Sports Medicine Specialist

Park Cities ChiroSport

R Todd Petersen, D.C., DACBSP, OPA-C, ATC, LAT

Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center & Board Certified in Sports Medicine located in Snider Plaza / University Park, Dallas, TX

If you or your child has been sidelined by an injury, sports medicine can help you get back in the game safely and quickly. Licensed athletic trainer, certified orthopedic physician’s assistant, and sports chiropractor R. Todd Petersen, DC, provides comprehensive sports medicine for people of all ages and fitness levels at Park Cities ChiroSport in Dallas, Texas. For excellent care in sports medicine, call the clinic or request an appointment online today.

Sports Medicine Q&A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a branch of health care that centers on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of injuries you acquire when doing any kind of physical activity, including exercising and participating in sports.

Sports medicine involves health care professionals of various backgrounds, including physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, and chiropractors. 

Dr. Petersen has extensive training in various aspects of sports medicine, including a diplomate in sports chiropractic. He also serves as the official chiropractor for Southern Methodist University’s athletic department.

Who should see a sports medicine specialist?

At Park Cities ChiroSport, Dr. Petersen treats children, teens, and adults of all ages and athletic backgrounds. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, a professional athlete, or the parent of a youth sports star, Dr. Petersen customizes a sports medicine plan for your particular needs.

What are the most common sports injuries?

Different physical activities increase your risk for various sports injuries. Common problems include:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Concussions
  • Knee injuries
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
  • Cartilage tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
  • Hamstring strains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Stress fractures

Some of these injuries occur suddenly, like after a football tackle or fall, while others appear gradually. Tendinitis and stress fractures are two common overuse injuries that develop over time.

What should I expect from sports medicine treatment?

First, Dr. Petersen reviews your medical history, symptoms, and any imaging tests you may have, such as X-rays. He evaluates your condition and observes your movement and posture to help him identify biomechanical imbalances or abnormalities.

Then, Dr. Petersen creates an individualized treatment plan that may include one or more of the following sports medicine techniques:

Chiropractic care

Chiropractic adjustments correct subluxations, which are structural abnormalities that can cause pain and dysfunction. In addition to spinal manipulation, Park Cities ChiroSport features a spinal decompression table.

Physical therapy

Dr. Petersen uses a wide range of physical therapies, including massage, ultrasound, and cold laser therapy. He also teaches you therapeutic stretching and strengthening exercises to facilitate recovery and prevent re-injury.

Nutritional counseling

Fueling your body properly is essential for athletic performance in all forms of exercise. Dr. Petersen makes sure you’re getting the nutrients you need to recover.

For complete care in sports medicine, call Park Cities ChiroSport, or book an appointment online today.