16 Jan 2019
CHIROPRACTIC FOR ATHLETIC INJURIES
16 Jan 2019
What’s more frustrating than going for a run and the next day having shin splints? Or going to play hockey and spraining an ankle or straining a hamstring? Or going back to the ski hill after 8 months off and noticing a reoccurrence of your plantar fasciitis?
All of these types of “athletic injuries” normally occur via two different mechanisms:
- Starting to use muscle groups that have been inactive for a long period of time (usually weeks/months)
- Overusing muscle groups which lead to overuse injuries
If you are someone who commonly suffers from these type of injuries which also include: golfers elbow, tennis elbow, shoulder pain and many others the good news is that they are usually easy to relieve and easy to prevent with proper treatment, exercises and stretches.
Athletic type injuries are also unique in that there is a wide range of treatment options that can have excellent benefits such as:
- Soft Tissue- manual or instrument assisted
- Stretching/Active Release
- Electric Stimulation
- Rehabilitation Exercises
Often a combination of multiple treatment options is the most effective and produces the best results. For example, plantar fasciitis often responds well to a combination of soft tissue work on the foot, stretching and active release of the calf, mobilization/manipulation of the ankle, taping of the plantar surface of the foot and proper instruction on home stretches.
However, it is important to note with these injuries that the earlier the treatment, the quicker the recovery. If you think you have any of these conditions make sure to get them evaluated and treatment started as soon as possible to get you out of pain and quickly back to your athletic activity of choice!
Dr. Shannon Bloch, DC
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