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."
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins’ Scuderi offers honest assessment of his 2013-14 performance
- Now healthy, Penguins’ Bennett eyes bigger role
- Penguins backup goaltender Zatkoff eyes new challenge with team