Extremity Joint Manipulation
The differential diagnosis and treatment management of the extremity joints is a subspecialty in the field of Chiropractic.
Chiropractors that specialize in the treatment of sports injuries have undergone specialized training and certification.
The standard Chiropractic training of 3 ½ years is rigorous and there is only a brief amount of time for the practitioner to study the very basics in this subspecialty .
The Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (C.C.S.P.) has undergone an additional year of study from one of the Chiropractic colleges post graduation departments.
Upon completion of this post graduate certification practitioners often find themselves consulting and treating athletes at the professional , college and high school levels.
Having undergone this training in 1983 I found myself managing sport related injuries for the local high school teams. Then several division 1 an 2 colleges. Several Professional athletes in the NFL and MLB and a few Olympic athletes.
I commonly treated recreational golfers and competitive tennis players . The injuries are quite often overuse syndromes which over time creates joint restriction along with soft tissue adhesions.
These injuries often need specialized manipulation to the affected joints. Common areas of injury are the following:
- Rib cage
- Jaw (temporal mandibular joint)
The human frame is a kinetic chain and often one of these extremity joints can be contributing to ongoing spinal pain and immobility.