Chiropractic Treatment for Sports Injuries
Recovering from sports injury through chiropractic care.
Sports, whether competitive or recreational, are great ways to keep fit, spend some time outdoors and have a great time. However, all sports come with some degree of risk for injury. While adults risk injury from playing their favorite sports, children are especially prone to suffer an injury while playing or practicing their favorite athletics. With all of the great school and recreational athletic opportunities here, sports injury in Twin Falls is a common problem.
Kids today are facing obesity and Type 2 diabetes in numbers that were unheard of just ten years ago. This is largely due to sports injury, poor diet, and a lack of physical activity.
Some sobering statistics on sports injuries.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 30-million children and teens participate in some form of recreational or competitive athletics each year. Of those 30-million kids, 3.5-million suffer some form of sports injury. Over 775,000 of these children seek treatment in the emergency room each year. The majority of these sports injuries are from falls, collisions, overexertion and being hit by objects such as hockey sticks, bats, rackets and balls. In almost twenty years of treating kids and adults in Twin Falls, Dr. Golay has seen quite a few of those injuries.
The most injury-prone sports are contact sports such as football, rugby, soccer, lacrosse and wrestling. You might be surprised to learn that most injuries don’t occur during games, but during practice. In fact, according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, 62% of sports injury occurs during practice. Of course, this makes sense if you compare the amount of time kids spend at practice versus the amount of time they actually spend playing in a game. While we do want to encourage kids and teens to participate in sports, it’s important to understand the risks.
The most common types of sports injuries.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, the areas of the body most prone to sports injury are the ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows, and spine. These parts of the body are vulnerable to being hit or to being injured during a fall or collision, but they can also become injured to due repetitious movements. There are several common types of sports injury.
These are just the most common types of sports injury. Obviously, there are more severe spinal, head and neck injuries that can be very serious and even life-threatening.
Sprains and Strains
A sudden twist or overextension of a joint can cause the tendons or muscles (a strain) or ligaments (a sprain) to tear. If not allowed to heal properly, those tendons and ligaments are at a much higher risk of re-injury later on.
Anything that places sudden or unaccustomed stress on joints or muscles may cause a sprain or strain.
Falling, heavy lifting, exerting too much, knocking a joint out of position, and overstretching are some of the most common causes.
Overusing a joint can also stretch ligaments, cause chronic imflammation, or chronic irritation of a muscle tendon.
Being overweight, inactive, or in poor physical condition boosts the likelihood of injury. Improperly warming up and not stretching muscles before intense exercise can also result in injury.
Stress fractures are a result of too much stress being placed on a bone. They’re common in sports like track and field and wrestling, but they can happen in virtually any sport.
Shin splints are considered a type of stress fracture and are very common among runners and football and basketball players.
Stress fractures are often caused by increasing your intensity or amount of an activity too quickly. Most stress fractures occur in the lower leg and foot.
Studies have shown that athletes participating in tennis, track and field, gymnastics, and basketball are very susceptible to stress fractures.
Tendinitis is caused by overuse of a joint or by repetitive movements such as swinging a racket, bat or golf club or throwing a football or baseball. Inflammation of the affected tendon can cause severe pain and limited range of motion. It’s most common in the shoulder, rotator cuff and elbow, but can also occur in the knees, ankles and wrists.
While tendinitis can occur in any of your tendons, it's most common around your shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and heels.
Some common names for various tendinitis problems are:
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer's elbow
- Pitcher's shoulder
- Swimmer's shoulder
- Jumper's knee
Most cases of tendinitis can be successfully treated with rest, physical therapy and medications to reduce pain. If tendinitis is severe and leads to the rupture of a tendon, you may need surgery.
Chiropractic treatment of sports injuries.
There are several ways that a chiropractic physician can help reduce the pain and speed the healing of a sports injury. The chiropractor will ask questions about what the patient was doing at the time of the injury to help him get a clear idea of what’s happened. The doctor may also need to take x-rays to make sure there’s no fracture or conduct an ultrasound to detect any injury to the muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Once the chiropractor has diagnosed the injury, he can decide on the best course of treatment. Treatments may include using heat and/or ice to reduce pain and swelling, joint manipulation or realignment, compression and elevation of the limb. Pain reliever may or not be prescribed, as some pain relievers can actually hamper the recovery process by interfering with the body’s immune response and healing mechanisms.
Treating sports injuries in Twin Falls since 1994
Dr. Golay is both a parent of young athletes and an athlete himself, and understands the frustration of being sidelined by an injury. If you or your child has suffered a sports injury, Dr. Golay and Golay Chiropractic would be happy to answer any questions you may have or to schedule you for a consultation to see how we can help. We’ll do our best to make you comfortable and to get you back in the game as quickly as possible.