Participating in physical exercises and sports are fun ways to stay active and healthy. However, participating in sports puts you at risk for getting injured. Chiropractic care can help treat these injuries. At Convergent Therapies, serving Tacoma and Gig Harbor, WA, our sports chiropractor provides natural treatment options for sports injuries.
Causes of Sports Injuries
Whether you are a professional athlete or play sports recreationally, sports injuries can be frustrating and debilitating. There are many different sports injuries you can suffer from. Here are some of the most common ones.
When you work out consistently or play sports, you’re more prone to muscle overuse injuries. These injuries mostly occur with training issues, which happen when you engage in certain activities for a long time or have technique errors, like poor form.
A good warm-up before engaging in any physical activity is essential, since it takes the body from an inactive state to a ready-to-exercise mode. However, many people ignore this step and continue with sports activities or workouts without warming up.
Warming up can prevent injuries by improving blood flow and loosening the joints for optimal flexibility and efficiency.
Improper Use of Sporting Gear
Many sports require the use of specific apparatus and equipment. When mishandled, this equipment may lead to sports injuries. However, you can reduce the risk of injury by wearing the right gear.
Types of Sports Injuries
Different sports injuries have various complications and symptoms. Some common sports injuries are:
- Sprains, which are tearing or overstretching the ligaments
- Strains, like tearing or overstretching tendons or muscles
- Knee injuries
- Swollen muscles
- Fractures and dislocations
- Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
- Neck, back, or shoulder injuries
- Runner’s knee, shin splints, and Achilles tendonitis
Sports Injury Symptoms
Sports injury signs may appear immediately after an injury, or may take some time before they become visible. Some symptoms of sports injuries include:
- Sudden, severe pain
- Tingling and numbness
Chiropractic Care for Sports Injuries
When you visit us, our sports chiropractor will look for the root cause of your pain. After a diagnosis, we will create a treatment plan for your condition. For many back and neck injuries, our chiropractor will use spinal adjustments. Realigning the spine will alleviate tension and pressure on soft tissues and nerves. We also provide extremity adjustments to help with other injuries. Our chiropractor can also use cupping and laser therapy to promote healing in the body. We will give you stretching and strengthening exercises to help speed up your recovery.
Visit Our Chiropractor in Gig Harbor, WA for Sports Injury Treatment
If you have a sports injury, chiropractic care can help. At Convergent Therapies, serving Tacoma and Gig Harbor, WA, our chiropractor will help your body recover from a sports injury. Call us today to schedule an appointment