Professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts know better than anyone the power of having a body that is limber, strong and resistant to injuries. That being said, even the most gifted athletes get the occasional sprain, strain or pulled muscle. The injuries could also be more serious, such as a broken bone or a dislocated joint. Chiropractic adjustments along with other treatment options such as massage or physical therapy will be instrumental in not only preventing injuries but helping you to recover quickly after an injury has already occurred.
Common Sports Injuries
The demands placed on your body during any sport or athletic event are enormous. From running and jumping to tackling and swimming the process of pushing your body to the limits of what it can do is enthralling for people to watch, but if you haven’t stretched or properly warmed up you’re leaving yourself open to a number of different injuries.
Sprains and Strained Muscles
Most common and painful injury
Even athletes who are warmed up and well accustomed to a certain activity can find themselves on the ground with a painful sprain. The most serious cases involve a muscle or ligament tearing, but the vast majority of cases are just a result of over-extending during athletic activity. The most common signs of a sprain or strain will be swelling and bruising along with sharp pain around the affected area.
Usually the result of improper landing or unexpected twist
The knees are a part of virtually every movement in sports as well as in daily life. Injuring one or both knees can be extremely painful, debilitating, and require months of physical therapy to restore full usage. The most common knee injuries are sudden and generally happen as a result of an improper landing, or an unexpected twist. Common injuries will result in bruised cartilage, and will usually clear up if the knee is properly iced and rested. More serious cases may require surgery and physical therapy.
Occurs with excessive repetitive motion
This condition almost always occurs because of overuse or excessive repetitive motion. As you may have already guessed, Tendinosis is named because it affects the tendons in the problem area and results in painful inflammation. There are other terms for Tendinosis based on the sporting activity responsible such as ‘tennis elbow’ or other athletic activities that require repetitive and process moving from a focused area of the body. Rest and physical therapy along with adjustments to your technique will clear up most cases, but some may require surgery.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help?
We can develop a chiropractic care that will help you realign the affected and retrain your body to move
Chiropractic adjustments will help you on two fronts, the first being a preventive measure that will help protect you from injuries in the future, and the second being an alternative to surgery for old or undiagnosed sports injuries. If a sports injury was improperly treated at the time it occurred, or it’s a chronic pain you have learned to live with over the years than it may be time to consider developing a chiropractic care plan with our team at LifeGiving Chiropractic. Chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy will realign the affected areas and retrain your body to move and function in an optimum way. Repeated treatments may even be able to reduce the spread of scar tissue and bring the injured area back up to a level of performance you previously thought impossible.
GET YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Do you have question? Check out some of our frequently asked questions about sports injuries
Can a chiropractor help with a torn muscle?
While the best treatment for a pulled muscle is generally the Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE) technique. A chiropractor can often times speed up the healing process by performing a physical exam to determine the best course of action. Many times this involves a manual adjustment and light massage to increase the blood flow to that area.
Does massage help muscle strain?
Massage therapy has been used to help treat ailments like this for decades. A skilled massage therapist knows how to increase the blood flow to the specific area of the body. It is generally believed that massaging a pulled muscle promotes the release of pain-relieving hormones like endorphins, easing the discomfort of a pulled muscle and similar injuries.
Can a chiropractor help with knee injury?
Yes, a chiropractor can help put you on the right path when it comes to healing an injured knee. They can also help you figure out what could have contributed to the injury in the first place. For example, maybe you walk more to the left and put additional strain on your left hip which left your knee lacking the strength it needed to perform the task.
By fully understanding how your personal alignment and how any misalignment is leaving portions of your body vulnerable to injury you can not only heal current injuries but prevent them from happening in the future.
What is the most painful muscle to tear?
While this question can be different to just about anyone. Most of the time it feels as though whatever muscle strain you are experiencing right now is the most painful. According to many professional football players, the most painful muscles to strain, tear or injure in any way are the: high ankle sprains, quadruple knee-ligament injuries, ruptured achilleas, and many others
Why do athletes go to chiropractors?
Athletes are hard on their bodies, during physically intense training and on the field. This can create problems with spinal alignment and movement. Because they put more demands on their body than the average person, they can easily become injured, stiff and get stiffness in their joints. A chiropractor can improve range of motion, can shorten healing time, allows for reduced pain, need prescription drugs for pain, and gives them a non-invasive treatment option.
Chiropractors can also evaluate the dietary needs that each individual athlete will need based on their training regimen and fitness goals.