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Being active is fun and generally healthy, but certain sports are also known for having a high chance of causing injuries. Sports injuries typically result from making sharp moves while running, but they can also be caused by sudden impacts or even repetitive motions. Here are some of the common types that arise in both professional and amateur games:
Football is so well-known for causing knee injuries that it has become a trope. The sudden changes in direction that are made while trying to avoid a tackle put plenty of strain on the knee, and many people – at all levels of skill – end up with pain in this joint after a single wrong move. That said, football isn't the only culprit. "Blown" knees are also common in baseball, basketball, and soccer.
Chiropractors like Dr. Santjer of Atlantic Chiropractic & Rehab can do much to help you avoid or postpone knee surgery. Their ability to manipulate bones into better positions is key. Therapeutic massage is also offered by the clinic to further reduce pain and improve mobility.
A sport doesn't have to be particularly active to cause back problems over time. Golf, for example, involves twisting at the waist, shoulders, and other places in order to perform long drives. This often results in back and shoulder problems as stresses are repetitively placed on the same parts of the body.
Impact sports are also bad for the back. Being tackled in football involves concentrated force, and if you get hit in the back in the process, your vertebrae can be knocked out of alignment or your discs ruptured.
In both cases, your chiropractor in Chesapeake VA will use spinal manipulation to return your back to its proper alignment. This will do much to reduce pain. Physical therapy may also be recommended in order to strengthen your back so it is less prone to injury in the future.
This is another problem that's common to both impact sports and golf. With golf, one of the keys to prevention is to use good form. Otherwise, excessive wear can be put on the joint and cause inflammation.
Shoulder damage is harder to avoid in sports like football and baseball. In these sports, it's common to shoulder through the opposition, end up on your shoulder after a slide or fall, and otherwise be exposed to a force that directly impacts this part. It's a good idea to set up regular sessions with your chiropractor to keep everything in order, especially if you're a frequent player.
If you've suffered sports injuries or would like help preventing them, just contact us here at Atlantic Chiropractic & Rehab. Our telephone number is 757.547.4325, and we'll be glad to help.