When playing sports, or training for a sport, injuries can be common. Contact sports such as football can cause minor to serious injuries of the back, shoulders, and neck. Sports like tennis and golf can cause injuries in the joints of the arms and legs. Proper training, alignment, and care are essential for prevention and/or healing.
Some common injuries obtained during full contact sports like football are concussions, whiplash, and injuries to the spine.
A concussion is caused by violent movement in the neck or a blow to the head. Concussions are easily obtained during rough sports like football and rugby when there is contact and tackling. Concussions are traumatic brain injuries, but are usually temporary with the proper care and therapy.
Whiplash, which involves a whipping of the head and neck either forward and backward or from side to side. When the neck is jolted around, tears in the soft tissues of the neck can cause whiplash. Whiplash can cause severe headaches, migraines, shoulder pain, and neck pain. Symptoms can last for long periods of time.
In less contact sports like golf and tennis, smaller injuries can happen, but shouldn’t be ignored. Tendinitis, brachial plexus injuries, sprains, and strains are common injuries in sports with less contact. Overuse of the joints in sports like tennis and golf can lead to these injuries.
Common Sport Injuries Treated by Dr. Owen at Healthy Back Chiropractic
- Tendinitis is inflammation of the tissues in any joint. Tendinitis can occur in the wrists, knees, ankles, shoulders, or elbows depending on what repetitive motion the sport requires. Symptoms of tendinitis include swelling, tingling, pain, numbness, or loss of function of the joint.
- A brachial plexus injury occurs when the nerves that connect the shoulder to the neck are torn, strained, pinched, or severed from the spinal column. If left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Some common symptoms include a burning or stinging pain down the length of the arm.
- Sprains and strains are common in any sport and are usually caused by a twisting of a joint. Soft tissue in the joint is compromised, being either stretched or torn, and is often inflamed and swollen.
A chiropractor is an ideal doctor to see for any sports related injury. When injured in a sport, joints are commonly thrown out of proper alignment. Chiropractors realign not only the spine, but all of the joints of the body, making sure nerve pathways, soft tissue, and the joints line up properly and enable the best mobility possible. Chiropractors, like Dr. Owen assess each patient individually and prepare a customized treatment plan based on that particular patient’s individual needs. Chiropractors employ treatments that do not rely on medication. Healing from the root cause is the main focus so that injuries are healed fully and completely.