Most of us equate being fit and active with being healthy. Unfortunately, a sports injury can have you going from being in the best shape of your life to experiencing the worst pain of your life in the blink of an eye! It’s important to know that you shouldn’t have to suffer from a sports injury that takes you out of the game of life. We invite you to explore chiropractic care for sports injuries. Here’s a look at the three goals of chiropractic care for sports injuries:
- Improve and restore range of motion.
- Minimize your recovery/healing time.
- Enhance and maximize your athletic performance.
Chiropractic care can be effective at treating many common sports injuries without the need for things like complicated surgeries or pain medications. It’s true that it’s never too late to seek out chiropractic care for a lingering sports injury that was never given the opportunity to heal properly. However, many athletes actually use ongoing, proactive chiropractic care as part of their overall plans for optimal performance.
What Types of Sports Injuries Can Chiropractic Care Treat?
You’ve probably heard friends, family members, and neighbors sing the praises of chiropractic care for things like neck and back pain. However, chiropractic care can actually go much further to target very specific injuries. Let’s explore the common sports injuries that cause patients to seek chiropractic care.
Anyone who has done any type of repetitive movement using the legs understands what knee pain is all about. Persistent pain, stiffness, and weakness can make it difficult to do prolonged activities that keep you on your feet. What’s more, even sitting for long periods can be excruciating if you have a knee injury because keeping your knees in a bent position can exacerbate the issue. Knee injuries are common among runners, soccer players, and football players.
Shoulder injuries can be particularly menacing because pain often radiates to the neck and back. The “tense” feeling created by a shoulder injury can also cause dizziness and headaches. We often see shoulder injuries in golfers because of a tendency to stay in a “stooping” position while playing. Basketball and volleyball players are also prone to shoulder injuries. Of course, any sport that involves the potential for collision or impact can do a number on the shoulders.
Muscle, Tendon, and Tissue Injuries
Muscle pain and strain are very common among people who are or were athletes. A chiropractor is able to address muscle issues throughout the body. Here’s a look at what we treat:
- Muscle strains.
- Pulled muscles.
- Achilles tendinitis.
- Shin splints.
- Tennis elbow.
Many patients are confused about why they might still be experiencing pain or lack of mobility years after playing a sport or suffering from a specific sports injury. The reason is that many former and current athletes are walking around with built-up scar tissue in their bodies. Breaking up that scar tissue using therapeutic techniques can get you on the fast track to pain relief and healing. At our office, we implement a number of hands-on therapies, massaging techniques, and technologies that are designed to break up both newly developed and lingering scar tissue.
Unfortunately, most athletes are told that there’s no comprehensive way to treat a sprain other than allowing time to pass. Most people aren’t aware that a sprain has failed to heal properly until they’re told that they require surgery months or years after the sprain occurred. We have specific techniques that are designed to reduce pain and increase mobility following a sprain.
Back and Hip Injuries
No, walking with a limp for years after you’ve exited a sport should not be considered acceptable. However, many people are walking around in pain from old sports injuries because they assume that this is simply the way things go! People who have done a fair bit of running and cycling are at particular risk for hip and lower-back injuries. In addition, these injuries can develop progressively over time due to activity from nearly any type of sport that requires fast, repetitive movements.
What Types of Methods Are Used to Treat Sports Injuries?
The chiropractic approach is much different from any theory that simply wants to put a bandage on an injury. This is a holistic, healing-oriented approach that seeks to correct the root of the problem in collaboration with the body’s natural function. At our office, we’ll examine areas like your back, joints, tendons, and extremities to look for telltale signs of injury. Most of our techniques utilize the practices of spinal manipulation and mobilization to correct injuries. Our treatments are typically focused on these three goals:
- Reduce inflammation.
- Promote joint function.
- Stop or neutralize the pain.
Your specific treatment will depend on the nature and location of your sports injury. However, most treatments involve stretches that release the pressure that is built up inside your joints. Our office is also equipped with cutting-edge tools that enable us to bring about relief by applying things like heat, ice, and electric stimulation.
Many of our clients are active athletes who are looking for ways to prevent injuries from happening in the first place. We also recommend seeking chiropractic services if you are about to begin a sport or exercise routine. We can evaluate you to help you get an understanding of the ways your body could be impacted by the activity you are about to partake in. This can be an invaluable tool for learning how to adjust your movements properly. You can also learn how to take the right pre-workout and post-workout steps to promote healing and recuperation.
One of the ways that chiropractic alignment can help with injury reduction and sports performance is through correcting asymmetries that you may not be aware of within your body. If you have legs or arms that are uneven, your body has to compensate to account for the discrepancy. Getting your body properly adjusted will reduce your chances of suffering from an injury due to misuse or overexertion.
Are You Looking for a Sports Chiropractor?
Being an athlete or active person shouldn’t have to mean that you simply accept the aches, pains, and injuries that go along with this lifestyle. Being smart about taking care of your joints and muscles can make all the difference. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our office if you’re looking for chiropractic care to treat a sports injury. We can help you book a consultation with a chiropractor as soon as possible!