Treating and Preventing Sports Injuries with Chiropractic Therapy
Anyone who participates in a regular sport or physical activity knows that the body can take on a great deal of stress. Between practices, scrimmages and games, it’s no wonder people often suffer from chronic aches and pains.
The goal of most Chiropractic therapy is to improve joint function while alleviating joint inflammation and decreasing pain. This type of therapy is most widely known for treating back and neck injuries but can also help to ease pain in the joints and muscles.
Chiropractic therapy can help with a wide variety of sports-related injuries such as, sprains, strains, tendonitis, and more. This type of therapy will also help improve range of motion, cut recovery time, and maximize athletic performance.
People often suffer sports injuries because of intense impacts, repetitive motions or not properly warming up. Chiropractic therapy can help by relieving the pain and helping the injuries heal faster.
Here are 5 common sports injuries, and how Chiropractic therapy can help:
1. Shin Splints
The term “shin splints” refers to a pain on the front of the lower part of your leg at the shin bone. The pain is usually concentrated between the knee and the ankle. People who engage in moderate to heavy physical activities or start-and-stop sports such as jogging, soccer, tennis or basketball are more prone to getting shin splints.
Walking long distances, jumping rope or even chasing after your children in the park can all cause tightness and burning in the shins which indicates the occurrence of shin splints.
Shin splints can affect people in different ways. For some the pain diminishes when they stop the activity. For others, this pain can become a chronic condition resulting in an unremitting pain.
Chiropractic treatment for shin splints includes therapy for the ankle, calf and foot.
2. Knee Injuries
Runners often experience “runners’ knee” which is tenderness near your knee cap or pain on one or both sides of your knee. There are four major support ligaments in the knee that are often damaged by sports activity. Knee injuries are often caused by not warming up, running too hard or twisting your knee.
Most knee pain is due to muscle inequities and misalignment around the hip, knee, and ankle joints. Chiropractic adjustments of the hips and spine can help to move the joints back into the proper alignment. This can ease joint stress, decrease inflammation, and expediate healing of the joint.
3. Sprains and Strains
Strains happen when there is a torn tendon or muscle. Tendons are what connect the muscle to the bone. When stretched too far, a strain occurs. The most common strains happen in the hamstrings or back.
When a ligament is torn, a sprain happens. Ligaments connect bones, so sprains and strains will occur in the joints. The most common sprains happen in the wrists and ankles.
Chiropractic care for these injuries can often provide relief to the discomfort felt by a strained or sprained muscle. When muscles are unable to receive proper in-and-out blood flow the healing process can be delayed and often not as effective in clearing out any inflammation.
High-impact and contact sports can cause a dislocation, which is when the bones that form a joint separate. If a dislocation occurs, you may feel intense pain and nerves may also be damaged. The most common dislocation is in the shoulder.
A Chiropractor can move the shoulder joint back into position and rehabilitate it with treatments such as electrotherapy, ultrasound, laser therapy, active exercises and hot/cold therapy.
A stress fracture can happen when participating in a sports activity with repetitive impact. A bone may splinter or break due to repeated stress over time. The pain of a stress fracture will worsen when bearing weight on the fractured area.
People who take part in sports with repetitive impact on the feet, like gymnastics or tennis, are most likely to experience a stress fracture. Most of these types of fractures occur in the feet and leg bones.
A Chiropractor will address any issues of postural support, recommend activity modifications and assist with strengthening and conditioning exercises for faster recovery.
A Word On Chiropractic Therapy and Athletics
Chiropractors are able treat a large variety of sports-related injuries. They are trained to discover the origin of your pain and can treat any part of the muscular-skeletal system, not just the neck and back. Chiropractic therapy can also help prevent sports injuries from happening. Athletes should be evaluated by a chiropractor before beginning any regular sport activity or exercise routine. Apps Chiropractic Therapy and Wellness Center is trusted by Milwaukee professional athletic organizations.
If you or your child is experiencing shin splints, knee pain, sprains, strains or a dislocated joint, Dr. Apps can help!