Despite doing everything right......

stretching beforehand, wearing the proper equipment, or engaging in the appropriate training — sports-related injuries happen to the best of us. Whether you were playing in a championship tournament or weekend pickup game, the most important thing to know when playing sports or exercising on any level is that if you get hurt, you need to react smartly and to not cause more harm than good.  

We at Lake Effect Chiropractic are all about staying in the game, or at the very least, getting back to it as quickly as possible. We want to work with you through an injury, learn how to stay active during recovery, and help you recover to be stronger than before! We work to help you through progressions and regressions of exercises to get you through YOUR recovery journey.

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How do I get a sports injury?

There are multiple reasons why someone might start experiencing sports injuries. Here is a list of some of the most common causes.

  • generally poor conditioning
  • failure to warm up
  • poor technique
  • athletic overtraining and specialization

From the slightest sprain to a major dislocation,

Sports injuries are serious and almost always require medical diagnosis and treatment. The most common sports injuries include:

  • Knee injuries
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Shin splints
  • Strains and sprains
  • Swollen muscles
  • Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
  • Joint injuries
  • Rotator cuff and shoulder injuries

The first step in treating your injury:

The first step in your recovery is receiving a medical diagnosis from an experienced professional like our chiropractor.

The treatment and prognosis of your sports injury vary on the severity of your pain and the extent of the injury itself, and usually starts with rest, ice, compression and elevation of the affected area. Other treatments that may be recommended by our chiropractor at Lake Effect Chiropractic include chiropractic care, pain relievers or other medications, physical therapy and rehabilitation, or even surgery.

If you are suffering from a sports-related injury, call us today at (989) 686-6808 to request your appointment at Lake Effect Chiropractic with our chiropractor.

Our Sports Injury Treatments

Chiropractic Adjustments

At Lake Effect Chiropractic, we specialize in chiropractic adjustments that improve overall health and get you feeling great.

Compression Therapy

Compression therapy is designed to increase blood flow to speed up recovery from workouts or from injuries. This therapy involves NormTec Boots that help this process and increase recovery time.

Summus Class IV Medical Laser

Laser Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to stimulate the body's natural ability to heal. Improved healing time, pain reduction, increased blood circulation and decreased swelling are the major effects of laser energy. Summus Medical Lasers are designed to target the body's optimal light-absorbing complexes to treat pain and accelerate the healing process.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

IASTM is another option to resolve pain and tightness in the body. This approach to fascia and muscle work reduces friction which allows for precision, sensitivity and depth that cannot be accomplished with the hands, knuckles, elbows etc.

Therapeutic Exercises

Here at Lake Effect Chiropractic, we specialize in assisting our patients through physical rehabilitation to keep them healthy after they experience an injury or pain in any way.

Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique (ART) is a soft tissue therapy designed to rid injured areas of scar tissue. Here at Lake Effect Chiropractic, we incorporate ART in our treatment of musculoskeletal disorders to remedy injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, rotator cuff injuries, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, tennis elbow, headaches, and back pain. All of these conditions tend to have one thing in common: the result of an overused muscle.

McKenzie Method

Without a full range of motion and proper use of joints, our backs, necks and joints become stiff and less mobile, leading to pain, greater loss of movement and dysfunction. The McKenzie method is a standardized assessment tool, defining and classifying movement problems and recommending appropriate treatment.


If you are uncomfortable with the more traditional manual adjustments, the PulStar is an amazing option for light force chiropractic adjustments.

When should I see a chiropractor for my sports injury?

This is an important question to ask and to answer! Many sports injuries may be treated with chiropractic treatment. Whether it's an acute form of sports injury that's flared up or a chronic type of sports injury that you've been struggling with on and off for years.

It excites us to have new patients who have had other chiropractic experiences, what we do at Lake Effect Chiropractic is target the source of the problem and work to extinguish it! Getting the body moving, from the joints to the muscles, we know MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE!

Despite the fact that sports injuries are common, the seriousness of the injuries and the conditions that cause them to vary. What we do is different, your sports injury treatment is always individualized and we are here to help you with whatever pain you may be experiencing here in Bay City, Michigan.   

We work together with the medical community to make sure you receive the proper care no matter what your condition may be, new or old, minor or serious, we want you to get back to a pain-free life and enjoy it!

How can chiropractic care help my sports injury?

Chiropractic care helps many types of sports injuries as mentioned above. Joints, muscles, and even nerves can all produce these types of injuries. We determine which structures are the primary pain generators and which structures are stressed due to poor structural function using a detailed history and examination.

