Sports Injuries & Chiropractic Care | Highland Park, Il

Sports Injury

Being involved in sports is good for physical health. It may improve your mood, reduce stress, and be great for improving mental health. The good news is that physical activity among U.S. citizens is on the rise,[1]and that includes here in Highland Park and surrounding areas. Unfortunately, because of the increase in sports participation, we are also seeing an increase in sports-related injuries. What are the chances of getting injured, sports that cause the most injuries, and are the most common sport causing head injuries? Will you need treatment or sports injury rehabilitation? Maybe you’re wondering how to prevent sports injuries. Keep reading to discover the answers to some of the most common questions regarding sports and sports injury rehabilitation.

How common are sports injuries?

Out of an estimated 30 million children and teens that participate in sports each year, about 3.5 million of them face some kind of sports-related injury.[1]

Overall, there are over 2.9 million sports-related injuries every year with over one-third of these occurring at a playground, sports facility, or an athletic field.[2]

According to a report by the National Institute of Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, there were over 2.6 million children under the age of 19 who were treated in emergency departments with sports-related musculoskeletal injuries in the period of one year.[3]

The most common musculoskeletal sports injuries are sprains, which involve the stretching or tearing of a ligament, and strains, which are muscle or tendon injuries. Growth plate injuries and repetitive motion injuries are also common.

What sports cause the most injuries?

Sports that involve contact and jumping cause the most injuries such as basketball, American football, wrestling, baseball, and soccer.

You may also be concerned about head injuries, for yourself or your child. Fatality from playing sports is not common, but if it happens, it is most often related to a traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries are not always severe, and often result in temporary confusion or change in mental state.[4]

What is the most common sport causing head injuries?

The answer is cycling, football, and baseball (or softball) are known to be in the top three.

Many times you may not even know you have an injury but will feel pain. Some pain may not even be felt until later on in life. You could have been injured in sport as a child and now you have back pain. It’s common to experience lower back pain from sports injuries as well. You may also feel pain elsewhere, such as your hips, head, or neck.

Before you decide to opt-out of sports altogether to prevent any of these injuries from happening to you or your child, you should know that there are ways to prevent sports injuries from happening.

How to prevent sports injuries

When it comes to sports medicine and injury care, prevention needs to come first. Here are some things you can do to optimize prevention:

  • Wear the right gear, and make sure it fits. Athletes wear helmets and pads for a reason, so whichever sport you choose, make sure you have all the appropriate gear and make sure it is properly fitted.
  • Warm yourself up. Pitchers don’t just go out to the mound and start throwing 90 mph fastballs. They take time warming up first. No matter which sport you are playing, make sure to warm up properly.
  • If it hurts, stop. Pain is your body’s way of saying, “something is wrong.” If you have an injury, playing through the pain can make it worse.
  • Rest when you need to. It’s okay to take a day off and your body will thank you for it.
  • Move properly. Using proper technique and keeping your spine in alignment can help tremendously.
  • Chiropractic care is an effective way to make sure your body is working optimally.

Chiropractic care for injury prevention and rehabilitation in sport

Chiropractic care can make your body move better. It’ll give you a better range of motion, improve coordination, help you to heal faster, and give you energy. Receiving regular chiropractic treatments can help to alleviate pain.

Following the steps to prevent injury will lessen your chance of getting hurt. But unfortunately, accidents can still happen. When they do, you will need the right sports injury rehabilitation and treatment.

Sports injury treatment

If you get injured during sports, you will probably go right to your doctor, an urgent care clinic, or the emergency room. Your doctor may do x-rays to check for broken bones and may run some other tests. Treatment is usually geared toward pain relief.

Treatments for common sports injuries are pain medications, immobilization, and injections of corticosteroids. Some people may be getting injections or taking pain medication for months or even years, without actually fixing the problem. And without fixing the problem, it won’t go away, which means neither will your pain.

The good news is that there are natural and effective ways to treat your injury, whether it’s a new injury or an old one.

Regular chiropractic adjustments, sports injury massage, the right nutrition, physical therapy, and certain exercises all play a role in the rehabilitation process.

Sports injury rehabilitation with chiropractic care

When it comes to sports medicine and injury care, your first thought when deciding on treatment probably may not include chiropractic care, but it should.

Chiropractic care is not only successful in preventing sports injuries, but it can also improve your performance, optimize your movement, and help you to rehabilitate after being injured.

While regular chiropractic adjustments can help with pain relief, a chiropractor that specializes in Chiropractic BioPhysics takes it one step further by figuring out where your problem is coming from and then developing a plan to fix it, whether it’s a new injury or one from your childhood that you weren’t really sure you had.

When you see your chiropractor, you’ll first get an examination of your posture, alignment, and function, and this will usually involve x-rays. The doctor will then work on identifying the source of your pain and come up with a treatment plan that is specific to you. Your treatment plan may include regular adjustments, spinal remodeling (using traction devices), and exercises specific to your problem. This plan will work to target the source of your injury, not only alleviating pain but keeping it away so you can get back into your sport, pain-free.

If you or someone you know is in Highland Park or surrounding areas and are suffering from an injury, contact us today to set up an appointment for sports injury rehabilitation. We are located at 900 Skokie Blvd., Suite 113 in Northbrook, IL 60062

[1] https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/sports-injuries/sports-injury-statistics#:~:text=In%20the%20U.S.%2C%20about%2030,childhood%20are%20sports%2Drelated%20injuries.

[2] https://www.apta.org/news/2017/01/04/sports-and-recreation-related-injuries-top-8.6-million-annually

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5532190/#:~:text=The%20most%20common%20injuries%20were,%2C%20softball%2C%20soccer%20and%20gymnastics.

[4] https://www.aans.org/en/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Sports-related-Head-Injury#:~:text=Although%20sports%20injuries%20rarely%20contribute,among%20American%20children%20and%20adolescents.

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