THE CANADIAN PRESS
Sidney Crosby’s recovery is back in the hands of Canadian-born chiropractor Ted Carrick.
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Monday that their captain will meet with Carrick this week. Crosby was treated by the father of chiropractic neurology in August and credited him with helping accelerate his return from a concussion earlier this season.
Crosby last played for the Penguins on Dec. 5, when his concussion symptoms returned.
"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 general manager Ray Shero. "Obviously he won’t be back in the lineup until he is symptom-free."
Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, noted that Carrick specializes in helping the "vestibular system" — which contributes to balance and spatial awareness.
That continues to be a problematic area for Crosby. He accompanied the Penguins on a three-game road trip last week and skated twice in Florida, telling reporters afterwards that he continues to deal with issues related to motion.
"The motion stuff has kind of been the issue, both the time before and now going through it for a bit now," Crosby said Friday. "The good thing is that I have a pretty good handle on it, and I’m always able to (treat) that. That was a big help in August when I went to Atlanta (to see Carrick).
"So I know I can handle that if I need to and if it comes to that."
The Toronto-born Carrick practises in Florida and Georgia, and founded the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies to teach his method of treating brain injuries. Viewed by some medical professionals as unorthodox, Carrick’s holistic approach has gained notoriety through his work with Crosby, which was documented on CBC’s "Hockey Night in Canada" and in a lengthy MacLean’s feature.