Fixing the source of the pain is what we do.  We assist your body by giving it the time it needs to HEAL and work at 100% and restoring function to each of the listed structures above. The body is a unique mechanical system and all structures need to be treated to return to 100%.   We don’t just treat the joints here at Lake Effect Chiropractic, sports injuries can, and most likely will, involve multiple structures which we will identify and correct during your healing journey.

Ankle Sprain

What it is: Most athletes have experienced a sprained ankle, which typically occurs when the front of the foot is rolled inward. This turning stretches or tears the ligaments that surround the outside of the ankle which are relatively weak.

Our Treatment:  Promote healing tissue regeneration through soft tissue treatment techniques, progressive rehab exercises, and deep tissue laser to speed up the healing process.


Shin Splints

What they are: Pains down the front of the lower legs commonly known as called “shin splints.” They are most often brought on by running and in particular, they are commonly caused when starting a more strenuous training program like long runs on paved roads.

Our Treatment: Rid the shins muscles of scar tissue from repetitive use, while strengthen the muscles to tolerate more/ longer activities. 


Knee Injury- Patellofemoral Syndrome

What it is: Patellofemoral syndrome can be caused by a repetitive movement in your kneecap (patella) against your thigh bone (femur), which can damage the tissue that lies beneath the kneecap. Running, volleyball and basketball are sports where this condition is frequent.

Our Treatment: Identify where and why the patella is rubbing.  Promote proper tracking and tissue repair of the knee cap using therapeutic exercises involving the knee, hip, and foot but also with the Class IV laser to speed up the healing process. 


Elbow Tendinitis- Tennis or Golfer's Elbow

What it is: swelling of the tendons -- that causes pain in the elbow and arm. These tendons are bands of tough tissue that connect the muscles of your lower arm to the bone. Despite its name, you can still get tennis/ golfer's elbow even if you've never been near a country club! Repetitive motions -- like gripping a racket or hammer  -- can strain the muscles and put too much stress on the tendons. That constant tugging can eventually cause microscopic tears in the tissue.

Our Treatment:  The difficulty of this injury is associated with the constant use and difficulty to rest/ change your movement patterns. Number one choice for this is to promote healing tissue to get through the inflammation and start healing with the Class IV laser. Then we need to promote regeneration through soft tissue treatment techniques and progressive rehab exercises.


Rotator Cuff Injury/ Tear or Tendonitis

What it isRotator cuff injury is the most common problem affecting the shoulder, accounting for 4.5 million physician office visits per year. Injuries range from a mild strain of a single tendon to a complete rupture of multiple tendons. Strains of the rotator cuff can occur abruptly from a solitary insult (falling, pushing, pulling, throwing, or lifting), but more commonly (>90%) develop from multiple factors, including repetitive injury and age-related attrition. 

Our Treatment: The conservative management of rotator cuff injuries should include activity modification, stretching, strengthening, soft tissue therapy, deep laser treatment to support and speed up healing and finally restoration of coordiated shoulder mechanics.

"Ashley and Brittany are always amazing, very friendly, and excellent at treating me."

"I've had a variety of experiences from classic chiropractic adjustments to laser treatments and cupping. I always feel much better after coming out and urge anyone else with back pain to give them a visit."
- Drew T., // Bay City, Michigan

"If your looking to get better quickly this is the place! I highly recommend Dr. Brittany and Dr. Ashley."

"I came in with knee pain after 4 years of doctors telling me to get a knee replacement. After 4 visits I had clear evidence of significant improvement. After the 4th visit, I had flexibility that I didn't have for the last 4 years. From there my mobility and wellness have improved a ton. If your looking to get better quickly this is the place! I highly recommend Dr. Brittany and Dr. Ashley."
- Charles G., // Saginaw, Michigan

"Dr. Ashley is always super nice and helpful when I have questions. She knows exactly what she is doing and doesn't mess around."

"I broke my collarbone back in August. 1 plate and an 8 screw surgery. Throughout the healing process, I was having quite a few issues. I was recommended to come here to see if it would help. My shoulder didn't want to move, my neck was very tight, and my right lat was always flared out/pushed forward. After a few appointments with Dr. Ashley getting laser, cupping, and a few adjustments around the right collar bone I feel great. My shoulder is almost 100%, my range of motion is a night and day difference, my back doesn't hurt, and my neck feels brand new. Dr. Ashley is always super nice and helpful when I have questions. She knows exactly what she is doing and doesn't mess around. I will always happily recommend anyone to come here if you have any problems."
- Josh D., // Bay City, Michigan

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