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
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