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Crosby to see chiropractic neurology specialist

Jan 16, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

FILE: Crosby Out Indefinitely With Concussion Getty Images

According to the Pittsburgh Penguins website, team captain Sidney Crosby will meet this week with chiropractic neurologist Dr. Ted Carrick.

Crosby first sought out Dr. Carrick back in August while recovering from his initial concussion. Carrick — the founding father of “chiropractic neurology” at Atlanta’s Life University — uses somewhat unconventional methods in the treatment of concussions, especially with regards to balance and motion, two areas Crosby said he was having issues with during an interview on Friday.

Here’s a snippet from a MacLean’s magazine profile of Carrick:

The method used by Carrick and his colleagues is notably different from the current “rest and wait” approach endorsed by an international consensus group, which recommends patients refrain from any physical or mental activities until all symptoms have disappeared. Then they slowly reintroduce activity, but if symptoms resume, they revert to the “rest” stage again.

Carrick encourages his patients to rest immediately after the injury occurs, but then incorporates stimulation into the treatment, based on a “thorough neurological exam” that pinpoints their particular problems or symptoms as well as what brain functions are most viable. The stimulations might include eye or balance exercises, multi-tasking activities or body rotations. “We tailor our treatments very specifically to the individual,” says Carrick. “When we have an area that’s not working right, we look at other areas that can compensate for that if we need to, or we look at mechanisms to make those areas work right.”

Crosby joined the Penguins in Washington last week and traveled with the team to Florida, but did not return with the team to Pittsburgh — instead, Crosby  opted to meet with Carrick, who has practices in Florida and Georgia.

“Sidney has made a lot of progress but he is still having some symptoms, so this is the next step in his recovery,” said Penguins GM Ray Shero. “Obviously he won’t be back in the lineup until he is symptom-free.”

For more on Dr. Carrick and his methodology, check out this Inside Hockey profile from CBC Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman.

  1. yyyass - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    It’s probably just that massive amount of hair on his lip throwing off his equilibrium. He just needs a barber and about 10 seconds.

  2. yyyass - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    And BTW, a one-minute Google search of the Carrick guy confirms exactly what I thought – a chiropractor by any other name is still just a chiropractor. I can’t believe a wealthy athlete buys in to this stuff. Why not just go to a Board Certified neurologist MD if the problem is that severe?

    • bcjim - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Agree. Desperate I suppose.

  3. nbangor - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    This is embarrassing for Sid and the NHL. Carrick is a quack and a psuedo-scientist. Next thing you know Pierre-Marc Bouchard is going to be seeing the country’s leading homeopathist, or James Van Riemsdyk will be bloodletting to balance his four humors. Pathetic

    • bennyanddajets - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      Really a quack huh? I can’t believe people post stuff like this when they have no education in the matter. You obviously don’t know anything about the nervous system and what chiropractors even do. Maybe you should do some research before you post a comment and make yourself sound like an uneducated human being.

      • nbangor - Jan 16, 2012 at 6:19 PM

        Are you familiar with my education? No. Is there any proof that you have any education on this subject? No. Lol that was easy…..

        haha im the one that should do research?!?! have you looked into this guy at all? My guess is no… either that or you are a practicing chiropractor or a chiro-apologist.

        Use your critical thinking skills if you have them….

        If there isnt research to back something up, it is PSUEDO-SCIENCE

      • nbangor - Jan 16, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        You buying into this without any proof makes you look like a dope and a gullible human being.

        Hey Benny…. I’ve got some snake oil you might be interested in for a great price! lol

      • nbangor - Jan 16, 2012 at 6:30 PM

        Ok so as suggested by Benny Ive done the research for everyone. Read this article by the Director of Neurology at Yale University, then come back and apologize

        http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/chiropractic-neurology/

      • bennyanddajets - Jan 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM

        1) I did read the article and there are some flaws in it.
        2) Read the whole article not the 1 quote the guy took out of it. http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/11/03/rebuilding-crosbys-brain/

        3)After you read it, there is one important line in the article “Even medical professionals such as neurologist Kevin Gordon acknowledge that Crosby’s recent progress has been promising. “You’re dealing with a remarkable case report that says this holistic approach with multiple interventions has made somebody with a severe concussion improve on a time course which would seem remarkable compared to how they were recovering before”

        4) PS my degree says I am education in the subject.

      • nbangor - Jan 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        Haha i like “I am education” when you are talking about your degree. What’s your degree in? chiropractic? so it’s not a medical degree is it?

        care to point out any of the “flaws” you mention in Dr. Novella’s article?

        and your quote from Mr Gordon is such a classic case of “post hoc ergo propter hoc” logical fallicy…not to mention that I dont believe Crosby is recovering quickly at all, in fact he is doing terribly, so what is Gordon talking about?

        You can do better than that Benny

  4. Tom G - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    I’ll say it Crosbys done.He cannot shake these concussion symptoms and forget hockey he very well could be risking his life if he continues to play.Hes an excellent player but after a full year of symptoms something’s not right.

  5. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 16, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    anyone else sick of the word symptoms?

  6. alpha13336 - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    So all of the bloggers here bashing Carrick have first hand knowledge of the conditons of Crosby and the other patients he’s seen? You have actual patient history and data of the physical exam of each patient? Physical history and patient information on treatment and protocols? Of course not…So how in the WORLD can you speculate on the treatment and outcomes of these patients? Absurd is being kind…Oh and by the way…Check out Olympic Gold Medalist Dara Torres’ recent comments on Twitter praising Dr. Carrick for curing her vestibular problems…Oh wait that would be a placebo effect again, right? Ridulous how threatened people seem to be of this man and his work…

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