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SPORTS INJURIES

SPORTS INJURIES

Sports injuries are common among athletes of all levels, from amateur enthusiasts to professional competitors. They can range from minor sprains and strains to severe fractures and ligament tears, often resulting from overuse, improper training techniques, or accidents during play. Understanding and addressing these injuries is critical to maintaining athletic performance and overall health.

Sports medicine is the specialized field of healthcare dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries. It integrates various disciplines, including orthopedics, physical therapy, nutrition, and exercise physiology, to provide comprehensive care tailored to the unique needs of athletes. By focusing on both injury prevention and effective treatment strategies, sports medicine professionals help athletes recover quickly and safely, ensuring they can return to their sport with minimized risk of re-injury.

 

These are a few of the sports injuries and common complaints that we treat at the office. 


 

Sprains

A sprain is an injury to the ligaments around a joint. Ligaments are strong, flexible fibers that hold bones together. When a ligament is stretched too far or tears, the area around the joint will become painful and swollen. Following this initial stage of swelling and pain, patients can notice instability or abnormal motion of the joint, which can cause chronic pain. It is important to evaluate to determine the extent of the damage and have a plan to rehab the injury to return to 100%.

Strains

A muscle strain, also known as a pulled or torn muscle, is a painful injury that occurs when a muscle is stretched too far and tears. It can be caused by exercise, sports, sudden movements, or lifting something too heavy. Patients can notice limited mobility, muscle spasms, sharp/stabbing pain, or aching across the joint when a strain occurs. 

Tendonitis 

Tendonitis is the inflammation or irritation of a tendon, often caused by repetitive motion or overuse. Commonly affected areas include the shoulders, elbows, wrists, and knees. Early treatment with rest, ice, and chiropractic care can help alleviate pain and prevent further injury.

 

Bursitis

Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursae, small fluid-filled sacs that cushion bones, tendons, and muscles near joints. It commonly affects the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees due to repetitive movements or prolonged pressure. Treatment typically involves rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and swelling.

 

Impingement

Impingement syndrome occurs when the shoulder's tendons or bursa are compressed during arm movements, causing pain and inflammation. This condition is often due to repetitive overhead activities or poor posture. Treatment includes rest, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications to alleviate symptoms and improve shoulder function.

 

Plantar Fasciitis 

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, causing heel pain. It often results from overuse, improper footwear, or excessive standing. Treatment includes rest, stretching exercises, and supportive footwear to relieve pain and promote healing.

 

Knee Pain

Knee pain can result from injuries, arthritis, or repetitive stress, affecting mobility and quality of life. Common causes include ligament tears, meniscus injuries, and inflammation from conditions like osteoarthritis. Effective treatments range from rest and physical therapy to medications and, in severe cases, surgical intervention.

IT band Syndrome

IT band syndrome is caused by inflammation of the iliotibial band. This tissue runs outside the thigh from the hip to the knee. It commonly affects runners and cyclists, leading to pain and tenderness on the outer knee. Treatment involves rest, stretching, and strengthening exercises to alleviate pain and prevent recurrence.

 

Achilles Pain 

Achilles pain often stems from Achilles tendinitis, an overuse injury causing inflammation of the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone. This condition typically affects athletes and individuals who increase their activity levels suddenly. Treatment includes rest, ice, stretching, and strengthening exercises to reduce pain and promote healing.

 

Hip Flexor Strain 

Hip flexor strain occurs when the muscles that help lift your knee and bend your waist become overstretched or torn, causing pain and stiffness. This injury is common in athletes who perform repetitive motions like running or kicking. Treatment includes rest, ice, and gentle stretching exercises to promote recovery and prevent further injury.

 

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Who Should I See For My Sports Injury?

Chiropractic care can effectively treat conditions like tendonitis, bursitis, impingement syndrome, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, IT band syndrome, Achilles pain, and hip flexor strain. Chiropractors use spinal adjustments and targeted therapies to reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, and restore mobility. 

Through personalized treatment plans, including manual adjustments, stretching, and strengthening exercises, chiropractic care addresses the root causes of these conditions, promoting natural healing and long-term wellness.

 

If you have any symptoms or are concerned about a previous injury, do not hesitate to call Skyline Chiropractic and Sports Medicine and schedule a consultation. We're here to help you get back to doing what you love. Let's get you back to your activity in no time!

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Strains
Tendonitis
Bursitis
Impingement
Plantar Fasciitis
Knee Pain
IT Band Syndrome
Achilles Pain
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A qualified sports practitioner can help keep the athlete’s body in proper balance to allow for maximum performance on and off the field. Dr. Zorn will help create a plan to help restore balance to your body and build strength over time.

Sports injuries vary in severity, but no matter what the injury seeking an expert opinion is always a good option to have. Contact Skyline Chiropractic & Sports Medicine today to make an appointment and take back your life – (724) 203-0783

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Stress fractures can also be considered overuse injuries. These can occur when the bone becomes fatigued from increased amounts of stress. Typically this fracture occurs in runners.

 

Sports injuries can also take place from abnormal spinal motion. Since sports are played in a linear field, throwing a ball straight at 90 mph, kicking a 40-yard field goal, or hitting a golf ball 300 yards, the torque needed to generate the force to perform these movements comes around the spinal axis. Excessive motions can cause aberrant motion in the joints and muscles to shorten.

Contact Skyline Chiropractic & Sports Medicine at (724) 203-0783 today to learn more about how chiropractic can help you recover and get back to your game.

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