a question many people ask all the time. Even some Doctors (both DC and MD)
don’t know the answer and some even will argue the point. Why? Both DCs and
MDs are on sidelines of Professional Sports teams, share responsibilities at the
Olympics and are working in the training rooms of Major Universities working
side by side. What do they know that the average person doesn’t? The answer,
each Doctor has a DIFFERENT job or responsibility, and when they work together,
the Athlete heals faster.
analogies, so let’s use one of my favourites, The Race Car. Sports
Chiropractors are biomechanics experts and look to restore proper joint
movement. Since muscles attach to bones, when there is an injury the joint will
ALWAYS be affected. Our job is to look at this Kinetic Chain and restore the
proper joint movement by “Adjusting” the joints and opening up the
fixations, much like the “Pit mechanic” will work with the car to get the
power to the wheels and fine tune the alignment of both the chassis and the
motor to make this happen.
are experts in fixing broken parts. When the injury involves a joint that can
not be “adjusted” back into place, you need to call in the “repair shop”
to fix the broken part. Both Doctors are needed since the “broken” part will
affect the entire kinetic chain, much like a damaged wheel can affect the
alignment of the entire car. The Sports Chiropractor keeps the alignment working
while the MD makes the repairs. This will minimize secondary injuries and allow
for a faster recovery.
are experts in the internal workings of the body. Just as if you put bad
“gas” in your engine or you got a bug in the motor, your MD/Internist is the
expert in finding out the chemical changes and restoring the internal health of
Therapists are experts at balancing the muscles and retraining the body to
return to play. Once the joint has been repaired (MD) and the joints have been
balanced and the kinetic chain aligned (DC) the proprioception needs to be
restored (PT). When the Sports Medicine team works in harmony the Athlete
recovers faster and performs better.
like there are many members of the ‘Pit Crew” in an Auto race, there should
be many members of your “healing” team to provide the care you need to get
back to the field. There is a reason you see a “team” of Doctors at major
events, it works!
Terry Weyman is the clinical Director of Chiropractic Sports Institute and is on
. He has also worked at the OTC in
and with the US Olympic Team. Go to www.gotcsi.com for more information