Sports Chiropractic in Rochester, MN

We specialize in treating athletes and active individuals of all ages with techniques tailored to your specific needs and goals at Skare Spine & Performance.

As a sports chiropractor, Dr. Nate Skare incorporates chiropractic manipulation, myofascial and soft tissue release, dry needling, and rehabilitation to help athletes stay on the field and perform their best.

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Elevating Performance and Recovery

Sports chiropractic goes beyond traditional chiropractic care. We focus on optimizing athletic performance, preventing injuries, and promoting rapid recovery. Our clinic is dedicated to providing evidence-based treatments that cater to the specific needs of athletes and active individuals.

Our sports chiropractic services incorporates a variety techniques and treatments:

  1. Chiropractic Adjustments: Adjustments can enhance joint mobility, improve biomechanics, and alleviate restrictions that may hinder performance.

  2. Functional Rehabilitation: We emphasize functional movements that mimic athletic activities, helping you regain strength, stability, and coordination.

  3. Soft-Tissue Techniques: Techniques like myofascial release and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization target muscle imbalances and promote optimal tissue health.

  4. Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS): DNS retrains the nervous system to engage the right muscles at the right time, enhancing motor control and stability.

  5. Dry Needling: This technique promotes tissue healing, reduces pain, and restores muscle function, aiding in both recovery and performance optimization.

  6. Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Therapy: BFR not only accelerates rehabilitation post-injury or surgery but also promotes muscle growth and performance improvement.

Our sports chiropractic approach doesn't just focus on addressing injuries after they happen; it's about proactive care. By improving joint mobility, enhancing muscle function, and optimizing movement patterns, we help you prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.

Whether you're aiming to excel in your sport, overcome a performance plateau, or recover from an injury, our sports chiropractic services are designed to support your goals. We're committed to being your partner in achieving peak performance, helping you stay active, and reaching new heights in your athletic journey.

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Perform Your Best With Sports Chiropractic Care

Patient spotlight: Missy putting in the work as she's recovering from a history of chronic knee pain after ACL tears in both knees. We've worked extensively on restoring her knee joint motion, improving quad and calf mobility, and on hip and knee stability. It's a great example of the different treatment techniques we use to get you feeling and performing your best.

Keeping you on the field is our number one priority.

We get the frustration of injuries and missing playing time.

Instead of just being told to rest, we will exhaust every option available to keep you playing and recovering simultaneously. You and Dr. Skare will develop a plan to get you- or keep you ready for competition. 

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My 12 year old has Osgood-Schlatter disease and we were told there is nothing to help other than PT (which we tried), pain relievers (which we tried), and rest (which is heartbreaking for an athlete). His work with her has not only alleviated her pain but helped her to improve as an athlete and stay in the game.
He is the best at what he does, is easy to work with, and reasonably priced. I HIGHLY recommend!
-Tiffinee S. Rochester, MN

My 13 year old daughter and I both recommend Skare Spine and Performance! He was very informative and thorough. We felt better right away and were given tips and exercises to keep us feeling our best and to increase her sports performance.

-Kelly M. Rochester, MN

Acute Ankle Sprain Treatment

We love treating ankle sprains in Rochester at Skare Spine & Performance, helping athletes and active individuals return to peak performance.

Different Sports Injuries We Treat:

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Be Your Best With Sports Chiropractic Care in Rochester, MN.

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Dr. Skare helped me with nagging back pain I have had for a few years. After a few treatments, I can do exercises that I have been avoiding for many years because they were hurting my back. I would highly recommend getting treatment with Dr. Skare.

- Alex N., Rochester, MN

Performance Care

Sports Chiropractic care isn’t only for those who are injured.

At Skare Spine and Performance in Rochester, MN, we can help you recover faster for your next event or help build resiliency for your upcoming, demanding season. With performance care, we will examine all joints, muscle groups, and functional tests to determine any areas of vulnerability to correct before becoming a problem.

We can also help you recover from games, events, and competitions. Over a season, our bodies can slowly wear down, leaving us vulnerable to injuries. You can stay at your peak performance throughout the year with chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue and myofascial work, functional rehabilitation, Normatec recovery systems, and proper nutrition and supplementation.

Patients also enjoy coming in once a month to remove any hidden joint restrictions or dysfunctions before they become a problem. 

Other elements of performance care:

  • ACL Risk Reduction and Screening
  • Arm and Shoulder Care in between starts/outings in baseball and softball
  • Learning proper weight-lifting mechanics 
  • Functional Movement Screens (FMS) to determine any areas of vulnerability 
  • General Recovery between games and competitions

Common Sports Injuries

Muscle Strains / Sprains

Muscle strains and sprains are common injuries that athletes encounter, often resulting from overuse, sudden movements, or improper training techniques. At Skare Spine & Performance, we understand the impact these injuries can have on athletic performance and daily activities. Whether it's a strained hamstring, sprained ankle, or pulled groin muscle, we specialize in diagnosing and treating these conditions to help athletes get back to peak performance. Through a combination of chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapies, and rehabilitative exercises, we focus on reducing pain, restoring mobility, and addressing the underlying causes of injury. Our goal is not only to provide relief from immediate symptoms but also to prevent future injuries and optimize athletic function.

