For those who play sports, both young and old, you might find that you often receive an injury when playing sports. For those who play sports such as basketball, football, baseball, soccer, and etc., there are ways to prevent injury. To avoid any down or recovery time, Revelation Chiropractic would like to share some of the common sport injuries, how they can be prevented and some of the best treatment options if they do occur.
Most Common Sport Injuries
Herniated Discs – Along the spine each vertebra is separated by a disc that provides a small cushion. When the disc tears, it allows the jelly like material to leak out which leads to a bulging or herniated disc. Herniated discs are very common in golfers and athletes that do a lot of contact sports. Symptoms of a herniated disc include pain and reduction of range of motion.
Sprains & Strains – On of the most common types of injuries that occur in sports is sprains or strains. Just about any sport can result in these types of injuries. A sprain or strain is when the ligament, muscle, or tendons become over stretched or they tear. Symptoms of a sprain or strain can include swelling, pain, bruising, and loss of stability.
Tendonitis – There are tendons that attach the muscles to the bone. Tendonitis is very common in elbows, legs or shins, and in the feet. Tendonitis is very common in tennis and baseball players. Often there is a lot of pain where tendonitis develops.
Stress Fractures – Some people may develop stress fractures in the weight-bearing bones as the result of a lot of impacts. Impacts from jumping or running can lead to a number of stress fractures which is common in sports or when you start a new workout. When a person develops stress fractures there is a lot of tenderness and pain along the site.
How Can Sport Injuries Be Prevented?
For those who play sports, you can reduce your chance of injury by taking a few precautions. First it is important to warm up the body for about 5 to 10 minutes with either a little cardio exercise or stretching before engaging in sport activities. Additionally, wear supportive shoes and other equipment to provide the support for your body. Training is important to condition the body for major games. Make sure to rest in between vigorous activities. Never over use your body as it will only lead to injury.
Chiropractic Care & Treatments
For those who have been injured doing sports or who are looking for additional preventive measures, see a chiropractor. Chiropractic treatments can help reduce and even eliminate a number of pain and injuries due from playing sports. By re-aligning the body’s spine, shoulders, knees, and other joints, your body can return to its proper states. With chiropractic treatment you can take the strain and stress from off your muscles and joints which helps reduce inflammation from injuries and ensure your body heals properly. Chiropractic’s can both treat and prevent a number of juries related to sports and fitness.