Penguins captain Crosby will meet with chiropractor again
Sidney Crosby watched the Penguins win two straight games and then stayed in Florida to visit Ted Carrick, the chiropractor who he believes was influential in his return from a concussion last year.
The Penguins and Crosby hope Carrick can work his magic again.
Crosby, who is suffering from balance and motion problems after dealing with concussion-like symptoms for the past six weeks, will remain in Florida for most of this week to work with Carrick.
"I honestly think this is good news," Penguins general manager Ray Shero said Monday night. "Sid has really responded to him."
The Penguins organization has responded well to Carrick, too.
Carrick is not affiliated with the Penguins or with the UPMC group of concussion experts who have treated Crosby for more than a year, but Shero is comfortable letting the chiropractor handle the Penguins' greatest asset.
Shero and Carrick, a Winnipeg native and hockey lover, had dinner in September.
"I liked him," Shero said. "I thought he was very engaging, very worldly. We are comfortable with him. It's no different than when someone goes to Birmingham to see Dr. (James) Andrews. Sometimes we encourage people to go see different people. Him not being affiliated with us is not an issue."
Crosby spoke with the media last Friday in Sunrise, Fla., after skating for 30 minutes. He also skated for almost an hour the following day in Tampa.
Crosby said that he would prefer to resolve his concussion issues on his own, but "if need be," he would consult Carrick again.
Two skating sessions apparently made it clear in Crosby's mind that meeting with Carrick could help. Crosby's headaches have largely subsided, but he sometimes has balance issues while skating.
"I think it really helped Sidney last summer when he saw Dr. Carrick," Shero said. "It really put him in the right direction. So this is another step for him."
Carrick uses unorthodox machinery to aid his patients. In August, while Crosby spent a week with him in Atlanta, Carrick strapped Crosby into a computerized, rotating chair that spun him around "like a merry-go-round," according to Sports Illustrated.
One month later, Crosby was cleared to skate with his teammates and was cleared for contact on Oct. 13. He returned to action on Nov. 21 and produced 12 points in eight games before leaving the Penguins again because of more concussion symptoms.
Dr. Chip Burke, the Penguins' team physician, is the only person who can medically clear Crosby to return to action.
Crosby has been observed for more than a year by Burke and Michael Collins, a clinical psychologist who heads the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program.
"Dr. Carrick will be in contact with Dr. Burke and Dr. Collins," Shero said.
Although it remains unknown if Crosby will play again this season, his intention is clearly to be ready for action before the playoffs. Shero hasn't had the opportunity to see his team healthy this season, making his decisions before the Feb. 28 trade deadline difficult.
"Hopefully no trades are needed," Shero said. "If everyone gets healthy, maybe that will be the case."
Shero said that the team's four prized prospects — defensemen Joe Morrow, Simon Despres and Scott Harrington and winger Beau Bennett — will not be part of any trade.
"Ideally no one gets traded and Sidney is able to play," Shero said. "I like this team a lot."