Shoulder Pain and Impingement

Shoulder pain and impingement are common challenges faced by athletes, often due to repetitive overhead motions and muscle imbalances. At Skare Spine & Performance, we excel in addressing these issues to help athletes reclaim pain-free movement and performance. Shoulder impingement, resulting from compression of rotator cuff tendons or bursa within the joint, leads to inflammation and discomfort. Through our assessments, we dentify underlying causes, such as muscular tightness, scapular instability, improper biomechanics, or restricted joint motion. With joint mobilization, soft tissue therapies, and corrective exercises, we aim to alleviate pain, restore proper shoulder mechanics, and prevent future impingement.

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is a prevalent issue among athletes, often stemming from strenuous activities, poor posture, repetitive movements, or faulty biomechanics. At Skare Spine & Performance, we specialize in providing comprehensive solutions to alleviate low back pain and help athletes regain optimal function. Whether it's a result of muscle strains, spinal joint restriction, or herniated discs, we are equipped to address the underlying causes of low back pain. Through personalized assessments, we identify specific factors contributing to discomfort and tailor treatment plans accordingly. Our approach integrates chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapies, and targeted exercises to relieve pain, improve flexibility, and enhance overall spinal health. With our expertise in low back pain management, athletes can expect customized care designed to facilitate recovery and prevent future injuries.

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Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries, with over 2 million athletes spraining an ankle annually. Ankle sprainsn are something we are passionate about treatign at Skare Spine & Performance.

When an athlete sprains an ankle, they are 37x more likely to sprain their ankle again. However, proper therapy can reduce their chances of spraining their ankle again by 77%.

One of the biggest predictors of how soon an athlete will return to play is how quickly they can start weight-bearing and walking. The days of R.I.C.E. are done, and we want to start loading and progressing activities as soon as possible. 

Dry Needling is one of our go-to’s to help decrease pain and swelling. We then start working on achieving full range of motion, increasing stability, and strengthening specific muscles around the foot and ankle. 

Also, check out our previous blog, "3 Things You Need To Know About Ankle Sprains Today."

Knee Pain

Knee pain is a common concern for athletes, often resulting from overuse, injury, or biomechanical issues. We specialize in providing solutions to alleviate knee pain and enhance athletic performance. Whether it's due to instability, ligament sprains, meniscus tears, or patellar tracking issues, we will address the root causes of your knee pain. Through comprehensive evaluations, we identify biomechanical imbalances and muscular weaknesses contributing to discomfort. Our treatment approach combines chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapies, dry needling, and specific exercises to reduce pain, improve joint stability, and promote optimal knee function. 

Shin Splints

Shin Splints are among the most common running injuries, with around 40% of high school runners experiencing them during a track and field season.

Shin Splints, also known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, typically present with pain on the inside of your calf, 2-3 inches above your ankle.

Pain over your tibia's medial side (inside of your shin bone) is four to six times more likely than Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis, making it essential to know how to prevent it!

Medial tibial stress syndrome essentially causes micro-stress fractures to the lower leg bone, which is why this injury can be complex and long-lasting.

Once shin splints appear, they can nag and are hard to eliminate, so it's important to take a proactive approach. If severe enough, shin splints can progress into a stress fracture, with rest being the only option.

While there is no singular cause for shin splints, it is often attributed to increasing running intensity or mileage too fast. This injury is often known as “too far, too fast, too soon,” making it imperative to have your running on ramping mapped out. Calf weakness should also be addressed in working to help prevent shin splints.

Osgood Schlatter

Also known as jumper’s knee, Osgood Schlatter presents with pain or tenderness on the lower part of the knee, known as the tibial tuberosity. 

Youth athletes who play sports with a lot of running, jumping, and cutting are most susceptible to Jumper's Knee. Osgood Schlatter's is more commonly seen in males but can still occur in females.

This condition is a stress reaction of the tibial tuberosity, where the patella tendon attaches at a growth center. It causes pain and inflammation on the front side of the knee. Usually, this condition will occur when the athlete has growth spurts. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments struggle to keep up during bony growth spurts.

Due to high activity and growth spurts, the quadricep muscles can become tight. When the quadricep muscles are overly tight, this will create tension through the patella tendon and onto the growth center, causing pain and inflammation.

If severe enough, sometimes rest is advised. However, it is commonly a condition that an athlete can play through most of the time, especially with proper treatment. 

We often have excellent results treating Osgood Schlatter’s.

Our first goal is to reduce tension and tightness of the quadriceps musculature to take stress off the tibial tuberosity. We achieve this with soft-tissue release and dry needling. We also teach the athlete specific stretches to perform before and after practice and at home to help speed up the healing process.

Hip stability is also important, as hip activation can take tension off the quadriceps musculature. Our Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) rehab protocols are great for improving this.