Since back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, it is vital to know how to prevent the cause of back pain. By maintaining a healthy diet and weight, remaining active and avoiding prolonged inactivity or bed rest are all important ways to avoid back pain. Before doing exercises or any physical activity, it is recommended to warm up and/or stretch.
Sports can be very taxing on your body, no matter what you play. Our trusted staff will work with you to get to the root of your problem and help you feel better again. We help treat and also prevent injuries in the neck, back, shoulders, knees, and ankles. We are able to manually adjust your spine, relieving any pain that you are feeling. This will allow your body to function much better after the injury.
WHEN SHOULD I SEEK PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT?
People should seek professional help for sports injury when:
- an injury causes prolonged swelling, unusual numbness, or severe pain
- weight cannot be tolerated in the area of injury
- a past injury becomes swollen and painful
- a longtime sore joint shows new signs of weakness
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COMMON INJURIES TREATED WITH SPORTS MEDICINE?
Achilles Tendonitis - Achilles tendon injuries are often the least treated and yet most common overuse injuries seen in recreational sports. The Achilles tendon is a connective tissue that can be injured due to a lack of flexibility in the calf muscles. While on a few occasions, an Achilles tendon might be ruptured and require referral to an orthopedic doctor, the majority of Achilles problems are due to non-ruptured injuries. A simple test done by a sports medicine doctor can determine which is the case for each individual patient.
Herniated Disc - Spinal decompression is the therapy of choice by sports medicine doctors. This procedure slowly expands the distance between vertebrae, creating negative pressure within a disc. That negative pressure allows disc material to drawback inside of the disc while increasing blood flow. The outer layers can then start creating new cartilage fibers. The major advantage is that a disc lesion heals without having to resort to surgery.
Shin Splints - Also known as lateral tibial stress syndrome, this is the most common type of injury in the lower leg, in particular for runners. Shin splints generally create pain along the medial border of the tibia into the foot. This condition not only creates pain but weakness, which may prevent a person from running or even walking. Shin splints are routinely treated with chiropractic therapy with great success. We also consult with patients on the type of running shoes and exercise that help prevent future shin splints.
Even a "minor" crash can result in serious injuries like ligament sprains. This can lead to chronic pain and disability if not treated properly. In fact, research shows that early treatment is the best way to prevent long-term symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments are effective because they help restore the healthy, normal function of your nervous system without the use of drugs or surgery.