A sports injury can be devastating, especially if you’re a professional athlete. The good news is board certified chiropractor Dr. Chevigny and his team of wellness professionals at MindBody Med in Seattle, WA, can treat a variety of sports injuries.
Common Sports Injuries Treated By A Chiropractor
Athletes often push their bodies to the limit and repeat the same actions over and over again. This can lead to strain and ailments in muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
- Sprains, Strains, & Tears
- Knee Injuries
- Frozen Shoulder (Rotator Cuff Injuries)
- Plantar Fasciitis
Sprains, Strains, & Tears
One of the most common sports injuries is sprains, strains, or tears. Sprains occur when the ligaments that connect your bones are overstretched. They are most common in the ankle and wrists. Strains are the stretching or tearing of the muscle or the tendon that connects muscle to bone. Strains most often affect the back or hamstrings.
Tears are more serious and happen when the fibrous tissue of a ligament, tendon, or muscle is ripped. They are not only painful but can make the joint feel unstable. Sometimes a tear may require surgery.
Knee injuries are also common among athletes. ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears make up nearly 40% of all sports injuries. Other common knee pains and ailments are dislocations and fractures.
Frozen Shoulder (Rotator Cuff Injuries)
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is common in sports that overwork the rotator cuff muscles such as volleyball, tennis, or weight lifters. Frozen shoulder happens when the shoulder capsule thickens and tightens. The shoulder becomes stiff and can sometimes become impossible to move.
Sciatica is a pain that starts in the back and spreads down the legs. Sciatica can cause pain, burning, tingling, and numbness. Sports like tennis or golf which require an athlete to repeatedly twist the torso, or activities like cycling or rowing that require you to remain bent for extended periods can aggravate sciatica.
Plantar Fasciitis is common among runners. It happens when the thick band of tissue that connects the heel of your foot to your toes becomes inflamed, stiff, and painful. Sometimes it can feel like a stabbing pain at the heel of your foot.
Dislocations are most common in high-contact sports like football. Dislocations are when the joints are separated and can cause intense pain and nerve damage. This type of injury requires immediate medical attention.
How Can A Chiropractor Help With A Sports Injury?
Chiropractic care can help alleviate symptoms, improve mobility, and reduce pain with stretches, movements, exercises, and adjustments to the spine and other areas of the body. In the event your condition is severe enough to require surgery, a chiropractor can also help with the rehabilitation process. Treatments may not only speed up the healing process but help prevent future injuries.
- Quicker Recovery Time
- Improve Mobility
- Reduce Pain
- Restore Misaligned Vertebrae Disks
- Stabilize Joints
- Help With Rehabilitation Process After Surgery
- Help Prevent Future Injuries
Sports Injury Treatment & Pain Relief In Seattle
If you are experiencing swelling, pain, or numbness due to a sports injury, don’t hesitate to seek treatment. You don’t want to make your injury worse by pushing through the pain. Our team at MindBody Med in Seattle, WA offers a variety of alternative medicine, including holistic chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, and dry needling. We work with all different types of athletes at all different levels.