Posts for: September, 2014
Sports Injuries and Chiropractic Care
Sports injuries can occur during the participation of any athletic activity. In order to remain active, it is important to stop them before they start. To help you further protect yourself from injury we have provided a few helpful chiropractic prevention tips for our Quincy area patients. Let’s take a look.
What types of injuries do sports cause?
According to the American Chiropractic Association, “the more commonly injured areas of the body are the ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows, and spine.” The resulting sports injuries are stress fractures, strains and sprains, and tendinosis.
Stress fractures are minuscule breaks in the bone that are the result of too much pressure applied to the area or repetitive application of pressure to the same area. Patients are likely to see these injuries in the bones of the lower leg and the foot, as these are weight-bearing areas.
Strains occur when a muscle or tendon has been stretched too far, sometimes to the point of tearing. They are frequently seen in the lower back, as well as in the hamstring. Through chiropractic care, you can find relief from your back pain and strains.
Tendinosis, also known as chronic tendinitis, can be present in many areas of the body. This inflammation or irritation of the tendon is commonly called tennis elbow, swimmer’s shoulder or jumper’s knee, among other names.
How can I prevent these injuries?
The simplest answer is to know your body’s limits and to consult your Quincy chiropractor before beginning any new exercise regimen. If you’re just starting to add physical activity to your daily routine, it’s best to start slow and work up to more intense workouts as your body adjusts. Many sports injuries very often occur when you do too much, too fast, as your body is not yet ready for this type or level of activity.
Changing up your routine is another good way to prevent sports injury. By working the body in different ways, you are avoiding overuse of certain muscles as well as the repetitive actions that frequently cause stress fractures and tendinosis.
Additionally, using the proper equipment and making sure it is in good condition is key to avoiding sports injuries. For example, runners should replace their shoes as soon as they start to feel them breaking down. Cyclists must be certain that their tires are properly inflated and that all gears are working properly. It’s easy to prevent unnecessary injury by keeping your equipment in as good of shape as you are.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommend monitoring the temperature. High heat and humidity can cause illness and injury during physical activity, especially to children.
If you believe you have a sports injury, consult your Quincy chiropractor today. The specialists at Milton Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, Inc. are eager to help you treat and prevent these problems.