Bucked Outta Whack?

5 Ways Chiropractic Helps


It’s no secret that rodeo is one of the most dangerous sports practiced in the United States. Up to 70% of bull riders suffer injuries during the rodeo that vary from minor to life-threatening. While bull riding is the most dangerous activity at the rodeo, all rodeo sports including bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and calf roping are risky.


In addition to the obvious reasons that the rodeo has such a high injury rate, there are also contributing factors that augment the sport’s inherent risks. Lack of protective headgear is common in rodeo, and there is currently no requirement to seek medical treatment after a concussion or head injury. But one thing is certain -- there is much that can be done to help rodeo riders prevent and treat injuries!


Here are five ways that sports chiropractic with a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Sports Medicine Committee member helps rodeo riders get back on the horse (or bull!):


Taping is one of the most effective ways to help athletes prevent injury. Ligament sprains are very common in rodeo riding, which can happen when a joint is jerked around. For rodeo riders, this can happen during the ride itself, or when bucked off. Both the fall and the impact with the ground can lead to ligament sprains.


Once a ligament has been sprained, taping helps to support the joint and provide pain relief during physical activities as the ligament heals. Stark Chiropractic and Sports offers a variety of taping methods, including kinesiology taping, dynamic taping, and Functional Taping for Musculoskeletal Injuries (FTMI).


Evaluation, prevention, and treatment of neck injuries is critical for rodeo riders. Evaluation and prevention of neck injuries may involve x-ray or other imaging, regular adjustments, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises to keep your cervical spine healthy from the get-go.


Evaluation after an injury or suspected injury is also smart. Depending on the type of pain or injury, Stark Chiropractic and Sports will design the best treatment plan for you. Adjustments, cupping therapy, Graston technique, and more are available at our North Houston office to help rodeo riders recover faster.


Evaluation, prevention, and treatment of knee, ankle, and shoulder injuries with a sports chiropractor are important as these are the joints most often injured in rodeo riding. Evaluation of these injuries may involve imaging and/or functional assessments.


Treatment of a knee, ankle, or shoulder injury will vary depending on the type of injury, severity, and level of pain. Taping, adjustment of the joint, functional movement therapy, Graston technique, and more may be used in the treatment of these rodeo injuries.


More than just adjustments are available at most chiropractic practices, especially when you see a sports chiropractor. Services like dynamic taping, kinesiology taping, cupping therapy, therapeutic dry needling, Graston technique, and functional movement assistance are available at Stark Chiropractic and Sports. These services and treatments help rodeo riders feel their best year-round.


Visiting a Sports Chiropractor instead of a traditional chiropractor is especially beneficial for rodeo riders. Sports chiropractic is specifically aimed at the treatment and prevention of injuries in sports. Houston rodeo riders have the added benefit of receiving treatment from Dr. Stark, a sports chiropractor who also is a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Sports Medicine Committee and a certified EMT.


Dr. Stark is often on-site during rodeo events to treat injuries as they happen, and is highly experienced in the treatment and prevention of those injuries.


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