Sports Injury Treatment
Sports Injuries Can Be Sudden
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.
Caring for Your Sports Injury
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
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.
- Cartilage tears
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.
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.
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
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
Diagnostic imaging in order to pinpoint the source of the injury
Physical therapy to strengthen weakened muscles and promote healthy movement with good form
Treatment That Evolves with Your Needs
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.