Sports and exercise are great ways to keep healthy, but there are often risks involved. Most often, excessive training, inappropriate training methods or perilous exercise equipment can be a cause of injury. Structural abnormalities and muscle imbalances/ weakness can also be culprits leading to injury in the ankles, knees, elbows, shoulder or spine.
Sports injuries are commonly caused by traumatic force to a joint in motion causing hyperextension or hyperflexion. It may cause significant pain and debilitation taking you away from the sports that you enjoy. Chiropractors can help prevent and manage sports-related injuries.
Chiropractors are trained to assess, diagnose and manage sports-related injuries as part of their core competencies. In fact, through a comprehensive history and physical examination, chiropractors can help determine the cause of pain and dysfunction as well as recommend an appropriate plan of management. Conservative care offered by chiropractors, dependent on the injury and mechanism, may include joint manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue therapies, adjunct modalities, rehabilitation and individualized exercises. The Chiropractor may also suggest lifestyle advice to restore proper function, enhance healing of damaged tissue and reduce pain. Here at Mind Body Spine Chiropractic we can help devise a treatment plan based on your unique and individual needs.
As always, injury prevention is key. Before starting a new exercise program or sport, visit your chiropractor to determine what measures can be taken to prevent injury or enhance performance. Contact our office today at (508) 896-7277 for a full evaluation.