Sports Injury Treatment

A sports injury doesn’t have to get you out of the game forever. Work with a chiropractor who can give you the tools you need to get back on the field.

Sports Injuries Can Be Sudden

Sports injuries are an unpleasant and unwelcome reality for athletes of all levels and backgrounds. They can range from mild sprains that have you back on the court in a couple of weeks to career-changing injuries that require months of dedicated work to recover from.

No matter the injury, it’s undeniable that chiropractors–and countless other healthcare professionals–have dedicated a great deal of time and resources to both treat and prevent sports injuries.

Whether you’re looking to treat a recent injury, are tired of dealing with chronic pain from an injury, or are simply looking to prevent an injury from affecting your athletic pursuits, you can benefit greatly from chiropractic care.

Acute vs. Chronic

Before diving into the many kinds of sports injuries that there are out there, it’s important to understand the difference between acute and chronic pain–and how both play significant roles in the realm of sports injuries.

Acute Pain

Acute pain happens suddenly, often as a direct result of a specific injury. It’s what you’d feel in the immediate aftermath of a sports injury.

Chronic pain

Chronic pain is either constant or recurring over time, and it can occur as a result of a specific injury that wasn’t properly treated or healed.
It’s common for acute pain caused by injuries to become chronic–or for seemingly harmless injuries to manifest themselves through chronic pain down the line if improperly treated.

Caring for Your Sports Injury

If you experience a sports injury, the best thing you can do is seek medical care regardless of its perceived severity. It’s not unusual for injuries that seem like nothing to devolve into seriously painful ailments without proper treatment or care.

The best way to prevent yourself from suffering from chronic pain, serious mobility limitations, and further injury is to seek rapid and thorough treatment for your sports injury.

Types of Sports Injuries

There are countless potential injuries that athletes can experience while performing their chosen sports, and they range from relatively harmless to potentially life-threatening (or altogether fatal).

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common sports injuries that are addressed through chiropractic treatment:

Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains occur when muscles (strains) or ligaments (strains) are made to move in ways that they shouldn’t.

These injuries–which are among the most common among athletes of every level–are often dismissed as “no big deal.” A lot of the time, they can be a big deal.

When healed improperly, strains and sprains can be painful and dangerous. They can lead to weakened joints, poor physical alignment, and increase a person’s risk of further injury.

As chiropractors, it’s common for us to see considerable issues, like misalignment, stunted mobility, and serious injury that stem from a relatively minor root cause, like a sprain or a strain. Always seek medical attention for an injury, even if it’s minor.

If you’re still experiencing pain from a sprain or strain after a couple of weeks, see a professional to help you get to the bottom of it.

Knee Injuries

Knees can take the brunt of the impact and wear during physical activity, which is why knee injuries are so common among athletes (in fact, 41% of all sports industries are knee injuries). “Injury” is a broad term that can encompass a variety of issues, including:

  • Fractures
  • Cartilage tears
  • Dislocations

Regardless of the nature of a knee injury, medical care is absolutely essential to its effective treatment–and so is some kind of therapeutic care.

Knees are arguably the most complicated joints in the body. Effectively treating a knee injury doesn’t just mean getting back out into playing your sport of choice; it means protecting your ankles, calves, and hips, too.

Shoulder Injuries

Another common risk that comes with the territory of being an athlete is the possibility of experiencing a shoulder injury–especially among football, tennis, and basketball players.

Like the knee, the shoulder is an important joint that sees a great deal of wear and tear among athletes. Shoulders are also highly susceptible to fractures, cartilage tears, and dislocations.

Healing shoulder injuries means preventing excess strain from being put on other parts of the arm, including the elbow and the wrist.

Back Injuries

Back injuries are among the most featured injuries among athletes, and for good reason. Spinal injuries can impact not only a person’s ability to keep playing their preferred sport, but to keep their mobility in general.

Virtually every sport will present some level of stress to the spine. Spinal injuries can either result from acute injuries or impact, or they can manifest due to chronic stress over time.

Spinal injuries, stiffness, and pain are among the most common complaints among chiropractic patients, and a variety of treatments can be applied to alleviate these symptoms, including:

  • Spinal decompression, which is done to alleviate pressure from the spine that may be causing herniated or bulging discs.
  • Manual manipulation to promote healthy alignment between the spine, hips, neck, and other parts of the body.
  • Physical therapy to build strength in the back muscles, reduce pressure on the spine, and establish healthy posture and mobility.

Chronic Wear and Tear

Perhaps one of the least talked about kinds of sports injuries is also one of the most treacherous: the injury that happens slowly and quietly over time as a result of chronic wear and tear.

It’s no secret that athletes place their bodies under a great deal of stress. Even the most careful athletes can often ask a lot of their muscles, joints, skeletal systems, and ligaments. Over the years–especially among dedicated or professional athletes–these demands can begin to wear on the body.

Chronic Wear and Tear Symptoms

Symptoms can develop so subtly that they may not be felt until they are severe. From tendonitis to stiffness, muscular spasms, or unrelenting pain, athletes can often experience notable discomfort over the years.

Symptoms that develop over time don’t have to stay in place. With the help of a dedicated and skilled professional, athletes can achieve both relief from pain and recovery from mobility limitations caused by chronic wear and tear.

Where Chiropractic Care Comes In

Chiropractic care focuses on the body’s skeletal, neurological, and muscular systems. It intends to promote healthy alignment between the different parts of the body, alleviating undue strain and promoting healthy habits in order to improve mobility and achieve pain relief. This is done through a variety of approaches, including:

Treatment That Evolves with Your Needs

Sports Injury Treatment That Evolves with Your Needs
At Essential ChiroCare, we have the skills and experience that it takes to treat athletes of all levels. As the official chiropractors for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rowdies, we have years of hands-on experience treating athletes at the highest level.

We leverage our skills and experience to help our patients achieve relief from pain, improve mobility, and get back to playing the sports they love.

We work with each patient to devise a tailored treatment plan that is targeted to their pain points, lifestyle, and goals, then we dedicate our skills to helping drive sustainable improvement and relief.

Schedule Your Consultation

Whether your pain and discomfort is longstanding or new, we are a Tampa chiropractor who will work with you to get to its root cause so that you don’t just feel well, but are well. Set up a consultation with us to get started.