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Sports are a great way to get exercise, make a living, have fun and enjoy the outdoors but can also increase your risk for injury. Injuries are common but some can be serious, even career ending. Not warming up properly, accidents, improper gear, not being in shape and poor training can be the cause for a wide range of different sports injuries. Most of the time, over-the-counter medications, physical therapy, chiropractic care, rest, ice or heat can help to relieve mild to moderate injuries. Depending on the sport and severity of injury though, surgery may be necessary or required in order to correct the issue and restore function and ability again. Rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE), chiropractic care and pain relievers can help to stimulate healing.
When ligaments overstretch or tear, this results in sprains. A sprained ankle is very common and can happen from stepping incorrectly or on an uneven surface or twisting or rolling the foot. Pain from sprains can range from mild to severe.
Often confused with sprains, strains are similar with the main difference usually being sprains include bruising around the affected area and strains include more muscle spasms.
With an organized network of bones, ligaments, tendons and cartilage, knee injuries can be a frequent occurrence. Tenderness near the kneecap, also called runner’s knee, tendinitis and pain on the sides of the knee can all occur from intense running or twists and impact to the knee.
Swollen muscles are painful and usually occur after injury or overuse. When muscles are overstretched or tear, this is a pulled muscle. They most commonly happen in the quadriceps, calves, hamstrings, groin, low back and shoulder.
The Achilles tendon runs from the calf muscle to the heel. Improper or lack of stretching and overuse can cause this career-ending injury.
Prevention can have a major impact on avoiding injury and overall health. Precautions should always be taken by including certain measures when playing sports. Maintaining and using the correct equipment and recommended protective gear helps to shield the body from injury. Resting between workouts, starting slowly and stretching thoroughly and properly can allow the body to repair and give muscles, bones and tissues the chance to adapt to increasing strength, flexibility and endurance. It is also most important to listen to the body and let up at the first sign of pain, discomfort, stress or overheating.
Many seek sports injury treatment at a sports injury clinic for relief. A sports chiropractor, like Dr.Kenyon, can help to boost athletic performance by ensuring that the musculoskeletal system is working optimally to promote maximum function. Caring for the spine, joints, muscles, tendons and nerves through spinal adjustments and physical therapy encourages the body to heal naturally without the use of medication by reducing inflammation, stimulating blood flow and alleviating pain. A sports injury chiropractor can create a unique maintenance plan tailored to specific needs to keep you in the game.
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