place some serious stresses and strains on the human body, not least because the cold weather makes it harder for you to keep your muscles and connective tissues as limber as they need to be. To make matters worse, ice is an awfully hard surface for a high-impact spill. Here are a few common winter sports injuries you need to watch out for:

  • Ice hockey - If you've played ice hockey for any length of time, you know that it isn't ballet. High-impact collisions with ice, backboards, and other players can jar your spine out of alignment, potentially causing severe neck or back pain and neurological symptoms in an arm or leg.
  • Skiing - Skiing can be extraordinarily hard on your hips, ankles, and feet. A wrong landing can cause painful strains or sprains that force you to hang up your skis.
  • Snowboarding - in snowboarding, it's the knees that take most of the punishment. Snowboarders frequently suffer from knee injuries as well as low back injuries from unfortunate landings.

Evaluation, Treatment, and Preventative Care from Our Chiropractor

Our chiropractor, Dr. Earle, can help you get through your winter with less agony contributed by your favorite sport. A seasonal spinal evaluation can help us detect (and then fix) any misalignment or postural problem that might make you especially vulnerable to a winter sports injury. If you've already sustained a sports injury, we can use the Graston Technique, Active Release Technique, physical therapy, kinesio sport taping, and other modalities to help you rehabilitate that injury. We can also recommend warmups, cool-downs, stretches, and strengthening exercises to help you make sure that your tissues are ready to play.

Ready to Enjoy a Healthier Winter in Puyallup, WA?

Do you want to have a happier, healthier time in your favorite winter sport? Call Rainer Sports and Spinal Rehab today at (253) 445-0440. We're your sports injury experts in Puyallup, WA!