Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation

Dr. Vail is certified in sports injuries and rehabilitation from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic Post Graduate Department (a one-year post graduate degree program). Sports injuries consist of injuries to the extremeties, hands, fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, feet, toes, etc.

Treatment often consists of first controlling the pain and swelling, then stabilizing the joint or injury. Once the injury has become stable and the pain decreased to the point of reestablishing range of motion (ROM), and/or weight bearing, it then becomes time to begin therapeutic exercises and strengthening rehabilitation.

The most noticeable effect of joint immobilization is atrophy of the muscle of the affected limb or area. Atrophy is loss of muscle size and strength. A second consideration in every trauma is the neurological Law of Facilitation, briefly stated as follows: "When an impulse passes through a certain set of neurons to the exclusion of others, it will take the same course on future occasions; each time it traverses this path the resistance in the path will be less."

An athletic injury or joint requiring rehabilitation will demonstrate facilitated pathways that are cyclic and are bing manifested by muscle spasm, ischemia (lack of blood supply), hypoxia (lack of oxygen), pain, muscle weakness and joint instability. Successful rehabilitation depends upon elimination of each and all facilitated pathways.

Auto Accidents

Auto accidents often involve spinal injuries, most often the cervical spine, "whip-lash" type injuries, head trauma and other parts of the spine and body. Mild injuries can take up to six to eight weeks to heal with very little or no permanent joint or tissue damage. Moderate injuries can take three to six months with some permanent damage and severe injuries can take up to a year or longer and usually involve some permanent physical damage. Therapy for injuries should be started as soon as possible after the injury, if possible within 24 to 48 hours. Proper care is critical to prevent adhesions and scar tissue from forming unnecessarily, which will occur if treatment is delayed, or improper treatment with braces and collars which are often used in mild to moderate cases.

Work Injuries

On-the-job injuries can include any or all of the above type injuries and may or may not require rehabilitation. Repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, lifting injuries (low back), and sprain/strain injuries, etc. respond well to Dr.Vail's treatments. Dr. Vail does accept worker's compensation with a signed authorization from your employer.

There are six major worker's compensation studies showing chiropractic care to be superior to medical care in the treatment of on-the-job back injuries. Chiropractors have been able to get their patients out of pain and back to work faster and with lower treatment costs.

  • The Utah study - fewer costs and days lost
  • The Florida study - shorter disability/lower costs/lower hospitalization rates
  • The California study - chiropractic patients get back to work sooner
  • The Oregon study - chiropractic gets individuals back to work and fast!
  • The Australian study - cost and pain relief effective with a lower chronicity rate
  • The Manga report - "...injured workers...diagnosed with low back pain returned to work much sooner when treated by chiropractors than by physicians."