A sports injury is a type of physical injury that occurs while playing sports or exercising. They are common in amateur and professional athletes and can range from minor to severe. The most common sports injuries treated at Stillwell Family Chiropractic and Massage in Kent include strains, sprains, fractures, and concussions.
Common Injuries That Occur in Sports
Sports are a great way to stay active and improve your overall health, but they also come with a certain amount of risk. While most sports injuries are minor and heal independently with rest and home care, some can be more serious and require professional treatment. Here are some of the most common types of sports injuries:
A strain is a personal injury to a muscle or tendon, which are the tissues that connect muscles to bones. Strains usually happen when a muscle is stretched beyond its limits or forcefully contracted. Symptoms of a strain include pains in the affected area, muscle spasms, weakness, and swelling.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when the head is suddenly and forcefully hit. Concussions can range from mild to severe and cause symptoms like headaches, dizziness, nausea, and confusion.
A sprain is a personal injury to a ligament, which is the tissue that connects bones. Sprains usually occur when a joint is violently twisted or turned beyond its normal range of motion. Symptoms of a sprain include pain, swelling, and bruising.
When a bone is broken or cracked, it’s called a fracture. Fractures can happen from a direct blow to the bone or repetitive stress on the bone, such as from running. Symptoms of a fracture include pain, swelling, and bruising.
Chiropractic Care for Sports Injuries
A personal injury chiropractor can provide treatment for sports injuries, depending on the type and severity of the injury. Some common chiropractic treatments for sports injuries include:
This type of hands-on treatment involves moving the joints beyond their normal range of motion. Spinal manipulation can help in pain relief and improve your range of motion.
Massage therapy can help relax the muscles and reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling.
Exercise and Rehabilitation
A personal injury chiropractor will often prescribe exercises and stretches to help strengthen the muscles and tissues around the injury. These exercises are often combined with other treatments, such as massage therapy and spinal manipulation.
Contact Our Chiropractor to Schedule an Appointment
If you’re suffering from a sports injury, Dr. Stillwell at Stillwell Family Chiropractic and Massage in Kent can provide pain relief. Call our team today at (253) 839-2225 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.