It is possible to be injured in any sport. The sport does not have to be full body contact or aggressive. Even training can cause injuries. This isn’t to say that sports should be avoided, but proper care of the body should not be avoided either. This is where a chiropractor like Dr. Overton comes in.
In full contact sports, injuries can range from mild to very serious. Sports like rugby and football can injure small joints, lead to sprains or strains, or may cause more serious injuries like concussions or whiplash. Activities with less one-on-one contact also have their pitfalls. In sports like tennis and golf, some injuries also include sprains and strains, but injuries like tendinitis and brachial plexus are common as well. If ignored, any of these can lead to more serious problems.
Sprains are injuries to the joints (most commonly ankles and wrists) that are caused by dislocating the joint and tearing the tendons or ligaments of the joint. When a joint is sprained, it is often placed out of alignment. Seeing a chiropractor is critical for proper recovery because a chiropractor is a licensed doctor that specializes in joints. A chiropractor will reset the joint properly, allowing for better healing. Strains are similar to sprains, though less severe.
Concussions are traumatic brain injuries, often caused by a blow to the head. Concussions can also be a result of the neck whipping back and forth. After proper emergency care is sought, a chiropractor is a great option for re-setting the bones in the neck, allowing for proper blood flow to the brain, and thus, faster healing. With the proper care and therapy, concussions are usually temporary.
Whiplash is caused by violent movement, either forward and backward or side-to-side, of the neck. When the neck is thrown so hard, the tendons and ligaments in the neck can be damaged. Symptoms of whiplash are severe headaches, migraines, or neck/shoulder pain. If whiplash is not treated properly, symptoms of whiplash can persist for long periods of time. A chiropractor is ideal in this situation because he or she can put the joints of the neck back into place, which allows the tendons and ligaments to fall back into place and heal properly. Chiropractic care is also known to reduce headaches.
Tendinitis is common in sports with a lot of repetitive movement of the joints, like tennis. Tennis elbow is a common name for tendinitis, though it can be present in any joint. Tendonitis is an injury to the soft tissues of a joint and is often accompanied by inflammation, swelling, tingling, or burning. In severe cases, ignoring this type of injury can lead to loss of use of the joint.
Brachial Plexus can be identified by the burning or stinging pain that shoots from the shoulder into the arm, and sometimes all the way down to the hand. It is a separation of the nerves in the neck to the shoulder. Ignoring this pain can lead to paralysis in the joints of the arm and hand. Seeking care from a chiropractor like Dr. Overton in Columbus, GA is a smart choice after any sports injury. Chiropractors will look at the root cause of the pain, treat each patient individually with tailored plans, and will employ many different therapy techniques to reduce and eliminate pain altogether.
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