The Fork in the Road

Fork in the Road

Sometimes decisions for surgical repair of injuries delay short-term trajectory for athletics but hopefully best for the long-term health of the individual. I’ve always been a big believer in taking a conservative approach with injury first. In addition to physical therapy after my knee scope surgery for a torn ACL and meniscus injury. I have used chiropractic care when my back and hips get torqued on the soccer field. Like any manipulation of joints or soft tissue mobilization success depends on how the practitioner executes the treatment. My daughter had scoliosis where surgery was recommended because of the concern of the trajectory of the curve as she grew. If she did not have the surgery, there was a very good chance that she could develop a herniation of the disk from the torque on the spine. My daughter was able to return to athletic activities after about 9 months, but her first cross country season was limited partially due to deconditioning and likely her getting used to not getting as much flexion in the spine. Hopefully she will be able to return her previous running form, but she has been pleased that she’s able to stand more straight. Know that going into major surgery even a young person’s body is going to take time to heal. Unforeseen complications like infection and compensations can occur, but long term function is important to consider as well. Don’t hesitate to get a second or third opinion when it comes to major surgeries.