What Causes Sports and Accident Related Injuries
There are many causes of sports related injuries and it is dependent on what type of sports you play whether it is leisurely sport like golf or an impact sport like football. The top 5 causes of sports injuries are:
- Overtraining or Overuse and not giving your body enough time to recover between training sessions or games
- Imbalances in the spine or pelvis and muscles that leads to breakdown in muscle tissue from joint dysfunction
- Lack of proper rehabilitation work or accessories work giving rise to recurrent injuries
- Poor technique adaptations leading to stress and strain injuries
- Ignorance or not listening to your coach or your body
If you’re a competitive athlete or a mature aged athlete, it is important to get regular check-ups to ensure your body is functioning at its best and in good alignment when doing any sort of sports. More so if you are starting a new sport! When participating in sports, the general athlete should do these things to ensure any potential injuries are minimized and a longer career of their sport of choice:
- Mobility and Flexibility work: Athlete
- Strengthening and Accessories work: Athlete + Healthcare professional i.e., Chiro or Physio
- Rest and Recovery: Athlete
- Maintenance therapy of muscle dysfunction and joint imbalances: Healthcare professional i.e., Chiro or Physio
Symptoms of Sports and Accident Related Injuries
Symptoms of sports and accident related injuries vary depending on the severity of the condition you may have and these can include:
Sudden and Sharp Pain
Bone or Joint Visibly Out of Place
General Weakness and Tenderness
How can Chiropractic help?
Diagnose the right condition for a personalised treatment
Our chiropractors will assess the cause and severity of your condition with a physical assessment during the consultation. In addition to the physical exam, we'll look into your past medical history and any recent X-ray results available to pinpoint the cause of the pain. Determining the source of the pain is essential to recommend the right method of treatment and rehabilitation. Treatment will be customised to your condition and these options can include:
To improve joint function and alleviate the stress on your affected body parts.
Increases blood flow and reduces inflammation while promoting healing in tears, sprains, and strains.
Relaxes contracted muscles and releases the fascia that covers the muscle.
Electrotherapy (TENS machine)
TENS help to block the transmission of pain signals along the nerves and also release the body’s natural painkillers, endorphins.
Holds muscles and bone together, reduces pain, and aids recovery.
Active Release Therapy
Usually applied for patients with chronic pain issues to treat the soft injury tissue by breaking the adhesions.
Providing long-term care as your healthcare partner
Whole-Body Treatment Approach
Our chiropractors adopt a whole-body treatment approach to evaluate your pain areas as a whole because other regions of the neck (cervical), mid back (thoracic) and low back (lumbar) may be affected as well. We aim to treat the “whole person,” not just to treat your specific symptoms.
Advice on Posture, Exercises, Diet and Nutrition
In order to treat the root of chronic pains that are recurring over time, our chiropractors seek to understand your lifestyle and work demands so as to provide personalised patient-centric care and advice over a longer time horizon as your healthcare partner.