Sports Injury


If Not Immediately Treated properly, Sports related injuries can cause long term complications.
Call me to get examined as soon as possible.

Sports Related Injury


"SPORTS INJURIES ARE ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF MUSCULOSKELETAL PROBLEMS OUR ATHLETES FACE ON A DAILY BASIS". 

I personally, as a chiropractor for the past 20 years, have been treating people with all different types of sports injuries. Why do athletes, and when I speak of athletes , I am including, professionals, our children, week end warriors, and just about anyone who decides this is the day to begin working out and buying that membership at the gym, get continuously injured?

Baseball, basketball, football, soccer, bicycling, tennis, ice hockey, running, weight lifting, jogging, golfing, lacrosse, swimming, and many other sports can cause the body injuries. Exercising and participating in sports related activities are good for you. However, as we all know, sometimes you can injure yourself when you play sports or exercise. Accidents, poor training practices, or improper gear can cause them. Some people get hurt because they are not in shape.

NOT WARMING UP OR STRETCHING ENOUGH CAN ALSO LEAD TO INJURIES.

I tell all my patients that participate in sports and who presents with injuries, that if you get hurt , stop playing immediately! Continuing to play, work out or exercise can cause more harm. Treatment often begins with RICE, (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) method to relieve pain and symptoms, reduce swelling, and speed healing. I begin treatment in my office with a through exam of the injured areas. Then based upon the severity I will determine and begin a regiment of treatment that I deem appropriate. I incorporate x-ray,  spinal manipulation, ice therapy, heat therapy, electric muscle stimulation, traction, therapeutic exercise, laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, spinal decompression therapy, and massage. If I determine that any injury is out of my scope of practice I will refer out to the appropriate health care provider.   I will also refer out for an MRI if needed.

Lets review the most common types of sports related injuries:

SPRAINS:

A sprain is one of the most common sports injuries. A sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament near a joint , such as a knee, ankle, or wrist. Sprains attach ligaments to bone. Sprains are most often caused by falling or  by a twisting motion. Sprains can be mild, moderate or severe, depending on whether the ligament is stretched or torn. Symptoms are pain and swelling, ( sometimes severe), as well as not being able to apply weight to the joint or use it without pain. Bruising is also typical.

STRAINS:

Strains are different from sprains. A strain is a muscular injury, while a sprain is an injury to a ligament. A strain occurs when you stretch or tear a muscle tissue by overextending it. Mild strains can be caused by repetitive motion over a long period of time. Acute strains typically happen in a single movement.

In sports related injuries , strain's usually occur when you are running, jumping, or lifting, or when you quickly change directions. You are also more likely to strain a muscle in cold weather and not warming up before the run, or workout. Symptoms are sudden pain followed by immediate limited range of motion to the affected area. In severe cases, you may also see bruising and swelling.

Lets go back and review: RICE:

REST: Immediately stop using the injured area. Sometimes for 24 to 48 hours will help in the overall recovery. Stay off the injured area and do not apply any weight to the area and just rest it.

ICE: Applying ice to the injured area will help with pain and swelling. You can apply the ice to the area for no longer  than 15 to 20 minutes every four hours.

COMPRESSION: Keeping slight pressure on the area of the injury will also help with swelling and provide additional support.

ELEVATION: Propping up the area offers a few additional benefits depending on the area. First, it will ensure you are resting your injury properly. Second, it will help reduce swelling. The correct way to elevate is to make sure that the injured area is propped up  higher than your heart for better circulation.

WHEN TO CALL ME:

If your injury causes extreme swelling, bruising or obvious deformity, head straight to my office. Bruising may get worse in the days following your injury. However, you should call me if your pain gets worse or if the swelling doesn't go away after a few days.

HOW TO PREVENT OR AVOID INJURY:

One of the best ways to prevent injury is to do nothing at all! We all know that is not going to happen.  To prevent injury, you should be dedicated to a stretching routine before and after you play sports or exercise. You should also never play a sport without wearing protective gear. You should always drink plenty of water to stay hydrated., before , during and after your activity. When you exercise , play sports , or just work out , our bodies sweat and needs to be re hydrated  immediately. 

THESE ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE FOR ME:

* Will my injured area heal to be just as strong as it was before the injury? 

* How do I know when to apply ice or heat to an injured area?

* Will I be more likely to injure an again once it was injured?

* How do I wrap an injured area?

* What is the best way to stay hydrated?

* How long will it take to heal the injured area?

* How long will it take until I can resume normal activity?

* How long will it take until I can play sports or resume working out?

* Will I need a referral to a specialist?

* Will I need X-Rays or an MRI to determine the severity of my injury?

* Can you as a chiropractor, initiate and continue rehab and physical therapy on a regular and ongoing basis? 

The answer to the questions above should be quite obvious. I have the best answers to those questions. I have been treating patients with sports related injuries for the past 20 years. I have seen kids, teenagers, and adults with all types of injuries throughout my career. 


IN CONCLUSION IF YOU HAVE A SPORTS RELATED INJURY, PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL ME. EVEN IF YOU JUST CALL TO SPEAK ABOUT YOUR INJURY OR HAVE QUESTIONS, I WILL CONSULT WITH YOU AND GIVE YOU THE BEST POSSIBLE ADVICE. CALL ME NOW!

" NOTHING IS MORE PRECIOUS THAN YOUR HEALTH."