Sports injuries are as common among amateurs as professionals. The weekend warrior who is sedentary at work in an office all week, may rush into sports without warming up or stretching prior to play. A Nashville TN chiropractor advises preparing the body before any type of athletic activity.
This will, of course, not prevent a multitude of injuries. But, it will prevent many of them. Sports can frequently lead to back, neck and knee injuries. Muscles can be strained and the spine can be misaligned.
Painful symptoms may include inflammation, muscular spasms, swelling and a burning sensation. A specific injury can be cared for by alleviating the symptoms. Poor posture can have a detrimental effect on the entire body. Improving it is a lifestyle change that can prevent pain in the future.
Chiropractors see many clients with knee injuries that occur during a game. There are three major ones. One is the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. It is located in the knee joint. Excessive pressure can cause a tear, disabling the knee.
A second one is to the media collateral ligament. This also acts to stabilize the knee. The MCL injury and the ACL often occur simultaneously. There is a rubbery cushion that helps the weight-bearing and movement of the knee joint, that can be injured. It is called the meniscus.
Athletes suffer these painful conditions as the result of twisting and pivoting motions needed in a basketball or other game. Chiropractors design rehabilitation exercises and use relaxing massage to restore normal function. In addition, they provide counseling on how to modify activity until healing can take place.
Runners suffer different problems. The way a woman’s body is built makes her especially vulnerable to developing a painful condition. The repetitive pounding force on the joints causes shin splints and stress at the hip joint. Chiropractic care for sports injuries combines joint mobilization techniques and soft tissue repair.