SPORTS & EXTREMITY INJURIES
Athletes tend to be harder on their bodies than most. They are continually working and overworking their muscles. Combine this with training and competing, and you find yourself at a higher risk for injury.
Since athletes demand so much of themselves, and cant afford to be under performing, staying healthy is a priority. Whether you have suffered an injury that is keeping you on the sidelines, or you are someone who wants to maximize performance, we are here to help.
SYMPTOMS WE COMMONLY TREAT
Fatigue and soreness from over training
Loss of range of motion
Rotator cuff dysfunction
Tennis and golfers elbow tendonitis
HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP?
Different screening assessments can be used to diagnose a sports injury and to examine any dysfunction in movement patterns that can contribute to injury. We take time to establish where the cause of the pain is stemming from in order to treat it in a non-invasive way. In addition to hands on treatment, a chiropractor that specializes in sports will be able to educate the athlete on how to prevent an injury from re occurring.
TREATMENT FOR SPORTS INJURIES
Treatments vary depending on the area of injury. A sports injury may involve the spine itself, but commonly involves the extremities. In many cases the ankles, knees, elbows, wrists, and shoulders are being asked to perform repetitive dynamic tasks, which the body is not prepared for. Treatment may include passive modalities and therapies along with joint mobilization. Treatment will be customized to each individual case.
Rehabilitation is often incorporated to allow the injured area to restore movement to how it was prior to the injury. Maintenance screening exams, such as Selective Functional Movement Assessments (SFMA), may also be used to assess the underlying cause of injury, and to guide the athlete and lessen the risk of future injury.
The glenohumeral (shoulder) complex is comprised of four different joints and is responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. When looking at the anatomy, it becomes clear why shoulder pain has become common amongst athletes. Lots of shoulder injuries are due to overuse, and structures like the rotator cuff become vulnerable. Common presentations of shoulder involvement include:
1. Shoulder pain while performing overhead motions.
2. Difficulty lifting or moving your arm while completing everyday tasks.
3. "Pinching" or "burning" sensation around the shoulder.
Chiropractic care offers a wide variety of therapies to properly heal, and regain full function of the shoulder.
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, which connects the heel bone to the base of the toes. Things like running, dancing, and gymnastics may contribute to the onset of this condition. Treatment often consists of joint mobilization, myofascial release of the the surrounding structures, and rehabilitation focused on the intrinsic foot muscles, calves, and achilles tendon.
The ankle is responsible for supporting the rest of our body, and it aids in maintaining proper mobility. Tendonitis, sprains, and limited range of motion are things that we commonly address in the clinic.
Also known as "golfers elbow" or "tennis elbow", tendonitis of the elbow is due to inflammation within the connective tissue that connects the muscles to the bone. Depicting what the cause of pain is from will help our clinicians structure the best plan to get you back to competing.