Sports injuries can take a person "out of the game" for either a short period of time or indefinitely depending on the injury. Proper training and preventative maintenance will help a person achieve and sustain a healthy active body. Whether you are a professional athlete, a "weekend warrior" or one that just wants to remain fit, chiropractic can help you maintain a healthy alignment and increase performance.
Spinal injuries tend to restrict range of motion, decrease a persons endurance, slow reflexes, and decrease performance.Some of the best physicians do not have specific training in sports medicine and do not treat athletes on a regular basis, which can cause them to misdiagnose and/or under treat the athletes' neuromusculoskeletal issues.1 Innumerable cranial, spinal, and extremity contusions, strains, sprains, fractures, subluxations, dislocations, and soft tissue trauma are encountered and treated by the chiropractor.2
Chiropractic care helps to restore function to spinal joints that are fixated and not moving properly.3 While Chiropractic helps to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation, it also reduces pressure on the nerves which innervate the entire body and send messages to the muscles causing them to respond faster to treatment. Proper joint functioning is vital to the athletes' peak performance.
The Doctor of chiropractic will assess and give a treatment plan specific to you based on your injury or type of athletics that you are involved in, also taking into consideration your age, condition and objectives.
Some things you can also do to prevent injury:
Warm up and stretch before AND after activity
Use proper body mechanics while performing activity. If you do not know how ask someone who does.
Wear proper gear to protect yourself while involved in activity
Train properly for your activity, especially if you are training for a more vigorous activity
LISTEN to your body. Pain is a warning sign. Do not work through intense pain, seek help if pain is intense, it is not worth the risk to do further damage.
Healing from an injury takes time, do not rush the process. If you are having severe pain for more than two weeks in a joint or bone; pain radiates to another part of your body; an injury to a joint that produces significant swelling; you cannot move the injured part, and/or there is persistent tingling,weakness, or numbness in the area make sure you get to a doctor as soon as possible.
Chiropractic and the athlete are a dynamic duo that keeps you in the game.
1 Schafer RC. Chiropractic Management of Sports and Recreational Injuries. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1982
2Christensen, Kim DC. Sports Injuries and Chiropractic Care. http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=38548
3 Sports and the Chiropractic Lifestyle. Backtalk Systems 2007
4 Quinn, Elizabeth. Sports Injury Prevention and Treatment Basics. About.com