Sports injuries are common injuries that occur when someone is exercising or participating in a specific sport. According to the National Safety Council’s analysis, most sports injuries are related to exercise and exercise equipment, bicycles and their accessories, basketball, football, or playground equipment. Although in many cases sports-related injuries can’t be avoided, some of the injuries could be prevented. Or once they occur, they could be better managed. How? With some foresight and proper care.
When it comes to injury prevention and management, one of the best choices is chiropractic care. In the following, we will discuss the importance of injury prevention and how sports injuries can be managed effectively by a chiropractor.
The Importance of Injury Prevention
The most common injuries people sustain during sports activities are ankle sprains, shin splints, groin pulls, tennis elbow, head injuries, and knee injuries such as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. It should be easy to understand why an injury caused by sudden high-impact force is hard to prevent. However, some sports injuries are associated with underlying issues that you could avoid if you address them early on. Let’s see which are the most common health issues that can potentially lead to injuries:
- Muscle weakness, especially the weakness of core muscles
- Muscle imbalances
- Spine misalignment, or sometimes the misalignment of another local joint
- Poor movement patterns regarding sport-specific or even daily movements
- Joint or muscle stiffness that limits the range of motion
- Poor health
The best way to address these root issues is by finding a health professional who understands the importance of injury prevention and can help determine your weaknesses that can contribute to a future injury. One of the best options is seeing a chiropractor as they can recognize even slight changes in the alignment of your spine or other local joints. Also, they can identify incorrect movement patterns that need to be addressed. Chiropractors often recommend adjustments, exercise programs, improvement of movement patterns, or lifestyle changes in order to prevent injuries in the future and increase your abilities to participate in sports.
Management of Acute Sports Injuries
If you have already sustained an injury, it’s too late for preventative actions. This is when the focus needs to be switched to promoting better healing ability for the affected tissues. Chiropractors can also help with the management of acute sports injuries. This is because they can help relieve your pain, restore your body’s innate balance, and restore your proper spine alignment to enhance your nerve energy flow. This way, you can heal more quickly and your recovery will be sustainable in the long term as well.
Don’t Wait Until An Injury Occurs
Most people think that they should seek help from a health professional only when they feel that something is wrong or they have a few symptoms. Yet, you should not ignore the benefits of taking preventative measures. Don’t wait until an injury occurs – if you can, take action before!
Consider finding a chiropractor who is certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) in your area. These experts received thorough training in evidence-based practices that help them address any imbalances within the body holistically. Thus, the risks of sustaining a future injury will be significantly lower, and present injuries can also be managed with long-lasting results.
If you live in the area of Newport Beach, CA, Dr. Tyler Meier and his team at CorePosture Chiropractic are CBP-certified. Contact their office today and see what they can do for you to prevent injuries down the road or manage your sports injury.