Mission Valley Chiropractor: SPORTS INJURIES
San Diego Chiropractor helps athletes with sports injuries get back on the field
Every active sportsperson knows how much frustrating a recurring injury is. It can affect performance and even put an end to a sporting life.
Causes of sports injuries
Inappropriate training methods, improper use of training equipment and excessive training are the most common causes of sports injuries. However, structural imbalances and muscle misalignment can cause injuries commonly seen in ankles, knees, elbows, shoulder and spine.
Sports injuries are also caused by traumatic force to the joint causing hyperflexion and hyperextension. A good example is a knee injury caused by quick deceleration, rotation and hyperextension.
Sports injuries can occur in several forms
Back and neck injuries
The spine is also susceptible to injury. Intervertebral discs between spine joints act as shock absorbers when one is walking, running, and jumping. Sports injuries can cause these discs to become herniated and inflamed leading to pain and immobilization.
Whiplash injuries occur when the neck is pushed forward and backward quickly in a whipping motion. This may cause damage to the intervertebral disks in the neck leading to inflammation and a lot of pain. This is a common injury in contact sports. Pinched nerves lead to pain down the arms or sciatic pain down the legs, which is common in people who overtrain.
Symptoms of sports injuries
Dull burning pain
Chiropractic care is necessary for sports injuries. A chiropractor can help treat a sports injury and rehabilitate a joint or muscle to working condition. He can diagnose the cause of pain and dysfunction by careful examination and review of history of the injury.
Chiropractors use two main techniques in treating injuries.
A chiropractor is skilled in safe manual adjustments of joints. This is done to line up the bones properly, balance them and relieve tension from stressed bones. The chiropractor does this by placing the patient in several positions while applying impulse to the affected joint. The release of tension in the joint will sometimes produce cracking sounds which is caused by release of gas in the joints. This is called cavitation.
This is where a chiropractor will require a gentler approach as he uses tools and stretches to mobilize the joint.
Other effective forms of treatment include soft tissue therapy and adjunct modalities. The chiropractor also prescribes individualized exercises for better rehabilitation and stability.
Seeing a chiropractor when suffering a sports injury is necessary to completely heal a joint and prevent further injury in the future.
Unlike conventional health care, chiropractic care is a non-drug and non-surgical, safe alternative health care. It is safe even for people that are suffering from other conditions as arthritis, or injury and pregnancy.
Most PPO insurance companies also cover the cost of chiropractic care. If you have a sports injury or any of the above symptoms, visit the Mission Valley chiropractor for evidence-based, quality, safe and effective back pain relief.
With over 15 years experience, Dr. Kim Khauv is an award winning, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) public health and prevention trained, National Board certified, corrective care chiropractor who has published and presented research nationally and internationally in chiropractic care, wellness, and prevention. He provides safe, effective, and evidence-based chiropractic care to his patients both at his private practice in Mission Valley, San Diego and to active duty military members at Navy Medical Center San Diego. Conditions that have responded well to chiropractic care are headaches, migraines, neck pain, back pain, pregnancy related back pain, sciatica, and auto injuries. Call 619-862-3195 today to start enjoying life again.