Summertime Sports Injuries & Chiropractic Care

As the days grow longer and the weather warmer, the opportunity for outdoor activities increases greatly. For many, the attraction to vacationing, gardening, landscaping, golfing, running, and other sports becomes irresistible during the summer months.

While this increase in physical activity can be generally looked at as a healthy balancing from the less active months of the year it also brings with it the risk of sports injuries like runner’s knee, tennis elbow, chronic back pain, tendinitis, and other ailments. Chiropractic care can treat these issues effectively, not just by masking the painful symptoms, but by treating the underlying causes themselves. 

The initial pain of a sports injury requires immediate attention because ignoring the pain in hopes that it will get better on its own, can potentially lead to a chronic conditions that are more difficult to resolve than if they were treated as soon as they appeared.

Traditional methods of treatment offer pain killing medications and anti-inflammatory treatment, like ice packs and steroid injections. This sort of care is able to manage the pain from sports injuries effectively but unfortunately does nothing to help heal the actual condition itself. 

As an alternative to traditional medical care for sports injuries, chiropractic therapy offers natural treatments that not only relieve the pain but directly address the injury causing it as well. Chiropractic care usually takes several treatments to heal the injury completely, however, relief from pain is immediate. 

Chiropractic care is not just about manual adjustments to the musculoskeletal system. Often patients are educated on issues like posture, movement, and how to engage in strenuous physical activities like summer sports without causing injuries to themselves. Physical exercises are also taught to patients, which strengthen and promote flexibility in the body, effectively reducing the risk of suffering from injuries in the future or aggravating existing ones. By moving the body correctly not only are the chances of being injured reduced but athletic performances for golf swings, running speed, and batting averages are also improved.

The variety of sport injuries that can come up for those who like to engage in summertime play is quite extensive. Concussions, achilles tendinitis, shin splints, runners knee, plantar fasciitis, and shoulder injuries are just some of the conditions chiropractors are often called upon to treat. By keeping in good chiropractic health with regular visits the chances of falling victim to one or more of these ailments is much less likely.

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