So often we see and hear about professional athletes who suffer traumatic, and sometimes career-ending injuries. However, it's not just the pros who get injured. More often than not, it's the everyday person who sustains injuries while practicing and playing the sports they love. It's the weekend warriors, amateur athletes, and those living active lives that run the risk of getting hurt.
Generally speaking, when you have a proper warm up, a good sense of maintaining form, and you use appropriate equipment, your chances of playing safely are quite high. Yet, injuries can and do still happen when you least expect due to accidents and underlying conditions that might necessitate treatment. And, it's not just adults who get injured. While we often think kids are resilient, nearly two-thirds of adolescent injuries are sports related.
Typically injuries arise from excessive training, inappropriate training methods, or using exercise equipment that your body isn't able to handle. However, structural abnormalities and muscle imbalances or weakness can also lead to injury in the ankles, knees, elbows, shoulder or spine.
Sports injuries are also caused by traumatic force to a joint while in motion causing hyperextension, hyperflexion, or subluxations. These types of injuries can cause significant pain and debilitation, keeping you away from the sports you enjoy. Chiropractors can help prevent and manage sports-related injuries.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sports Injuries
Chiropractors are trained to assess, diagnose and manage sports-related injuries as part of their core competencies. In fact, through a comprehensive history and physical examination, chiropractors can help determine the cause of pain and dysfunction as well as recommend an appropriate plan of management. Conservative care offered by chiropractors, dependent on the injury and mechanism, may include joint manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue therapies, adjunct modalities, rehabilitation, and individualized exercises and lifestyle advice. This care approach aims at restoring proper function, enhancing the healing of damaged tissue, and reducing your pain. Chiropractors can also help you to determine the best strategy for returning to play so you don't end up getting injured again.
Preventing Sports Injuries
Injury prevention is key. Before starting a new exercise program or sport, visit your chiropractor to determine what measures can be taken to prevent injury or enhance performance. If you have subluxations or imbalances, getting these corrected will help your success in the sports you love.
If you're an athlete, we'd love to help keep you on the field, track, ice, in the pool, on your bike, etc. Please give our office a call today. 541-343-5633
It's just how it works — you get hurt, but relief is not there when you need it. Whether it's a sprain or sore muscles from a workout, locating an ice pack so you can apply it quickly can be a challenge if you're not at home. That's where Biofreeze can be of help — it's a pain relieving analgesic that provides the same effect as ice, in a convenient, portable form.
Biofreeze is useful for treating not only sprains and sore muscles, but also arthritis and other types of joint pain. It comes in gel, spray or roll-on form, and is a type of cryotherapy (cold therapy). Its active ingredient is menthol (from the mint family of plants), which causes your brain to interpret the nerve signals being sent as a sensation of cold, triggering a reduction in inflammation.
The cold therapy of Biofreeze works by causing ligand molecules to attach themselves to your nerve’s cold receptors, which effectively helps to numb the area, interfering with pain signals traveling to the brain. The menthol in Biofreeze also induces vasodilation, which increases blood flow to the injured area, allowing cellular waste products to be swept away more efficiently and for healing oxygen and nutrients to be delivered to the cells.
Besides menthol, Biofreeze contains other herbal ingredients including Ilex Paraguariensis (also known as Yerba mate, a plant native to South America with antioxidant properties), Arnica, Calendula, Aloe, Boswellia, Green Tea, Burdock, Lemon Balm, and vitamin E. All of these natural ingredients have been used for centuries to treat tissue injuries such as bruises, sprains, and strains. Camphor, another ingredient in Biofreeze, has both numbing and antiseptic properties.
How do you use Biofreeze?
You can massage Biofreeze gel into your skin (or apply it with the roll-on or spray) up to four times a day. It can also be useful for any therapy, such as chiropractic care or physical therapy. When applied ahead of time, Biofreeze can help relieve the pain that would have interfered with you getting the most out of your treatment.
Biofreeze is available for purchase at our chiropractic office in Eugene. Next time you're in to see us, ask about getting some to help with your healing.
We've all experienced a slip and fall accident. They're a part of life and sometimes impossible to avoid. But, as frequent as slip and fall accidents occur, there is a disconnect when it comes to seeking treatment. People tend to downplay the significance of the trauma, assuming the pain will go away and that it's no big deal. However, the injury could be more severe than you think and getting checked when the injury occurs helps prevent future issues.
