No matter what level of activity you engage in, you need to be ready to perform at your best. Whether it’s competing, running or hitting the gym, sports-related injuries can affect any athlete at any time and derail a training program or fitness routine. Strains, sprains and more serious injuries can discourage even the most avid of athletes.
When a sports injury occurs, it’s easy to become discouraged. You might try to push through the pain or give up altogether. A chiropractor can help you recover from the most common sports injuries, develop a treatment plan, and help you prevent future injuries from getting in your way.
The shoulder is one of the most common sites for sports-related injuries. Repetitive activities such as throwing, lifting and rowing can cause a variety of strains, sprains, misalignments and even dislocations. Athletes engaging in these activities run the risk of injury if they struggle with flexibility and overall strength, which can cause a lack of stabilization of the shoulder joints.
Symptoms of shoulder injury include swelling, pain upon movement and reduced mobility. Your chiropractor can evaluate your pain to determine if adjustments are needed and provide you with stretches and strengthening exercises to treat your injury.
Injuries to the knees come in many forms, whether it’s a torn ACL or an imbalance in the muscles that surround the knee cap. Athletes of all abilities can encounter these sports injuries from running, repeated bending and abrupt locking of the knee. Injuries to the knee can take months for complete recovery and pain symptoms can have a widespread effect on your overall wellbeing in day-to-day life.
Knee injuries can result in pain with walking, bending and lifting. Your chiropractor can help you recover with stretches, taping and strengthening movements designed specifically to reinforce the muscles around the knee.
Tennis or Golf Elbow
Repeated strain on the elbow joints can result in sports injuries known as tennis elbow or golf elbow. At their worst, these injuries can result in tiny tears in the tendons of the elbow and a general irritation. Tennis or golf elbow can keep you from your favorite activities for an extended amount of time, as well as disrupt common activities like driving.
As with most sports injuries, rest is crucial to recovery. Chiropractic care can help speed recovery by breaking down the stiffness in the elbow joint and building the joint back to full strength through special exercises.
Chiropractic Care Can Help
Chiropractors are trained and prepared to help athletes diagnose, resolve and prevent the most common sports injuries. Unlike a primary care physician, your chiropractor can work with you through repeated visits to diagnose your sports injury by looking at the whole picture. Chiropractors evaluate your goals, activities and lifestyle to determine a treatment plan that works for you while resolving your sports injury.
You never have to suffer through pain from sports injuries as an athlete. At Peralta Chiropractic, we utilize ultrasound, massage and adjustments to help you recover from injury and get back to the active lifestyle you enjoy. Find relief from sports injuries and make an appointment today.