Playing sports helps you stay fit while enjoying some healthy competition, but you do run the risk of getting injured. Some sports injuries can put you on the sidelines and prevent you from returning if they’re left untreated. In fact, you might experience chronic pain and stiffness from those injuries. At Adler Family Chiropractic, Dr. David Adler provides chiropractic care for sports injuries for patients in Roswell, Georgia who have sports injuries or overuse injuries that affect their extremities.
Sports Injury and Extremity Q & A
by David N. Adler, DC
What causes sports injuries?
Sports injuries can occur from sudden trauma if you collide with another player or get hit with equipment, which tends to happen more often in contact sports. You can also develop damage from repetitive stress injuries if you overuse certain joints, such as swinging your arm frequently while playing tennis. Sudden pivots and turns, such as the kinds you do in basketball, can also cause sports injuries.
What are some common types of repetitive stress injuries?
Overuse injuries can affect different joints, including your knee, elbow, and shoulder joints. These injuries can occur from playing sports, but other activities, such as typing on a computer, can also cause them. Some common types of injuries from overuse include the following:
- Shoulder impingement or rotator cuff tendinitis
- Shin splints
- Bursitis caused by inflammation
- Tendinitis in the Achilles heel
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Other such injuries include:
Tennis elbow is a common sports injury, although you can get it from doing any activity that involves overusing your arm, such as painting. You might have pain that affects the outer part of your elbow and moves down your arm and wrist.
Lower Back Strain
Lower back strain can occur when you put too much pressure on your lower back muscles and other soft tissue while playing sports. This pressure can cause tears to form in these muscles, leading to pain and stiffness.
Runner’s knee refers to pain that you feel in the front part of your knee from overuse or imbalances in your hip and knee muscles. This can cause a dull pain when you try to bend your knee.
How does chiropractic care help sports injuries and repetitive stress injuries?
Chiropractic care ensures that your joints are in the right alignment, which helps relieve your symptoms while also giving your body a chance to heal properly. The adjustments that Dr. Adler makes ease pressure on affected nerves and allow your body to function as it should, so you can enjoy relief from pain and other symptoms.
The exact care you’ll get from Dr. Adler depends on the kind of injury you have, how long it’s been bothering you, and what caused it. After giving you a full evaluation, he’ll create a personalized treatment plan.