Common Sports Injuries
Some of the most common injuries as a result of a specific sport include:
- Sprains and strains
- Stress fractures and shin splints
Sprains occur when the muscles and tendons are stretched beyond their normal range of motion. Strains occur when the ligaments are stretched or torn.
Tendonitis occurs when a particular area of the body is overused, resulting in pain, swelling and painful movement. When the joints are overused, the tendons become inflamed, causing the joint to move incorrectly. Tendonitis can occur in any joint of the body but most often occurs in the wrists, elbows, knees and shoulders. Common tendonitis injuries include carpel tunnel syndrome, tennis and golfers elbow, runner’s knee and rotator cuff injuries.
Stress fractures occur when activity is increased rapidly before the body has been properly conditioned. Stress fractures most commonly occur in the feet, ankles and shins and result in pain, mild to moderate swelling and pain or difficulty when walking. Shin splints occur when the muscles in the lower leg become inflamed. Specifically, this affects the muscles used in raising the foot towards the shin. Like stress fractures, shin splints are typically the direct result of rapidly increasing activity levels without proper conditioning or preparation. Shin splints cause pain and minor swelling.
Natural Sports Injury Treatment in Edmonds
Here at, Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage Clinic, we diagnose and treat sports injuries naturally so that you can get back to your healthy and active lifestyle. The moment you feel pain or hear an odd noise from your body while exercising or participating in an activity immediately stop the activity. Pain and cracking or popping noises indicate that an injury has been experienced.
Applying ice and heat and resting the injured area for 48 hours can lessen the pain and promote healing. However, after 48 hours, resting is not beneficial and chiropractic care should be utilized to heal your injury and reduce your recovery time.
We offer chiropractic adjustments, corrective exercises, nutritional counseling, lifestyle advice and massage therapy for the healing of sports injuries. Chiropractic adjustments ensure that your joints and vertebrae are in their proper alignment. This promotes proper joint movements and removes excess pressure from the surrounding muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves.
Corrective exercises help strengthen injured muscles and promote proper movement so that healing can take place and the likelihood of future injuries is reduced.
Nutritional counseling can help you eat the right foods for your body and ensure that you are getting the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals. Lifestyle advice can teach you new ways to do common tasks so that you do not reinjure yourself during the healing process or after you are healed.
Massage therapy helps increase blood flow, promotes relaxation and reduces body and muscle pain.
To schedule an appointment with our chiropractor in Edmonds for your sports injury, call our office at (425) 361-1839.