San Diego chiropractor, Dr. Zach Beatty, DC of Gonstead Family Chiropractic centrally located in San Diego is going to share some information.
Lets get talk about how many sports are available in elementary, middle, and high schools in San Diego. We are talking about basketball, volleyball, water polo, rugby, beach volleyball, baseball, football, and much more. All of these sports increase risk of concussions, correct. However, these also increase risk of ACL tears and other lower extremity injuries post concussion.
As a sports chiropractor in San Diego, I see all of these injuries weekly if not daily. If you are interested in knowing more about concussions specifically, click the highlighted 'concussions' link.
Concussions ultimately slow down the neurological pathway in our spinal cord, our brain, and results in delayed responses as well as reactions. Think of our spinal cord like a highway that has a construction sign with a new speed limit of 35mph rather than the normal 65mph. That is what our nerves do when we are post concussion. To make matters worst we are trying to get back into our preferred sport as soon as possible, most of the time too soon.
When I see athletes in San Diego, get back into action too soon, they run a increased risk of injuring a lower extremity, whether its a torn ACL, torn meniscus, pulled hamstring, or twisted ankle.
A study was performed where they found people whom are recently concussed are 3.6x more likely to develop a lower extremity injury within 90 days of concussion.. That is a pretty intense increase!
So why the heck is a chiropractor in San Diego talking about this? Amazing question. Chiropractor Dr Zach Beatty has a unique background.
He has suffered from several concussions. One so bad he needed to see one of the best concussion doctors whom is Nationally acclaimed. He also now views this injury from two sets of eyes, the players as well as the doctor. So when he speaks with the Mary Seau CTE Foundation (sister of the late Junior Seau), it can be difficult at times. But his goal is to educate parents and kids in San Diego who play sports know the risks, the signs, symptoms, and consequences, but also the benefit of playing sports in high school or even being involved in a car accident in San Diego.
So when yourself or your child walks in to his chiropractic office in San Diego with a concussion history. He knows that he is the right guy for the job. He knows how it feels to be sidelined, but more importantly he knows how to keep your child safe. The nervous system is extremely compromised while suffering from brain trauma. His job is to allow the nervous system to heal, while allowing the body to adapt to the changes it endured. By stimulating the nervous system it will help get the neurons in your spinal cord, brain, and outlet nerves to optimize their abilities while the concussion tries to slow them down. By allowing the neurological pattern to be slowed down and allowing your child back into sports. Imagine he or she makes a quick cut or change of direction, the nerves sending impulse for muscles to engage are delayed, they don't engage and now there is nothing holding your child's knee in place...POP. There goes his or her ACL. Now a brain injury just turned into a brain injury and a torn ACL. Not too many athletes return from an injury like that to perform at a level they were prior to injury. Plus imagine the mentality of going from a couple week sideline injury to 6 months of longer of being sidelined, plus surgery.
He is also a great car accident chiropractor in San Diego. He works with some of the best lawyers in San Diego county to ensure your legal issues are handled, while he handles your well being. He handles, whiplash, neck stiffness, low back pain, sciatica pain, all can be caused from a car accident. Yes, we even adjust children involved in car accidents. If you are involved in a lyft or uber car accident, please reach out to us as soon as possible because those get tricky very quickly if you are not in the right hands both professionally and legally.
If you ever have any questions, please feel free to reach out, but also check out this awesome video we recorded from a webinar we put on for athletes and their parents.
We work with sports teams in San Diego, so if you ever need us to come speak on this topic to a group of athletes or their parents, we would love to help out in anyway that we can.
Dr. Zach Beatty, DC
Gonstead Family Chirorpactic
San Diego, CA