Sports injuries can happen with any athletic activity, from running to contact sports. Rougher sports, such as football, are typically associated with more serious injuries, such as torn ligaments and broken bones. Sports that require jumping, making sudden turns or doing repetitive arm movements, such as basketball, volleyball, and tennis, can cause muscle tears, tendon inflammation, and other injuries. These injuries can be mild and keep you from participating for a few weeks, or they can be serious ones that affect whether or not you can continue participating in sports. Common types of sports injuries include ankle sprains, hamstring strains, knee injuries, tennis elbow and shin splints.
Your risk of sports injuries increases with certain factors. When you don’t take time to warm up with stretches before playing, you have a higher risk of having a soft tissue injury. When you play rough contact sports, you have a higher chance of sustaining more serious injuries. Not wearing protective equipment and gear or having faulty equipment and gear can also raise your risk of sports injuries.
Typical treatment methods for sports injuries include resting the injured area if necessary, limiting physical activity, taking over-the-counter pain medications and applying heat or ice to the affected area. When these types of treatments do not work, chiropractic care can be an effective alternative. Chiropractic services for sports injuries focus on correcting misalignments in the spinal discs. Problems with these discs, such as damage or too much pressure from nearby structures, can result in pain and other symptoms.
Our chiropractors at Health First Injury & Pain Clinics perform spinal adjustments that ease pressure on affected spinal discs, which can help relieve pain from sports injuries. These adjustments ensure that your whole spine is realigned the proper way to help your injury heal and to lower your risk of having recurring symptoms or chronic pain. To reduce this risk even more, we offer physical therapy and nutritional counseling. Physical therapy keeps the muscles in the injured area strong and helps restore your regular range of motion if your injury has restricted it. Nutritional counseling provides you with information on what to eat and which foods to avoid to help you stay at a healthy weight.
Chiropractic care can provide relief for a wide range of sports injuries. Whether you have a mild sprain in your lower back or a more serious shoulder or knee injury, chiropractic adjustments can ensure that your spine is in the correct position, which relieves pain by easing tension in the affected part of your body. Some of the sports injuries that chiropractic care can treat include sprains, strains, tendinitis, herniated discs and other spinal problems. Our chiropractors can also treat recurring headaches that are associated with sports injuries. With chiropractic adjustments and other treatments from our team at Health First Injury & Pain Centers, you can expect your sports injury symptoms to ease as your body heals.