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6 Sports Injuries a Chiropractor Can Treat

For individuals actively engaged in sports, chiropractic care is a valuable resource for managing and recovering from common sports-related injuries. Vida Integrated Health offers personalized treatment plans and exercise programs tailored to expedite the healing of joints and muscles. Chiropractors can effectively address various sports injuries, including strains, sprains, dislocations, pinched nerves, tight muscles, chronic overuse injuries, and inflammation/tendinitis.
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If you engage in regular sports activities and have experienced injuries, consider visiting a Chiropractor. Chiropractic services can help ease pain and promote a quicker recovery. Vida Integrated Health uses personalized treatment plans and a collaborative approach to help heal the joints and muscles. Here are six sports-related injuries a chiropractor can help treat:

1. Strains and Sprains

Whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior who is enthusiastic about your game, strains and sprains are a part of almost every sport. Strains happen when the muscles or tendons tear partially or are stretched too far. Sprains result from ligament tears or overstretching. These injuries can often occur in the wrists, ankles, and hamstrings. A chiropractor can help reduce pain and swelling by applying pressure in the correct areas. Our team can softly massage the soft tissues and provide gentle stretches to aid with the healing process.

2. Dislocations

Dislocations can occur in many sports as you move your body in physically demanding ways. The shoulder is one of the most common joints to get dislocated. This problem may happen if you run into someone or move your upper body in an unnatural way. Some athletes may have loose shoulder joints from previous injuries, making them more susceptible to dislocations.

Chiropractors can help move the joint back into place. They can also follow up with other therapies, such as class 4 laser therapy, to treat the area and reduce inflammation. They may recommend exercises to strengthen the muscles around the joints to minimize further dislocations. This could include supporting the rotator cuff muscles to increase the shoulder’s stability and potentially reduce the risk of subsequent dislocated shoulders.

3. Pinched Nerves

A pinched nerve can cause radiating pain, which begins at the site of the obstruction and continues down an arm or leg. Nerves can become pinched when a subluxation occurs in the vertebrae or joints. This issue can also lead to numbness or tingling instead of pain. Chiropractic care can assist with body alignment and provide adjustments so that the joints and bones are in the proper position. This change of position can take the pressure off the nerve and allow it to send messages to the body as it normally would.

4. Tight Muscles

Athletes may deal with tight muscles if proper stretching and warm-up exercises are overlooked. Tight muscles may tear and lead to further injury, including fractures, sprains, and strains. Regular chiropractic care can improve your range of motion, allowing you to stretch further to warm up your muscles. The chiropractor may also give you specific exercises to improve muscle tone at home, such as stretching with a resistance band.

5. Chronic Overuse Injuries

Athletes may suffer from chronic injuries caused by overuse. Overuse issues happen because a muscle or joint works the same way over and over. The tendons and ligaments can become chronically stressed and inflamed. While overuse doesn’t always lead to further damage, it can cause pain and limit a person’s range of motion.

Overuse can also lead to stress fractures or subluxations as the joint moves out of place. A chiropractor may perform a manual adjustment if corrections are needed. They may also recommend cross-training exercises and personalized exercise programs to help prevent future overuse injuries.

6. Inflammation and Tendinitis

Playing sports regularly can lead to inflammation in the joints caused by repetitive motions. Tennis players may suffer from wrist inflammation, while runners may experience knee pain and shin splints. Inflammation in the tendons is called tendinitis. This condition may begin as acute from an injury but can become chronic if left untreated.

When you visit a chiropractor, they can check for any subluxations in the area that might reduce blood flow. They can also provide range of motion exercises to stretch and strengthen your muscles or recommend adaptations to improve poor movement patterns.

Visit a Chiropractor for Your Sports Injury

Chiropractic care can help you heal from sports injuries, increase your range of motion, and prevent future issues. If you’re involved in sports, you may benefit from the muscle and tissue-strengthening aspects of regular chiropractic visits and adjustments. Contact Vida Integrated Health today to find out how we can help alleviate chronic pain and support sports injury recovery.

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