Sports Injury

Professional athletes are constantly reaching new heights in their professional careers. With each passing year, new records are shattered and the human body is pushed to its limits. Competitors train rigorously and take their diets to a new level every day. Yet despite the conscientious care and precautions that athletes follow, most experience musculoskeletal injuries at one time or another.

Chiropractors are to athletes as cardiologists are to those who suffer from cardiovascular disease. Athletes who receive treatment from a medical doctor find themselves frequently benched and on the sidelines. Others play and then spend hours after the game icing their injuries and taking pain medication. This is because medical doctors do not treat the body as an integrated system, but rather treat each injury individually. Meanwhile, chiropractic treatment offers a balanced, holistic approach, by using spinal adjustments and physical therapy techniques to help the patient’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments return to their normal function.

Chiropractic care meticulously tends to the needs of the athlete because special attention is given to the spine, joints, muscles, tendons, and nerves. Additionally, chiropractic care ensures that all pieces of the musculoskeletal system are working harmoniously in their healthiest, most natural state.

Professional athletes recognize tremendous value in chiropractic care because they realize that it helps them maximize athletic performance. Whether you’re an athlete or weekend warrior, receiving chiropractic care will enable you to reach an optimum level of achievement without breaking yourself.

Any sport can be hard on your body and injuries can happen at any moment. No matter which sport you participate in from football to tennis or golf to mixed martial arts, your body is an amazing machine capable of healing itself with the proper care. Dr. Thomas can help your body reach its maximum healing potential.


A condition in which some areas of the body feel numb and cool in certain circumstances.

I have always had freezing or what I call dead fingers. When I get nervous or cold, some of my fingers would lose all color. This can be 1 or all 4 fingers at any given time. I have had this symptom since Junior High, so for 30 years.
After 1 adjustment in my wrists I had warm fingertips, and sweaty palms. This was so strange but a great feeling, almost felt like when I drove away from the office my husband had installed a heated steering wheel.
This had lasted for over a week and I have only had 1 instance where only 1 finger froze up, Got re-adjusted and then gone. So let’s see how long it lasts again.


Foot pain, is most definitely a difficult type of pain to live with. In fact, it can be debilitating because of the desire to stay off the feet.

For the past 6 months my feet were in constant pain. As soon as I woke up in the morning and stood on my feet, I would want to say “OUCH!” All day as I worked, I needed frequent breaks to get off my feet. As soon as I got home in the evening, I would take off my shoes and think “OUCH, OUCH!!”. I tried buying new shoes and that did NOT help my feet at all!!!
I decided to go to Willow Creek Chiropractic to see if anything could be done to my feet to help relieve the constant pain…. The first time I had my feet adjusted, I walked “ON AIR” the entire first week! I still have my feet adjusted when I come to Willow Creek Chiropractic but my feet feel wonderful!!!
My feet no longer hurt when I stand up in the morning. I can stand comfortably for long period of time at work. And my feet no longer throb painfully when I remove my shoes in the evening.


Carpal tunnel syndrome is numbness, tingling, weakness, and other problems in your hand because of pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. The median nerve and several tendons run from your forearm to your hand through a small space in your wrist called the carpal tunnel.

I had numbness and tingling in my hands which woke me up at night with pain and numbness. I also had stiffness and loss of strength for 18 months.
Years ago I had surgery (carpal tunnel release) done in my right hand. This reduced some of the pain but the stiffness remained. Cold weather aggravated the condition. The anti-inflammatory drugs were expensive.
With my left hand now starting to have the same problem I wanted to do anything to avoid having a surgery in that hand. Many of my friends had confidence in Dr. Thomas so I decided to give him a chance.
My pain in my left hand disappeared after only one treatment, and my regular visits keep it from returning.
CHIROPRACTIC!!! No more surgery, ever!


A vertebral subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between your brain and your body.

I have had a subluxation since a ski injury in 1999 and have been to many chiropractors with symptoms. All have fallen under the “does it hurt?’ No. “Then you are all better, come back when it hurts again.”
Ya’ll here are under the same philosophy as I. This will be a chronic problem if not fixed totally. Your office seems to be interested in the permanent fix, not just the Band-Aid.


Sports injuries can be many and varied. Proper spinal alignment and joint care can help prevent injury and sustain higher performance.

After going to soccer practice or playing in a game my back would tighten up. I also would roll my ankles once in a while.
My freshman and sophomore year I was able to cope with the pain and made second team, All-State my sophomore year, but my Junior year the pain was just too much.
Then I went to Willow Creek Chiropractic starting my senior year. I could tell the difference almost instantly. I was able to play pain free. I was one of the state’s most prolific scorers and I was the first 1A player to get 3A MVP.

My arm muscles and elbow bone hurt all the time for two months prior to seeing a medical doctor and three months under a medical doctors care. I couldn’t extend or bend my elbow. I couldn’t lift anything with my right hand. I am a piano instructor and this elbow of mine was in bad shape and I couldn’t teach.
I was prescribed the following:
A brace was put on my arm for two months 24 hours a day. Nothing changed.
50 mg Indomethacin 3 times a day – didn’t work.
Steroids for 10 days – didn’t work.
Next step was surgery – no thank you!

When I came to Willow Creek Chiropractic I was very impressed! The office staff are very friendly. Dr. Thomas is one of a kind! Very professional and exceptionally warm and caring.
The 1st adjustment brought 80% improvement. After 4 visits my blood pressure was normal. I think chiropractic is the greatest and I tell everyone about it.

I recently read a new book out by Jason Lester (2009 ESPY Award Winner for Best Male Athlete With A Disability) called, Running On Faith. It’s about Jason’s life as an ultra-distance runner and how he overcomes his disability of a paralyzed right arm, damaged in a car accident as a 12 yr. old boy, to compete in seventy triathlons, biathlons, marathons, Ironmans, and Ultramans.
As I was reading the book it was inspiring to hear him describe his challenges and how he overcomes them (mostly through faith and hard work). One thing that really caught my eye was how he describes that for over 20 years doctors and specialists had said he would never regain use of his right arm. Buried in this easy-to-read, 206 page auto-biography on pages 148-149, is his revelation about a visit in 2007 to his chiropractor in Kona, Hawaii, a Dr. Odin Willmott, D.C. He says how he came in to get other parts of his body adjusted, but the D.C. asked if he could work on his paralyzed right arm. He said sure, what did he have to lose? Every doctor he had seen for 20 years had told him his arm was a lost cause. But Dr. Willmott apparently believed otherwise.
Jason said: “After weeks of steady manipulation and therapy by my chiropractor, the triceps muscle in my right arm actually flexed. I practically stopped breathing. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Then the biceps moved. Thanks to Dr. Willmott and my relentless training, it appeared that the muscles in my arm were not dead after all.”
There are further comments on Dr. Willmott, but the gist of the book is about faith, dedication, hard work and running. It’s quite an inspirational story. If someone ever doubted that a chiropractor could possibly do things that the main-stream medical community could not, I would suggest they give Jason Lester a call, a remarkable ultra-athlete and a believer in chiropractic care.

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