Sports Injuries – Post Weekend Recovery Methods

Sports Injuries – Post Weekend Recovery Methods

As the leading experts in the musculoskeletal system, chiropractors are the top choice of many athletes when it comes to sport injury prevention and recovery. Chiropractic adjustments and therapies are used widely across many sports, and can help to boost overall performance, decrease downtime due to injury and keep athletes in top shape.

What Are the Most Common Sports Injuries?

People who play sports generally suffer sprains, strains, pulled muscles or joint problems. With the wear and tear that athletic activities put on the body, it’s easy to sprain ankles or wrists, or pull a muscle that hasn’t been stretched properly. Sports can also be hard on the joints because of the combination of quick movements and on the fly adjustments that occur often. This amount of impact and pressure can lead to joint stiffness, swelling or inflammation among athletes.   

How Can a Chiropractor Help?

Chiropractors are trained to assess, diagnose and manage sports related injuries. 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 treatment or rehabilitation plan.

The type of care offered by chiropractors is dependent on the injury and may include joint manipulation, mobilization, soft tissue therapies, adjunct modalities, rehabilitation and individualized exercises and lifestyle advice to restore proper function, enhance healing of damaged tissue and reduce pain.

Research

Several studies have revealed that chiropractic care is an effective tool for helping with sports related injury prevention and treatment. One study published in 2010 in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders  involved 59 Australian Rules footballers. Twenty-eight of the participants were subjected to sports chiropractic intervention and the rest were not.

After almost eight months of individualized treatment sessions, it was noted that, when compared to the control, there was a significant difference in lower-limb muscle strains for those who received chiropractic care.

Another study published by The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, involved 43 subjects with chronic, non-progressive knee pain. After undergoing three manual treatments per week for two consecutive weeks, the intervention group reported a significant decrease in the pain severity. They also reported improved knee mobility when compared to a control.

At-Home Relief Remedies

In addition to chiropractic care, there are also many things athletes can do at home to potentially speed up the recovery process.

RICE Method

If you hurt your ankle or knee or suffer another type of sprain or strain, use the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE). The RICE method is a simple self-care technique that helps reduce swelling, ease pain, and speed up healing.

Self Massage

According to the American Massage Therapy Association(AMTA), another home treatment method is a self-massage. To perform this treatment, just press four fingertips into the tissue surrounding the injured area while using soft, short strokes.  

Knee Strengthening Exercises

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), strengthening your knees is beneficial from both a prevention and treatment standpoint. This can be accomplished by regularly performing knee exercises such as straight-leg lifts, single-leg dips, wall squats and step ups.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet

The Medical News Today reports that an anti-inflammatory diet can help alleviate sports injury pain. To follow an anti-inflammatory diet, eat more fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon, sardines, trout, and tuna), berries, avocados, watermelon, grapes, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, cabbage, olives and olive oil.

Choose Goodyear Chiropractic

Here at Goodyear Chiropractic, we use a collaborative approach to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate, and educate the athlete. Our highly specialized team utilizes a “movement is medicine” approach to healing.

Whether you are a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, we will get you back in the game. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (414) 332-6001.