Sports injuries are common among athletes and people who live physically active lifestyles. Luckily, the team at Joint Effort Chiropractic in White Plains, New York, can help. Jonathan Donath, DC, and Vinh Tran, DC, CCSP, are trained in helping athletes recover from sports injuries. We specialize in treating frozen shoulder, golf injuries, shin splints, and much more. Call our office today to book an appointment or use our online scheduling tool.
Many sports injuries are caused by overuse and straining of muscles. This can be prevented by proper stretching before and after exercise and sports. Some common injuries seen in people who play sports are:
In addition to stretching before and after exercise, you also want to rest your muscles and give them time to heal. This means taking some days off to let your body recover. It’s also a good idea to stay well hydrated and drink plenty of water during sports. If you play a contact sport, wear the proper protective gear to avoid getting hurt.
If you get hurt, try to ice the affected area right away. This helps keep swelling and inflammation down. You’ll want to rest the injured area and keep it elevated. This also helps with swelling. Using a compression bandage helps give you some extra support.
If you get hurt while playing a sport, stop playing right away. Continuing to play can cause you more harm and worsen the injury.
In cases of severe swelling, bruising, or any obvious deformities, it’s important to seek help from a doctor right away. If you’ve tried at-home treatments, such as ice, compression bandages, or over-the-counter pain relievers, and still do not feel better, call a doctor.
If you play sports year-round, your doctor may recommend you only play sports during specific seasons to help reduce your risk of overuse and injury. You may want to ask your doctor how long you’ll need to recover before you can play again.
Your doctor may prescribe a sling, cast, or stronger pain relievers depending on the extent of your injury. If you have signs of a concussion, such as lethargy, dizziness, or trouble with your memory, your doctor may want to monitor you frequently to resolve your symptoms.
If you have a sports injury and would like to get chiropractic treatment, call us today at Joint Effort Chiropractic or book an appointment online.