What is injury and what chiropractic care can do for you?

Musculoskeletal injuries, or MSIs, go by many different names, including repetitive strain injuries, repetitive motion injuries and cumulative trauma disorders. Whatever the term used, they are a range of damage of muscular or skeletal systems, involving muscles, bones, tendons, blood vessels, nerves and other soft tissues and the effect is the same: bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and other soft tissues are being injured.
There are numerous musculoskeletal injuries that people suffer from. Some examples of musculoskeletal injuries are:

  • Bursitis
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Sprains (ankle and wrist sprains are common)
Chiropractic Care

Skeletal injuries will require surgery or similar “classic medical” treatment and can’t be cured, at all, even by chiropractic. However, most injuries mean that soft tissues are being injured.
Without proper treatment, some soft tissue injuries can continue to cause pain for years. As soft tissue injuries heal, they develop scar tissue. If the spine is not aligned and full range of motion isn’t recovered before scarring sets in, it can ultimately inhibit normal functioning and even lead to spinal degeneration.
Dr. O’Connell will check your muscles and spine to detect imbalance and alleviate tension so that the body can work naturally rather than be prone to injury. A chiropractor can only help during your recovery or in certain cases, when the injury is still mild. What we can do is to relieve the pain as much is possible and prevent the damage musculoskeletal injuries creates.


Broken ribs can be caused by car accidents, falls, sports, or even prolonged periods of coughing. Recovering from a rib injury, whether cracked, broken, or strained, can take many painful months. A patient also becomes misaligned due to overcompensating for the injured region. This can lead to other kinds of referred pain in the back, legs, arms, chest, neck, and other muscles. Chiropractic treatment could alleviate some of these difficulties.
If a patient receives sufficient rest and icing after breaking a rib, chiropractors can provide adjustments with “specific soft tissue work around the affected rib”. Rib pain can be severe enough to feel like a heart attack, and it is a stabbing pain. Chiropractors use a variety of treatments “to restore the movement, reduce pain and reduce the muscle spasm”.
A chiropractor will also recommend comprehensive wellness techniques, such as proper diet, which will optimize the body’s ability to heal quicker. Chiropractors may also perform and instruct a patient on a variety of stretches and exercises that, if performed correctly and at regular intervals, will promote quicker healing and reduce the likelihood of future complications.

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