What causes sports injuries to occur?
Many sports injuries occur as the result of a direct impact with equipment, surfaces or other players. However, a large number of injuries occur for other reasons, including overextension of muscles and other soft tissues, overuse or repetitive strain, or from twisting or torquing a limb or joint, like when pivoting or making a fast change of direction. Different sports are associated with different types of injuries, and even relatively low-impact sports like swimming can cause injuries that require prompt attention to relieve pain and prevent more serious issues from developing. Many injuries can cause radiating pain as well as referred pain in addition to localized symptoms.
How does chiropractic treatment address sports injuries?
Because sports injuries can have so many causes and because there are so many different types of injuries related to sports and physical activities, any treatment plan must be carefully tailored to suit the specific needs of the athlete. In every case, a thorough examination using hands-on techniques and other approaches, including diagnostic imaging like x-rays or CT scans when necessary, ensures treatment is on target throughout the course of care and recovery. Many injuries can benefit from more than one type of care, and common treatment options include chiropractic adjustment to realign the spine and relieve nerve impingements, deep tissue manipulation and massage, active release techniques to address deep muscle knots and adhesions and physical therapy to relieve symptoms while promoting strength, flexibility and range of motion.
Can chiropractic care help reduce the risk of sports injuries?
Yes, chiropractic care and treatment is aimed at promoting whole-body health by optimizing neural pathways throughout the body, so reflexes, mobility, flexibility, and strength can all be improved. Plus, chiropractors can guide help athletes of all levels perform better so they can avoid injury and strain.