Chiropractic Treatment for Sports Injuries
Arizonans are blessed with a streak of beautiful weather right around this time of year. Getting out for a hiking trip, an individual sporting event, or a team activity is looked forward to by many, and is a frequent occurrence here in the Valley. To maximize your ability to participate in such activities, it is important to first of all, be aware of the common issues chiropractors see in relation to sports, and second of all, take advantage of chiropractic treatment if you are experiencing any of the following issues.
What to Know About Injury Prevention and Sports
Intervertebral discs are located between the bones of the spine, and work as energy/shock absorbers, helping you to bend, flex, jump, and run without pain or damage to the vertebrae. But these discs can become herniated or inflamed as a result of athletic injury. It is important to seek non-invasive treatment like chiropractic, because surgery has the potential to further aggravate the existing problem or leave behind extensive scar tissue. Chiropractors are equipped with techniques to specifically treat disc injuries in a safe way.
Another sports injury chiropractors treat is whiplash, which occurs when the neck is quickly and forcefully pushed backwards or forwards or both in a “whipping” motion. Contact sports should be approached carefully simply because there is a higher risk for whiplash. The resulting inflammation, in addition to the possible damage to disks, causes pain and limited range of motion. Doctors of chiropractic use gentle but effective manipulation to restore the neck back to its proper form.
A final injury or issue experienced by Arizona’s active outdoor community is sciatic pain. There are many causes of sciatic pain, but the main factor is a pinched nerve. This is something doctors of chiropractic care are familiar with, because it is one of the most common things patients present with. What is surprising is that many patients suffer with the pain for a prolonged period of time, when instead they could consult a chiropractor and be on the road to a pain free and active life again.
When engaging in sports or physical activities, keep in mind your body’s abilities, and the fact that it is designed to move. And do not waste time (and great weather) struggling with the aforementioned injuries. Call a chiropractor today!
*Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or other health care professional before seeking treatment or taking related advice herein.*