Sports Injuries treated by Hillboros Chiropractor
What You Should Know about Sports Injuries
Participation in sports or exercise is an important step in maintaining your health. Exercise strengthens your heart, bones and joints and reduces stress, among many other benefits. But, especially for the weekend athlete, injuries during participation in sports are easy to avoid by taking some precautions. Often, these injuries occur in someone who is just taking up sports as a form of activity, doesnt use proper safety equipment or becomes overzealous.
The more commonly injured areas of the body include the knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows and spine. Remember to discuss any new exercise program with your doctor of chiropractic prior to beginning. You want to start any new exercise slowly and gradually build up to longer workouts.
Its very important to warm up properly prior to starting a workout. Stretching first is recommended to prevent injuries during your workout. Breathe in and out slowly during stretching. Do not bounce or jerk your body while stretching. Stretch and hold for 15-20 seconds minimum giving the Golgi Tendon Organs (GTO) time to relax. If you feel pain during stretching, stop what you are doing as pain is your bodys way of telling you something is wrong. Dont stretch your low back by flexing forward fully and compressing your discs, for the first hour of the morning. Discs are at their fullest hydration and more susceptible to injury.
Drink adequate water. To determine the proper amount of water your body needs each day, take your body weight and cut it in half. That figure is the number of ounces of water your body needs daily. If you weigh 150 pounds, you need to drink 75 ounces of water per day. Avoid sports and energy drinks. For a normal sports activity or workout, just stick with water. Water is the best method of hydration, especially for any exercise 60 minutes in duration or less. Most energy drinks contain large amounts of caffeine, which provides a short-term energy boost. They also contain sugar, and the combination can lead to irritability, nervousness, rapid heartbeat and increased blood pressure. The best way to gain energy if you feel tired is exercise, sleep and good nutrition. These are all elements your doctor of chiropractic can counsel you on.
Listen to Your Body!
If doing an activity hurts, then stop. Always stretch and warm up prior to exercising. But if you are engaged in a sports activity and you feel pain, then stop immediately.
It is just as important to ease out of your sports activities with a warm-down, just like you eased into the sport with a warm-up. When you are finished with your sport, take a few minutes to walk around and then do some stretching.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Your doctor of chiropractic can diagnose your sports injury with a history and physical exam, using X-rays, MRI or ultrasound if needed. The type of injury found will affect the treatment.
Types of Sports Injuries
Sprains and Strains
The most common injuries from sports activities include damage to the muscles, tendons and ligaments. An acute twisting or overextension of a joint can lead to muscle or tendon tears called strains, and tears of ligaments called sprains. Muscle pulls and spasms can easily move the bones in your back causing subluxations. This may then produce a cascading effect to other regions and symptoms prolonging the recuperation time. See your chiropractor if the symptoms do not abate within a day or two.
Too much exertion and repetitive motion of a joint can result in pain and dysfunction. These are overuse injuries and are also called tendinitis as the tendon becomes inflamed from overuse.
Some athletes may experience stress fractures, which occurs when an abnormal amount of stress is placed on a bone. Stress fractures can occur from not building up your running time slowly, for example.
A type of overuse injury which results in micro-fractures of the tibial bone (shin) on the front of the lower part of the leg. Most commonly seen in runners although if can affect many other sports.
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a painful inflammatory condition provoked by overuse and micro- trauma associated with muscle tendon strain injury. The pain occurs primarily where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the bony parts of the outside of your elbow. Pain can also spread into your forearm and wrist and the associated weakness may make it difficult to:
- Turn a doorknob,
- Open jars,
- Hold light objects such as a coffee cup,
- Shake hands,
- Squeeze the grip of a paddle.
Tennis elbow affects about 2% of the general population and as many as half of all tennis players during their careers. Less than 5% of all tennis elbow diagnoses are related to actually playing tennis. Tennis elbow affects men more than women. It most often affects people between the ages of 30 and 50, although people of any age can be affected.
Tennis elbow commonly affects those who participate in leisure or work activities that require repetitive arm, elbow, wrist, and hand movement, especially while tightly gripping something. Examples include golfers, baseball players, bowlers, gardeners or landscapers, house or office cleaners (because of vacuuming, sweeping, and scrubbing), carpenters, mechanics, keyboard operators, and assembly-line workers.
The Class IV Laser is at the heart of our treatment program. Although it is quite helpful to provide soft tissue techniques (myofascial work, trigger point, etc..), laser provides a safe, effective, non-invasive, painless solution for elbow pain and injury. Patients respond exceptionally well to treatments and usually notice significant pain relief after just a few treatments. Our program utilizes the latest FDA Cleared Lasers, and combines them with other therapies to help reduce the pain, strengthen the muscles and increase range of motion. Most importantly these treatments help reduce inflammation/swelling, which helps improve overall function.
Very few clinics have Laser models with the necessary power for most treatment protocols. Ask what the wattage is and dont accept any less than 10 watts.
If you have more questions please go to the Common Questions section or call us anytime.
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