Sports Injuries at Pain Care Associates
Our chiropractors in Little Rock and also our chiropractors in Benton offers comprehensive treatments for sports injuries. According to a sports injury study, sports injuries occur very frequently in the US. There are close to 4 million injuries reported annually for children and teens alone. Contact sports are the most dangerous. Potential injuries are from contact with other players and overuse or misuse of a body part.
Blending both traditional and modern chiropractic techniques, our professional staff of licensed physical therapists and chiropractors administer effective treatment programs at one convenient location. We provide pain relief treatment for muscle pain, joint pain and chronic pain.
The American Chiropractic Organization illustrates numerous sports injuries that can be effectively treated by chiropractors. It often happens that those new to a sport are easily injured because they lack proper safety equipment or technique. The most common areas of injury are the spine, ankles, knees, elbows and shoulders.
Strains and Sprains
Strains and Sprains are injuries caused by injury to ligaments, muscles and tendons. Tendons attach muscle to bone while ligaments connect bones to one another. Muscles and tendons may be torn when a joint twist is excessive. Muscle and tendon tearing are called strains. Depending on the severity of the injury, treatment can range from surgery to immobilization of the injured area.
An ankle sprain is typically caused by tearing of one or more ligaments along the outside of the ankle. Similarly, knee injuries result in damage to knee ligaments. External supportive ligaments and smaller internal ligaments are often torn during sports activities. One common injury is erosion of the knee-cap. It is called chondromalacia patella.
Tendinosis or tendinitis
Tendinitis is a condition caused by overexertion during training. When this happens, overuse of one or more joints can result in pain or dysfunction. The pain is caused by inflammation from repetitive uses--tennis elbow is a classic example of a repetitive injury.
Some methods our staff might use to treat sports injuries are rest/immobilization, heat/cool, compression and joint manipulation. Rest is one of the most common forms of treatment. In most cases, 2 days of rest is sufficient recovery time. Long-term immobilization can be harmful to recovery. Your chiropractor will help you to decide how much rest is needed and when it’s safe to return to active sports participation.
Ice or heat is often effectively used to reduce pain and aid in recovery. Compression is a technique used to reduce swelling. Elevating an injured arm or leg above heart level is another method to prevent excessive swelling. Joint manipulation is very helpful for some types of recovery.
With physical therapy, we go a step further to help those who have incurred sports injuries to strengthen their bodies through individualized exercise programs. We construct the right stretches and exercises to help you recover both strength and mobility and help prevent recurrence of the injury.
Our sports therapy program includes home exercise, spinal stabilization, soft tissue and joint mobilization, and soft tissue and joint immobilization.