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Most Doctors of Chiropractic earn a bachelor's degree, and many also earn a higher degree, before completing an additional postgraduate program leading to a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
Sports injuries and rigorous athletic conditioning, typically disturb normal body mechanics. These minor and/or major disturbances may negatively affect athletic performance. Because of the expertise and extensive training in neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions, sports chiropractic physicians are uniquely skilled in treating the athlete.
Doctors of Chiropractic, especially sports chiropractors, are sensitive to joint dysfunction. When a joint is dysfunctional, there are also disturbed neurological reflexes which may result in poorly communicated information to the central nervous system. These diminished reflexes may result in slowed reaction time or may cause muscles to be dysfunctional; tight or inhibited. Numerous studies demonstrate enhanced mechanics of a joint in addition to enhanced nervous system function immediately following chiropractic manipulation.
More and more athletic teams are demanding for sports chiropractic care. Many teams have a sports chiropractic physician that accompany them at practices and games. Dr. Renee worked with the Somerset Patriots Baseball team for three years and also served as an assistant athletic trainer for Watchung Hills Regional High School. Additionally, she has provided countless hours on the sideline for many various sporting events. Unlike most healthcare facilities, Sports Chiropractors are well versed in the treatment of conditions related to body mechanics, diagnosis, emergency procedures, pre-participation evaluations, rehabilitation, injury prevention, physical therapy, nutrition, joint support and taping, exercise prescription, and athletic conditioning. The sports chiropractor is unique to today's athletes, on and off the field. Because Doctors of Chiropractic use methods that do not include pharmaceuticals, the athlete can receive care without fear of drug reactions, loss of alertness, or athletic disqualification.
Athletes of all skill levels are turning to sports chiropractic for help when they are injured. The 1984 Los Angeles Olympics signaled the first time a doctor of chiropractic was included on the sports medicine team. Since that time, amateur and professional athletes alike have been turning to the drugless chiropractic approach as a first resort for their sports related injuries.
Today, every type of college and professional team is likely to enlist the services of a Sports Chiropractor.
It is this same level of training and expertise that Drs. Foster offers to local athletes of all ages and skill levels. Some of the more common types of athletic injuries and conditions that can be helped include: muscle spasms, ligament sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, tendonitis, bursitis, shoulder pain, neck pain, numbness of the arms and hands and legs and feet, and low back pain.