Common causes of slip and fall accidents:
Treatment options vary depending on the type of injury sustained from a slip and fall accident. Chiropractic care, especially when coupled with x-rays, can be beneficial to address any subluxations resulting from the accident. Treatment from other medical professionals may also be helpful if the injuries are more severe.
Soft tissue injuries are not visible which can make treatment more difficult to determine. These types of injuries could include minor ankle and wrist sprains to devastating tears in tendons and ligaments. Chiropractic care coupled with massage therapy or physical therapy may be the best route.
If you hit your head, it's important to seek medical care. Even if you thought it was just a little bump, a minor head injury could quickly turn into a medical emergency. If there is swelling, bleeding, or even a brief loss of consciousness you may have a concussion. Minor concussions usually clear up on their own, but more serious brain injuries can permanently alter your ability to function. Head injuries cannot be diagnosed based on symptoms alone, and some very serious head injuries produce only minimal symptoms at first. No matter how inconvenient it is or how “fine” you feel, your first stop after a head injury should be to your doctor. New technology is available that enables a physician to determine the degree of brain injury more precisely than ever before.
If your slip and fall accident causes cuts and abrasions, they can look quite severe, but typically these injuries are often less worrisome. Leg and arm abrasions are common, as are wounds to the head and hips. In most cases, these injuries only require superficial treatment, and perhaps some stitches. Seeking treatment from your primary care doctor could be beneficial as well as a visit to your chiropractor.
Not as often as other injuries, but sometimes spinal cord injuries during a slip and fall accident. But when they do occur, these injuries are almost always life-threatening and demand immediate medical care, as well as ongoing treatment. You'll want to see your physician as soon as possible. After a determination that there is no further risk to the spinal cord, treatment with a chiropractor can help align the spine so the muscles and vertebrae don't move back into a position where damage can occur.
Lastly, broken bones can result from a slip and fall accident and can be quite painful. Whether you sustain a minor fracture or a severe break requiring surgery, the tissue surrounding the broken bone(s) may also be damaged, necessitating long-term therapy to prevent chronic pain and neuromuscular dysfunction. After seeking a diagnosis from your physician and x-rays, a combination of chiropractic care, physical therapy, and massage therapy can get you back to feeling better.
If you suffer a slip and fall accident in Eugene, Oregon, please give our office a call. The doctors at Pure Life Chiropractic can help assess and provide treatment to get you back to feeling better. Call us today! 541-343-5633
Stabilizing your shoulders are a group of muscles commonly known as the rotator cuff. As we age, it is possible for these muscles to become strained and cause pain. Additionally, falling or other traumas to the shoulder can cause injury to the area. Winter is a time of year when this type of injury can occur more frequently. From snow sports such as snowboarding to something as simple as slipping on ice, it is vital to recognize when you may have an injury to your rotator cuff. If you suspect injury, follow these tips to help treat the pain.
RICE and Anti-inflammatory medication
Rest — Give your shoulder a break. Try to limit activities that require you to use the injured shoulder for a couple of days.
Ice — Apply ice to the injured area to reduce inflammation.
Compress — Apply a compress to control swelling.
Elevate — Do your best to elevate the area above the level of your heart.
Take over the counter anti-inflammatory medication (as needed), such as ibuprofen, to help reduce inflammation and pain.
Pendulum Swings — Bend at your waist using a table for support. Let the injured arm hang freely. Begin swinging your injured arm in a circular direction from one foot to the other. After about 5 minutes switch directions. Again bend at your waist using a table for support. Swing the injured arm from front to back ensuring that you are limiting resistance. Do this for 5 minutes.
Doorway Stretch — Standing in a doorway, place one hand on each side of the opening. Slowly lean forward into the opening shifting your weight to your toes. Once you start to feel a light stretch, stop to avoid over stretching. Hold the stretch for about 30 seconds and repeat 2-3 times.
Cross-arm Stretch — Standing with good posture and your shoulders relaxed, pull one arm across your chest as far as you can and hold for around 30 seconds. Repeat the stretch on the opposite side. Do this stretch 2-3 times.
If your pain continues to worsen or does not go away, make sure to give us a call. The trained staff in our Eugene chiropractic office can evaluate your injury and create a plan to alleviate your pain. 541-343-5633
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