Looking for natural sports injury treatments to get you back on your game? Dr. Pamela Hart at Alternative Health Clinic in Boulder, CO, is the recovery partner to have on your side.
Chiropractic Care for Sports Injuries
Playing sports is a good thing but has inevitable drawbacks. Staying active and doing an activity that you love is great for your physical and mental health. However, it also puts you at risk of sustaining injuries more often than most other people.
The good news is that you don’t have to give up your sport of choice if you’re injured. Dr. Hart and the team at Alternative Health Clinic in Boulder, CO, explain how visiting a chiropractor for sports injury treatments can keep you on your feet and on the field, track, or court.
Understanding Sports Injuries
It’s not a stretch to understand why you might sustain an injury if you play contact sports or fall while playing. Such incidents lead to various injuries, such as whiplash, sprains and strains, herniated discs, and more. However, most people don’t consider how easily it can be to sustain an injury during workouts or training.
The truth is that playing sports leads to more demands on your body. If you’re constantly throwing, running, jumping, or doing something similar, you can easily sustain overuse injuries of the soft tissues. And the harder you train without giving your body time to rest, the more likely such injuries are.
Additionally, many injuries often begin in the feet and legs. If there is a misalignment or other issue present in the lower body, it can impact everything in the upper body. For example, an issue in your knee can cause uneven weight distribution, which can lead to spinal misalignment, herniated discs, and more.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Chiropractors like Dr. Hart assess the entire musculoskeletal system – from head to foot – to determine the root of your pain and injury. They then develop a treatment plan to provide adjustments, soft tissue techniques, applied kinesiology, custom orthotics, and more to address this root. Treatment is personalized to your needs and will include nutritional therapy and lifestyle guidance to help enhance your healing. Combining such techniques can not only help you heal from your injuries but can also help you perform better and reduce the risk of experiencing an injury in the future.
Learn more about sports injury treatments with Dr. Hart at Alternative Health Clinic in Boulder, CO, by calling (719) 733-8966 to schedule your appointment today
What sports injuries can be treated with chiropractic care?
There are a number of different sports injuries. Among those most commonly addressed through chiropractic treatment are:
- Sprains and strains
- Shin splints
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Knee pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendon injuries
What are the benefits to treating sports injuries with chiropractic care?
- Decreased inflammation
- Decreased pain
- Increased mobility
- Stronger joints
- Less need for medications that can be toxic to you
- Shorter recovery time
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACUTE INJURY AND CHRONIC INJURY?
An acute injury is one where you experience sudden pain, tenderness, weakness, and swelling. You may not be able to put weight on the area that is injured. You might even be able to see the dislocation.
A chronic injury is when you experience regular pain while you are active that becomes a dull ache when you are at rest. You may experience frequent swelling in the area. The pain from a chronic injury just never seems to go away.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO HEAL?
It depends on the extent of your injuries, the type of injury, and your general physical condition before the injury. Time to heal varies from patient to patient.
HOW CAN I PREVENT FUTURE SPORTS INJURIES?
You can prevent future sports injuries by making sure you warm up before you begin playing your sport, making sure you have the right equipment and don’t try to do activities that you are not prepared for. Trying to advance your abilities faster than you are ready to is a recipe for disaster. Probably the most important thing is to make sure that you stretch out a lot. This can help prepare your muscles for participating in your sport.