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3 Common Sports Injuries and How a Chiropractor Can Help by Southside Chiropractic & Car Injury Clinic

3 Common Sports Injuries and How a Chiropractor Can Help

Sports injuries are extremely common. It doesn’t matter whether you are an adult or a child. If you play sports, at some time you are likely to get injured. There are actually 8.6 million people every year that receive sports injuries.

Not all sports injuries are catastrophic. However, they can all potentially cause problems. If you have been injured while playing a sport, you should seek out the help of a qualified chiropractor right away.

Three Common Sports Injuries

All types of sports come with their own common injuries. Yet, the three injuries listed below are the most typically across all sports.

1. Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is not an injury just for tennis players. In fact, even people outside of athletics—like musicians, butchers, and painters—can suffer from tennis elbow. In medical terminology, the tennis elbow is called lateral epicondylitis. It is a repetitive injury that occurs when the tendons around your elbow are injured. Most often the tendon injuries resulting in tennis elbow happen because of the motion of your wrist and forearm.

2. Knee Injuries

Knee injuries are a frequent problem for any type of athlete. If you are an athlete, you use your knees a lot. This can result in repetitive injuries like tendinitis. But, a sporting event can also cause breaks, fractures, ACL (the anterior cruciate ligament) injuries, and a torn meniscus.The type of knee injury you have will determine the course of treatment we recommend.

3. Strains or Sprains

Finally, strains and sprains are probably the most common type of sports injuries. They are one of the most common types of injuries in general. Strains are injuries to a muscle or tendon. A sprain is an injury to a ligament. You can have strains or sprains anywhere. Most sports-related sprains and strains occur in the limbs, low back, and neck. The symptoms will help your chiropractor determine the type and severity of the strain or sprain. Level one is an irritation that likely results in swelling and soreness. Level two is a partial tear. And level three is a full tear.

How a Chiropractor Can Help

Chiropractors are crucial for treating and preventing sports injuries. Regular chiropractic appointments will keep your body supple and flexible. Chiropractic treatments also allow your body to heal more rapidly. So, you will be playing sports again in no time.

Let’s look at how a chiropractor can help the most common sports injuries.

  1. Tennis elbow is often treated by joint manipulation, strengthening and stretching exercises, and cold therapy. Your chiropractor may also recommend a period of rest to help the ligaments heal.
  2. Knee injury treatments are most often determined by the type of injury. However, your chiropractor will likely mobilize the joint, use soft tissue massage, provide exercise and lifestyle advice, and recommend a course of rehabilitation.
  3. Manual therapies are essential for the treatment of strains and sprains. Chiropractors will also recommend exercises for these sports injuries as well.

Don’t let a sports injury take you or your child out of the game for good. If you have been injured while playing a sport, contact Southside Chiropractic Car Injury Clinic right away.

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