Sports Injury

Sports ‘Chiropractic’ vs. Sports ‘Medicine’

Sports Chiropractic is not limited to just the treatment of sports injuries. With the proper ‘sports chiropractic’ technique, injuries may be prevented by improving core stability, proprioception and increasing the accuracy of the brain’s control over muscles. Chiropractic treatment can also play a pivotal role in improving overall athletic performance. Studies have shown that nervous system changes from a single session of spinal adjustments are similar to what has been observed following three weeks of strength training.


When treating the athlete it is important to ‘zoom out’ and evaluate from the feet up to the head. Mechanical alterations in the feet and ankle can cause distortions throughout the entire kinetic chain- causing knee, hip and spine problems. The upper extremity is no different- shoulder problems must also include an evaluation of the entire kinetic chain (elbow, wrist and scapula).

Better structure equals better function

Many sports related injuries involve some degree of inflammation- whether it is from overuse, improper mechanics or trauma. Improper alignment within your joints will create inflammation from wear and tear and lead to pain and degradation of the joint cartilage. Inflammation can be treated with chiropractic adjustments and proper nutrition and supplementation.


Dr. Malik is certified under the Mally Sports Chiropractic Technique. He served as an intern with Dr. Mitch Mally in Davenport, IA. The Mally technique is the preferred sports chiropractic technique for many professional sports organizations and athletes around the world. Focus is on treatment, prevention and rehabilitation. Dr. Michael Malik is a marathoner and also enjoys skiing, sailing, windsurfing, hiking and yoga.


Common sports related injuries treated in our office

sprained ankle
patello-femoral syndrome
IT band syndrome
piriformis syndrome
tarsal tunnel syndrome
shin splints
plantar fasciitis

tennis elbow
golfers elbow
frozen shoulder
shoulder impingement
carpal tunnel syndrome
cubital tunnel syndrome