Planet Chiropractic firmly believes that sports and other forms of exercise are a crucial part of maintaining your health and overall happiness. More than simply increasing muscle, exercise has long-term benefits by strengthening your heart, bones, joints and is one of the most effective stress reducer, among many other benefits. Unfortunately, it is all too common to experience Douglasville sports injuries during sports activities.
Injuries often occur when the sport is not a normal part of your weekly routine, when trying to impress everyone at the work picnic, or if you don’t use proper safety equipment, or even if during a regular workout you become overzealous. The most commonly injured areas are ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows, and spine. Fortunately, in many cases, sports injuries can be prevented. Here are a few obvious examples:
Although bones can sometimes be fractured with acute sports injuries, the most commonly injured structures are the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. An acute twisting or overextension of a joint can cause both:
These tears range from mild to severe. In mild injuries, just a few fibers are torn or hyper-stretched. However, in severe injuries, where there is a tear through the full thickness of the structure, these are considered unstable and frequently require surgical intervention. Here are some common strains and sprain issues:
Most ankle sprains involve tears of one or more of the ligaments along the outside of the ankle. Often knee ligaments, including the larger external supportive ligaments and the smaller internal stabilizing ligaments, can also be torn. Both of these injuries can lead to favoring one side of your body over the other—resulting in long-term structural issues.
Usually the result of over-training, the repetitive overuse of a single joint (or joints) can result in extreme pain and restricted use of that joint. In the shoulder, the rotator cuff (an intricate group of muscles that stabilizes and moves the shoulder) becomes inflamed. “Tennis Elbow” is a common form of tendinitis that occurs along the outside of the elbow. Conversely, with “Golfer’s Elbow” the tendons on the inside of the elbow are affected.
Athletes who are training for a tournament or special event often experience stress fractures. This type of fracture occurs when, in a short period of time, an abnormal amount of stress is placed on a specific bone. For example, this might occur when a runner too quickly increases the number of miles covered while training for a race. Stress fractures also occur in people who are just beginning to run as a form of exercise but who overdo it from the start, rather than starting small and gradually progressing to longer and longer distances.