We receive many questions about sports injuries and treatment options with our chiropractor. Here are a few of the most common questions we receive and the answers.
What are the most common sports injuries?
Sports injuries fall into two categories, including acute and repetitive motion. The vast majority of sports injuries fall into the repetitive motion category and include tennis and golfer’s elbow, runner’s knee, shoulder injuries and shin splints. Lower back pain can either occur suddenly or appear over time.
How can I avoid sports injuries?
To avoid sports injuries, it is important to train for your sport prior to the start of the season and should include weight lifting and cardio exercises. Individuals that are out of shape when they begin playing are more prone to injury.
It’s also important to warm up your muscles and stretch prior to participating in your chosen sport. To warm up, walk briskly for five minutes then perform several stretching exercises.
How do I know if I have a sports injury?
If you experience sudden pain in a joint or muscle, loss of range of motion or swelling, you may have a sport injury. Additionally, if the pain is worse when using the muscle or joint, you should stop participating in the activity and schedule an appointment with our Lake Worth chiropractor. You should not continue to exercise or participate in sports until the source of your injury is diagnosed and a treatment plan has been established.
Should I see a chiropractor if I think I have a sports injury?
You should absolutely schedule an appointment with our sports injury chiropractor if you think you have a sports injury. Our Lake Worth chiropractor offers holistic treatment options that can heal your injury without medications or invasive procedures, and chiropractic care can often reduce your pain and heal your injury faster than traditional treatment options.
What treatments do you offer for sports injuries?
We offer chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy and massage therapy. Chiropractic adjustments can fix small misalignments in the joints and vertebrae. Misalignments can cause strain on the joint and surrounding muscles and ligaments, and cause the joints to move incorrectly, which results in increased risk for injury and muscle and ligament strains.
Physical therapy involves performing specific exercises in a specific order so that strength, range of motion and flexibility are restored to preinjury levels.
Massage therapy helps relax the muscles and soft tissues of the body. It promotes circulation and helps the body rid itself of lactic acid. This helps speed healing time and reduces overall body pain.
How long will it take for my injury to heal?
Heal times vary greatly, depending on the severity of the injury and how long it has gone untreated. In general, most individuals experience some pain relief after their first chiropractic adjustment. Subsequent adjustments, physical therapy and massage therapy further reduce the pain and promote healing.
To schedule an appointment for a sports injury, call our office at 561-909-4932.