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Sports Injuries

Sports provide the perfect “arena” for injuries to the spine or extremities. Contact sports such as football, hockey, wrestling and rugby head the list of offenders, but non-contact sports such as skiing, skating, diving and track and field may also play a role. Whether you are a weekend athlete or a professional, there are a few things that all athletes have in common. They want to have the best possible performance in their chosen sport, and they both can get injured.

The most common types of injuries in sports include:

Athletes of all types can be prone to injuries including strains and sprains. Chiropractic care can help.

Athletes of all types can be prone to injuries including strains and sprains. Chiropractic care can help.

  • Sprain/strains-includes injuries to the ligaments and/or muscles in the body. In the neck, this may result in pain that radiates to the shoulders, back, arms and hands. Sprain/strains in the back can likewise result in pain radiating into the groin, buttocks, hips, thighs, legs and/or feet. Sprain/strains are also common in the extremity joints, such as the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee and ankle areas.
  • Fractures or dislocations-these are far more serious and may lead to spinal cord injuries that can produce paralysis.
  • Damage to discs-includes tears, ruptures or herniation.

A Balanced Approach

Chiropractic offers a balanced approach to the treatment and the healing of sports injuries. By using the chiropractic adjustment to return spinal segments and extremity joints to their normal mobility and by using therapeutic exercises to help the supportive tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments), chiropractic physicians help the injured areas return to normal function for optimal performance.

Many chiropractors have held permanent positions on all types of school, amateur and professional sports teams, including the Olympics and for good reason.

Even wiser than proper care of injuries is prevention. Regular chiropractic care, along with proper strengthening can help maintain your spine, extremities and nervous system to help with the stress of competition.

Our office specializes in providing safe, high quality care for sports injuries to help your body heal naturally-without drugs or surgery. Depending on the type of injury, chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy, rehabilitative exercises and/or lifestyle modifications may be required. To learn more, call (330) 758-4446 today!

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