Sports injury diagnosis and management is one of my serious passions. Playing sport has been an integral part of my life. As a child who could run fast and fear no speed my growing up years were filled with nothing short of four seasonal sports including rugby union, soccer, athletics and swimming. Hobby sports that I also participated in on a regular basis included downhill skiing, water skiing, surfing, motorcross, cricket, basketball, skate boarding, tennis and BMX.
The love playing and doing high velocity sport brought with them all of the common injuries associated with these activities. Examples include muscle tears, ligament sprains, bone fractures and strains.
By the time I was 18 my body was riddled with pains and recurring injuries so much so that I had to take time off most of my favourite sports because of intensifying pains and increasingly frequent occurrences. These continued for 8 years.
I needed to find a solution that was going to enable me to continue my passions.
To cut a long story short, it was during my study of chiropractic over 5 years in my early twenties that hope started to return. Some of my recurring aches and pains were actually diagnosed and cured and allowed me to return to my activities.
After graduating from my masters before I took my acquired chiropractic knowledge and put all of this healing information and ability into fixing all of my other injuries and symptoms. I cured all of my sports problems have enjoyed 15 great years doing nearly all of the ports I had done as a child.
Now at 40 years of age I don't plan on slowing down at all. I feel as if I'm just getting started but now have all the wisdom I didn't have as a younger man.
I have been in practice for 15 years and have taught sporting diagnoses and management at 5th year level masters of chiropractic at Macquarie University.
There are no sporting injuries I haven't seen or managed. Of the sporting injuries I have dealt with I could say all of them have had a positive result.
Deal with your aches and pains that hurt with body movement. They are not normal feelings and should never be accepted as something you just have to live with for the rest of your life. Come and ask for assistance. The sooner you do, the sooner you'll be back at your best.
Dr Benjamin Holtsbaum, BSc, M.Chiro