Sports Medicine

Certified Sports Chiropractors Providing Sports Medicine Care in Bozeman, MT

Jonathan M. Wilhelm, DC, MS, CCSP, CCEP, CSCS, ICSSD

Jonathan M. Wilhelm, DC, MS, CCSP, CCEP, CSCS, ICSSD

Jeffrey E. Feenstra, DC, CCSP

Jeffrey E. Feenstra, DC, CCSP

Shea A. Stark, DC, CCSP, ICSC, EMT

Shea A. Stark, DC, CCSP, ICSC, EMT

Bozeman is an active community!  Everywhere you look there are some form of activity and sports connecting us all. Whether it’s running, Cross Fit, basketball, golf, tennis, boot camp trainings, Spartan races or martial arts we love our sports and more people are engaging in physical activity today than ever before, and we love it! With all of you beautiful active humans playing sports and crushing your exercise programs, we are likely to see more injuries as well.

Never fear!  As sports chiropractor our aim to to properly diagnose and expertly treat the underlying cause of your issues allowing you to regain your peak performance.  The certified sports chiropractors of Pro Chiropractic have dedicated their professional careers to helping athletes achieve, so you can perform in your moment!


Understanding Key Differences

The difference between a sports chiropractor, regular chiropractor and physical therapist.

If you are an aspiring athlete or someone who just gets out on weekends you might be wondering what the difference is between a sports chiropractor, a regular chiropractor and physical therapist. On the surface the differences may not be that obvious. However, there are many differences which we hope to point out so you are better equipped to make a decision on which one to choose in your moment of need.

A sports chiropractor  (CCSP, DACBSP, ICSC)

A sports chiropractor is a highly specialized chiropractic provider who has undergone years of post-graduate training beyond their chiropractic degree. This additional education typically includes subjects specific to exercise, injury prevention, emergency procedures, rehabilitation of injuries, and sports-specific evaluation and diagnosis. Initials that follow a properly trained practitioner’s name are: CCSP, DACBSP, and ICSC.  These indicate advanced training and can help you find a sports chiropractic specialist.  Sports Chiropractors use manipulations, a wide array of advanced manual therapies, the latest sports taping approaches, and active therapeutic exercises to help athletes achieve.  They are also experts in assessing functional movement and are known take a whole body, system-wide approach to movement and function.

A regular chiropractor  (DC)

A traditional chiropractor is healthcare professional who focuses on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders, mostly of the neck and back. A traditional chiropractor’s overall goal is to reduce pain and restore function to the nervous system by manually adjusting or manipulating the spine.  Regular chiropractors are a great choice for spinal injuries, postural issues, scoliosis, spinal arthritis, and family wellness care.

A physical therapist  (MPT, DPT)

A physical therapist is concerned with treating many types of movement impairment or disorder. As part of their practice, physical therapists will use passive and active stretching, ice, heat, manual therapies, therapeutic activities, and home exercise for patients.  The length of schooling for a physical therapist is shorter than for a chiropractor, with physical therapists receiving less training in diagnosis, advanced imaging, and manual treatments/manipulation.

The biggest difference between a physical therapist and a chiropractor is in terms of how each approaches treating movement disorders. While chiropractors and physical therapists are both concerned with the muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments, chiropractors are also concerned with how misalignments of the spine may effect the entire body. Specifically, chiropractors work to correct sublaxations, which may impede proper nerve signals and lead to a whole host of other medical issues.


Common sports injuries a sports chiropractor can help


Sprains and strains, which typically occur when tissues are stretched too far or torn. Strains occur when a muscle or tendon is torn, and a sprain is a damage to ligament tissue.  Sports chiropractors and can help treat and rehabilitate most sprains and strains. 

Knee injuries often occur from a lack of warming up properly and blows or twists at the knee. Some knee injuries need to be treated immediately by an emergency medical professional. A sports chiropractor is a great choice to assess and manage most knee injuries.  After receiving treatment chiropractic care can help improve the injury over time

Overuse injuries occur when tissues break down, typically caused by over-training.  Examples include Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries, bicipital tendonitis, tennis elbow, shin splints plantar fasciitis, and patellar tendonitis.  With a specialized combination of treatments and a movement-based approach, these types of injuries are perfectly suited for management by a certified sports chiropractor. 

Dislocations, contact and high-impact sports can cause dislocations, which happens when bones that form a joint become separated.  Sports Chiropractors don’t typically treat dislocations,  although some have training to relocate a joint in a sport sideline management situation.  However, after receiving emergent care for a dislocation,  sports chiropractic care in conjunction with physical therapy can help strengthen and restabilize the dislocated joint.

Fractures, when a bone breaks or cracks from either a one-time injury or from repeated stress over time. A one-time injury is an acute fracture, and these should be evaluated in an emergency department first.   A stress fracture is caused by sports with repetitive impacts, and can be evaluated by a sports chiropractor first. Sports Chiropractors can be an effective part of the team managing an athletic fracture, and are perfectly suited to help an athlete recobver and perfrom following fracture.


How can a sports chiropractor help me be a better athlete?


Based on the chiropractic approach, your body is a interconnected neuromusculoskeletal system. When one part of the system becomes misaligned, others follow.


Sports chiropractors and general chiropractors can remove imbalances to alleviate stressors on your bodies nervous system and restore the general health of your body.


A misaligned spine can interfere with the functions of all other systems, causing athletic performance to suffer. Regular adjustments keep the spine working smoothly, which in turn boosts the body’s overall performance. One study found a 30% improvement in eye-hand coordination after 12 weeks of chiropractic care. In another study, athletes showed a 12% performance increase after receiving chiropractic treatment.


Many professional and Olympic athletes have a secret weapon at their disposal, it’s a sports chiropractor. Transcending traditional chiropractic care, sports chiropractors take a multidisciplinary approach to treating their patients with an extensive knowledge of sports and sports-related injuries.


Contrary to popular belief, professional athletes aren’t the only ones utilizing the services of sports chiropractors, many up and coming aspiring athletes are now using them as well.


Our lives are very active with endless possibilities stretched out before us and the uncertainties that come with it. Our desire to move and feel our best and be ready for anything that comes our way. Whether your goal is to optimize athletic performance, get rid of pain, get an accurate diagnosis, prevent an injury, rehabilitate an injury, avoid invasive surgery or just be able to keep up with your children, our team is highly qualified and ready to assist you.

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