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Playing sports is key to living an active and healthy life at any age. That said, when you play any type of sport, you have an increased risk of injury. At Proctor Chiropractic, located in Tacoma, WA, we often hear from our patients who have experienced a sports injury and wonder how the same chiropractic care they enjoy for neck or back pain can help them recover from the injury. We've put together this list of sports injury FAQ; we hope you find it helpful!
What causes sports injury?
There are many causes of sports injury. Ultimately, we find many people become injured when they do not have proper form or proper equipment, when they are training too hard, or when they are first taking up an activity and may lack knowledge or experience.
Will rest help heal a sports injury?
Yes, rest will help heal a sports injury. Ice will also help ease inflammation during the first 48 hours. After the injury, 48 hours of rest will allow inflammation to subside and the body's natural healing process to begin. After that point, it is important to get active and begin using the affected muscle. Chiropractic treatment can help ease the muscle back into action safely.
Can chiropractic treatment heal an old sports injury?
Many times, patients come to us asking whether we can heal a sports injury they sustained decades ago. Old sports injuries often leave you with scar tissue that inhibits the range of motion. The good news is, we can help you recover from the old injury by restoring your range of motion, breaking down this scar tissue using massage and physiotherapy, and bringing the bones and muscles back into proper alignment. It is never too late to get healthy!
How does chiropractic treatment help repetitive strains?
Repetitive strains occur when people do the same thing day in and day out, putting the underlying muscles under high levels of strain, tear the muscle tissue, and cause inflammation and irritation. Chiropractic treatment addresses underlying misalignments in your joints, muscles, bones, and tissue, increases your range of motion, and helps you adopt good form from then on. As a result, you will be able to play the sport you love without experiencing pain. We will also use complementary therapies like cold laser or physiotherapy to promote healing.
How does chiropractic treatment help falls or collision injuries?
A fall can cause disc misalignment or hernia. As a result, you will experience chronic pain of the back, neck, or shoulder. Chiropractic adjustments will bring the vertebrae back into proper alignment, to reduce stiffness and soreness, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain.
Whether you have a common sports injury like a strain, sprain, or repetitive stress injury, or suffered a severe sports injury that needs rehabilitation, chiropractic care can help you. To learn more about how our chiropractor can help you recover from your particular injury, please call 253-756-7500 and make an appointment today.