During sports, you can put an unusual amount of strain on your body. Body contact and fast starts and stops may cause painful sprains, tears, and strains. Whether your injuries occur at a professional or an amateur level, they may make it hard to play again. Chiropractors have the training to deal with a wide range of sports injuries, from Achilles tendon injuries, thigh strains, tennis elbow to back or shoulder sprain.
They will assess your injury before treatment and decide on the best course of action. Chiropractic care will help you get back on your feet faster. They will also help you identify and deal with bad habits you may have that cause injury. So, what are some common types of sports injuries that chiropractors treat?
Achilles Tendon Injuries
The Achilles tendon extends from the heel to the calf muscle. It tears or stretches when you overuse it during sports activities. People who are regular runners are top on the list of those who suffer from these injuries.
Chiropractic care will help you avoid these kinds of injuries. Your chiropractor will teach you how to stretch and warm up before getting into your activity. Do not overwork your Achilles tendon or you will have to deal with inflammation and pain. The inflammation happens at the point where it attaches to the heel.
These happen when bones that form a joint separate. They are common in high-impact and contact sports. Dislocations cause intense pain and damage nerves. The joint needs resetting and where necessary, you may need to wear a sling. The sling immobilizes the joint until the swelling subsides.
Chiropractic care will help restore the strength in the joint. It also increases its range of motion. It will help you make sure you do not injure the joint again.
Sprains And Strains
Sprains and strains occur in joints. They happen when ligaments that connect bones stretch too far and tear. The injuries are common in wrists and ankles. They cause pain, swelling, and spasms. When inflammation sets in, it causes temporary immobility in the muscles.
Chiropractic care helps align the muscles and reduce inflammation. The ligaments heal, and the chiropractor helps strengthen them. They can also help increase their range of mobility so you do not injure them again.
Swollen muscles cause the fascia to fill up with fluid. The fascia is a tough membrane that does not expand. The swelling puts blood vessels and nerves under pressure and may cause damage to your muscles. The chiropractor will assess the extent of your injury and recommend treatment.
In most cases, treatment is in the form of massage, dry needling, and specific manipulations. All these techniques aim at managing pain and reducing the pressure in the muscle.
The condition causes back pain that spreads down your legs to your feet. It causes tingling, burning, or numbness. It is common in sportspersons whose activities require trunk rotation or bending forward for long. Treatment options include spinal manipulation, massage, and physical therapy.
For more on the common types of sports injuries you can treat with chiropractic care, contact Oropeza Chiropractic Wellness Center at our office in Key West, Florida. You can also call (305) 440-1614 to book an appointment today.