Sports injuries can be debilitating and quite painful. Of course, the biggest concern to the athlete and his teammates and coaches is, “when will he be able to return to his sport at a normal performance level?”
This obviously depends upon the severity of the injury, but there are several other factors that can speed up and improve the recovery. As most injuries result from moving joints and tissues beyond their normal ranges of motion, it is reasonable to assume that any preventative care that can increase ranges of motion and flexibility may help to prevent injury.
However, once an injury has actually occurred, it will require rehabilitative care.
Let’s take a look at the most common questions and answers for sports related injuries…
What Type of Sports Injuries Can be Treated by a Chiropractor?
When experiencing sports injuries, you will feel pain. This pain is a sign from your body that further damage can occur if a proper course of treatment is not followed. Some of the most common forms of injuries related to sports include:
- Pain in the lower back
- Straining of the calf or hamstring
- Thigh sprains and groin sprains
- Neck pain
- Injuries to the achilles tendon
- Shoulder strain or sprain
- Golfers elbow
- Tennis elbow
Pain killing drugs could relieve the pain from these injuries temporarily. But this also poses a major problem because it will mask the symptoms. You may think the painkillers are healing your body when in truth they are just covering up the injury. Instead of taking painkillers, visit a chiropractor and begin healing your body correctly instead of covering up the symptoms.
If you fail to receive quick and prompt treatment and overuse the injured area, you may hurt yourself further. This will prolong the healing process. It could even turn into a chronic and debilitating injury.
How Can Chiropractors Treat Sports Injuries?
When initially visiting a chiropractor’s office, you will sit down and speak with the doctor. You will discuss the injury and the particular physical demands of the sports that you play. The doctor will give you a thorough examination, check out your posture, gait, ranges of motion, and take x-rays of the injured area in order to make a correct diagnosis and treatment plan.
The good thing about chiropractic treatment is that it is generally painless and requires very little effort on your part, compared to physical therapy and rehabilitation. But ensuring that the skeletal structure is in alignment is the basis for all proper bio-mechanical rehabilitation.
Contact a chiropractor to find out about your sports injury treatment options today.