Sports Chiropractic at Upstate Spine & Sport

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and the effects of these disorders on general health. Our chiropractor in Greenville treats musculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. You do not need a referral to see our Greenville chiropractor.

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by chiropractors is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their motion – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses like poor sitting positions. In either case, injured tissues goes through mechanical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

Sports Chiropractors focus on the relationship between the nerves, muscles and joints of the body and how this correlates with the overall performance of the body. How the spine works can influence the nervous system and in doing so can alter the overall function of the body. Abnormal peripheral joint function – knees, shoulders, elbows, etc, can alter nervous system function and reduce performance.

A good example of what happens when there is reduced motion in a joint is if you were to bend your finger all the way back and hold it. How would your finger feel by the end of day? It would likely hurt. This is exactly what happens to any joint in your body that is not able to function properly. Not only does the joint have a reduction of range of motion causing dysfunction, but the surrounding soft tissue (muscles, ligaments and tendons) do not function properly. That is why the soft tissue therapy is always part of treatment and is important to overall recovery and performance.

At Upstate Spine & Sport, we are specialists in treating athletic injuries with an emphasis on correcting and preventing musculoskeletal injuries and biomechanical imbalances. Our clinical experience and ongoing active participation in sports give us a unique approach to treating athletes. We treat athletes of all ages and abilities from local beginners and first time participants to high level, world-class athletes. Our expertise covers ALL types of musculoskeletal injuries and pain experienced with everyday life.

Our approach and goals are consistent with every patient:

  • Identify and correct the issue
  • Teach the patient to manage the injury while it heals
  • Create a specific plan to prevent future issues


  • Active Release Technique
  • Functional Movement Screening
  • Titleist Performance
  • Graston / FAKTR
  • Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization
  • Functional Rehab
  • Rocktape

All treatments are personalized for the individual and their specific needs. Since many problems are complex and some need further help from other resources, we work with a network of the best sports medicine healthcare professionals in Greenville. We look forward to helping you reduce pain, move better, and improve performance.

Dr. David Jolson – Greenville Chiropractor & Sports Injury Expert

Dr. Jolson combines principles from extensive training in the medical profession, chiropractic, physical therapy, and sports performance to rapidly resolve sports injuries without drugs or surgery.

Dr. Jolson is unlike any chiropractor in Greenville SC due to his unique training. He interned with his mentor and father, Dr. Scott Jolson, MD, sports medicine shoulder specialist and orthopedic surgery consultant for the Cincinnati Reds. He spent time learning from Dr. Ben Kibler, MD, renowned shoulder and sports injury expert. Additionally, Dr. Jolson trained with Dr. Brett Winchester, chiropractor for the St. Louis Cardinals. Learning from the best has helped Dr. Jolson understand the full spectrum of sports medicine – from surgery and invasive treatments to the best non-surgical options.

Dr. Jolson continues to pursue a growing list of sports certifications, diagnostic tools, and therapy techniques. He has presented injury prevention and biomechanical seminars for local athletic teams and businesses. Dr. Jolson is the official chiropractor for PGA Tour pros and the local Hincapie Racing Team.

Dr. Jolson was a two sport athlete in college and uses his athletic experience in how he approaches patient care. He was captain of his basketball team and an all-conference performer. In his free time, Dr. Jolson enjoys staying active and spending time with his wife and son, Miles.