When you suffer an acute injury while playing sports, you want to get it checked out quickly so that it doesn’t develop into a chronic injury that creates ongoing pain and debilitation. Get back in your game with supportive, healing therapies at Spring Creek Chiropractic & Massage in Plano, Texas. Guided by expert chiropractor Jake Hennen, DC, the Spring Creek Chiropractic & Massage team creates an individualized treatment plan so you can eliminate pain, regain function, and get back to the serious business of play. Call our friendly staff or book an appointment online.
Whether you’re a professional athlete, school athlete, or weekend warrior, the unique stresses that your body endures during athletic exertion increase your risk for injury. Some of the most common types of sports injuries are:
You can injure any body part while playing sports, but your joints — especially your knees and shoulders — are particularly at risk.
When your body is injured, it goes into a repair mode that includes rushing blood and proinflammatory factors to the site of the injury. If your injury heals within a few days, the inflammation and swelling subside.
If you don’t treat an injury and continue to stress the damaged tissue, inflammation and pain can become ongoing. Chronic inflammation stresses your body and weakens affected tissues, raising your risk for reinjury and, eventually, for arthritis.
When you’re injured in the thick of a game, you may not notice symptoms until the game’s over and your adrenaline levels return to normal. As soon as you’re aware of an injury, however, you should begin treatment. If it’s a minor injury, initiate the RICE protocol:
The RICE protocol minimizes swelling while allowing your body to repair the injury. If you have a severe injury that’s painful, bleeding, dislocated, or discolored, see Dr. Hennen right away or go to the nearest emergency room.
Dr. Hennen and his team at Spring Creek Chiropractic & Massage base their treatments on the type of injury you have as well as conditions that may have contributed to your injury. For instance, if you’ve sprained an ankle, you might have a gait disturbance caused by a misaligned spine. Some treatments that could help you heal from sports injuries include:
Many of these therapies can become part of a sports-injury prevention program, too.
To get relief from a sports injury or reduce your risk for one, contact Spring Creek Chiropractic & Massage by phone or online form.