Even the most careful athletes in top condition can suffer from an injury. What happens after the injury is critical. With the right care, an athlete can achieve relief from pain faster. They can also shorten healing time and even possibly strengthen the injured area better than before the injury.
Chiropractors are a great choice for injury care and rehabilitation because they can offer a variety of techniques, therapies, and adjustments to provide the appropriate care and help to prevent permanent damage or future re-injury.
There are some sports-related injuries that chiropractors are best suited to care for. Here are some of the most common sports injuries that respond very well to chiropractic care.
Back pain and soreness are so common that many athletes think it’s just part of the business of playing a sport. But athletes don’t have to accept back pain as a fact of life. Chiropractic care can help back pain in many ways. A chiropractor can perform massage therapy either alone or with a spinal adjustment. The spinal adjustment helps to restore the vertebrae in the spine if they are out of alignment. Massage therapy can loosen strained muscles to help keep them from pulling the spine back out of alignment.
A chiropractor will also often recommend physical therapy that the athlete can do both in-office or at home, including doing core work. Often athletes assume that they are in great physical condition because they excel at their sport, not realizing they’ve overlooked a muscle group.
Swinging a golf club can put excess wear and tear on the shoulders. Throwing a baseball can strain the elbow. Performing the same task over and over, especially favoring one side, can throw the entire body out of alignment. Soreness and injury can happen both in the joint and in other parts of the body that may compensate for the injury.
Chiropractors can help restore balance with realignment and can incorporate physical therapy and massage to maintain or even improve range of motion and prevent irreparable damage.
It only takes a split second to go from a healthy knee to a career-threatening injury. Soccer, basketball, and many other sports are tough on knees. Chiropractors can help athletes recuperate from knee injuries and shorten healing times, leading to less pain medication and even less long-term damage.
But chiropractic care isn’t only for injured knees. A chiropractor can work with an athlete to create stronger, more stable knees while they are still healthy to keep them that way. A knee injury can end a season or a career, maybe before it even starts. Athletes reduce their risk of serious injury when they get regular care to strengthen the joints and maintain a full range of motion.
Nothing is more devastating to an athlete than a sudden sports-related injury. But even wear and tear from repeated hits, serves, or jumps take their toll and can impact performance. Chiropractic care addresses all the issues or injuries and develops a full, wraparound plan of care to get back to optimal health.
The team at Smith Chiropractic in El Paso, Texas, can help you to take charge and get back to peak performance.
To learn more about chiropractic care for sports injuries, contact Smith Chiropractic in El Paso, TX at (915) 233-3100 to get an evaluation today!