chiropractic-for-athletes-acrIf you are an athlete currently, have been an athlete in the past, or just like to consider yourself an athlete, you’ve probably suffered a number of injuries in your life. These injuries have probably varied in type and severity which leads to varying types of treatments to get you back into the action. One of the most common categories of injuries that athletes suffer are back injuries of various types. In fact, up to 40% of athletes suffer from some level of back pain and for many of them it causes them to be sidelined for a period of time. For those athletes who are sidelined with a back injury, they may be wondering which type of treatment would allow them to get back in the game as quickly and safely as possible.

A recent study, published in the US National Library of Medicine (, suggests that chiropractic treatment may be the best option for athletes suffering from back pain. The study compared chiropractic treatment with various treatment options such as medications, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, laser therapy, and cold/heat therapy. While a number of these treatment options showed some benefits in reducing the back pain, chiropractic treatment showed the greatest benefit and the least side effects. If back pain is keeping you out of the game, a chiropractor can determine the source of the pain and can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to get you back in the game in an efficient and safe manner.

By correcting the alignment, and therefore the function, of the spine, a chiropractor can help maximize an athlete’s performance on the field by preventing injuries and decreasing recovery time. Chiropractic adjustments allow the body to move as freely as it is intended to move. When your spine is out of alignment, you may experience cramps or spasms, which lead to decreased range of motion. Relieving these misalignments can help free up areas of tension in the back and neck, reducing pain and improving mobility. A common byproduct of this treatment is an improvement in your exercise form because you won’t be held back by tight muscles. Here at Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab, we have experience treating athletes of varying ages and skill levels and Dr. Michael Lyons is an Ironman Triathlete, who knows how to get the most out of an athlete’s body.

If you or someone you know is an athlete who has been dealing with back pain and are looking for the fastest and safest way to get back into the game, give Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab a call today at (330) 726-7404 to schedule a free consultation to see how we can help. We have been servicing the Youngstown and Mahoning Valley area since 2001 with convenient locations in Boardman, Hubbard, and Kinsman. At Advanced Chiropractic and Rehab, we are a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation group that treats work comp injuries, whiplash, sports injuries and specializes in much more than just low back pain.