Athletic and Sports Specific Care
If you are an athlete, you understand the constant demands of running, jumping, and tackling. Projecting your body to these daily activities can result in painful tears, sprains, and strains. Regularly seeing a sports injury chiropractor can relieve your tensions and keep you out on the playing field and even preventing future injuries.
The long hours put into for training professional athletes is often quite fascinating. For example, runners may convoy and train over 200 miles per week; swimmers spend hours, daily in the water, and the act of procurement for special events may require even longer training hours per day. You can imagine how wearing this can be on your joints, ligaments, and muscles.
Athletic or Sports-specific therapy is advanced physical therapy that is targeted to a particular individual for a specific sport to improve their mobility, strength, and/or pain.
We understand the rigors of athletic training and the carefully measured lifestyle of those pushing the envelope. When competition takes its toll, we can help rejuvenate your body and promote healing so that you can get back to the top.
The Most Common Athletic Related Injuries
- ANKLE SPRAIN
This injury usually occurs when the foot turns inward, stretching or tearing the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. To help the flexibility and strength in your ankle and to prevent re-injury it is good to exercise.
- GROIN PULL
A groin pull is also called a groin strain. The groin muscles run from the upper-inner thigh to the inner thigh right above the knee. Groin muscles pull the legs together and are often injured with quick side-to-side movements and/or a lack of flexibility. The injured athlete might notice difficulty with lateral movements, getting in and out of cars, as well as tenderness or bruising in the groin or inner thigh.
- HAMSTRING STRAIN
The hamstring muscle is located on the back of the thigh. Unfortunately, the hamstring muscles can be tight and are susceptible to a strain, which is also called a pulled muscle. Poor stretching techniques or lack of stretching can be the cause of a hamstring tear/strain. Often, an athlete with a hamstring tear will experience bruising in the back of the thigh or the knee. Rest and icing are the common early treatment techniques for a pulled hamstring, followed by gentle stretching and strengthening to prevent another injury.
- SHIN SPLINTS
Athletes with shin splints complain of pain in the lower leg bone, or the tibia. Shin splints are most often found in athletes who are runners or participate in activities with a great deal of running, such as soccer. Athletes typically get shin splints diagnosed early in their season, as they increase activities or mileage too quickly. Shin splints are best prevented and/or treated with rest, icing and gradually increasing running activities. Purchasing shoes with good arch support can also reduce pain in the shins and help with recovery.
- HIP FELXOR STRAIN
Hip flexor strain can occur when the hip flexor muscles are pulled, strained, torn or injured. A range of activities may cause the condition with the chief symptom being sharp pain.
- PATELLOFEMORAL SYNDROME
The majority of sports injuries involve the lower body, particularly knee injuries. One of the most common knee injuries is called patellofemoral syndrome. The patella, or kneecap, should travel in the groove at the end of the femur or thigh bone. Sometimes, a fall onto the knee can cause swelling, leading to a muscle imbalance of the two major muscles that aid in proper tracking of the kneecap in the groove. This muscle imbalance can create more swelling, making the tracking problem even worse. Rest and ice can help with knee injury pain and swelling.
- TENNIS or GOLF SYNDROME
Tennis and golfer’s elbow is usually seen with athletes performing a great deal of gripping activities. It can be labeled as an overuse sports injury, also known as medial or lateral epicondylitis. Due to the repetitive action, the tendons of the forearm can become inflamed and make any wrist or hand motions extremely painful. Often, athletes will complain of a lack of grip strength. Early treatment options for tennis or golf elbow involve rest and icing the inflamed area.
- ACL TEAR or STRAIN
The ACL, anterior cruciate ligament, is one of the major stabilizing ligaments of the knee. The most common cause of sports injuries for an ACL strain is slowing down and trying to cut, pivot or change directions. Ligaments on the inside of the knee are often torn with the ACL injury, making it a devastating event.
Sciatica is back pain that also travels down the back of the leg or even to the feet. This radiating pain can additionally be associated with numbness, burning and tingling down the leg. Sciatica can be seen in athletes who are in a flexed forward posture, such as cyclists, or athletes who perform a great deal of trunk rotation in the swing sports, like golf and tennis. The back pain and radiating pain can be caused by a bulging disc or a pinched nerve. Sometimes, rest, stretching the back and hamstrings and laying on your stomach can help alleviate the symptoms.
The Benefits Of Seeking A Chiropractor For An Athletic Injury
Chiropractors often help the injured areas restore to normal function by using adjustments to return spinal segments back to their normal mobility and by implementing physical therapy to help the supportive tissues and muscles.
Chiropractors treat and can help prevent sports injuries such as sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations, subluxations, and soft tissue drama and more.
They obtain special skills in manually adjusting the spine, assuring the bones are aligned and balanced, which helps suppress pressure in the body. The goal of most chiropractic techniques is to restore or enhance joint function while resolving joint inflammation and reducing pain.
4 Reasons why athletes endure sports-injuries:
- Strong impacts
- Repetitive motions
- Failure to warm up properly
Why Chiropractors Assess Sport-Injuries The Best
Typically, when people hear the term chiropractor, on average people think spine or back injury. However; many sports injuries involve musculoskeletal injuries where the expertise of a chiropractor is almost a must.
Keep in mind the majority of chiropractors will be dealing with athletes who are at their peak in regards to health and physical conditions. So, fixing the body isn’t the only objection, ultimately regular visits to the chiropractor prevents future injuries, which maximizes the athletes’ performance.
All in all, the chiropractic approach towards an athlete has shown that the injured patient is better served if quickly and competently treated, thereby seeking recovery before irreparable damage is done.