Sports injuries can be caused by an accident such as a fall or heavy blow, not warming up properly before exercising, using inappropriate equipment or poor technique, and pushing oneself too hard. Almost any part of the body can be injured, including the muscles, bones, joints, tendons and ligaments. The ankles and knees are some of the most commonly affected areas. Sprains and strains are the most common type of sports injury, with symptoms including pain, swelling, bruising and tenderness around a joint or in a muscle, or difficulty moving the affected body part. Other sports injuries include back pain, bone injuries, hamstring injuries, head injuries, heel pain, joint inflammation, knee pain including knee ligament damage, shoulder pain and skin injuries.
Chiropractors can treat general aches and pains including those of joints, muscle spasms and cramp, frozen shoulders, shoulder or elbow pain, or tennis elbow which all may arise as a result of sports injuries. They can also help with the short term management of ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis.
Our ultrasound service may be recommended to help come to an accurate diagnosis and contribute towards a plan of management for common sports injuries.
People who do exercise and sports also run the risk of recurring injuries. These are different from the acute "sprains or tears" and usually build up slowly. For example runners and footballers often have recurring hamstring injuries. A pelvic or hip problem may not give pain, but will cause an immediate tightening of the hamstring muscle to compensate, therefore making it much more susceptible to injury.
When an injury becomes recurring, it is usually because of a chronic "overload" from some other part of the body.
The key to treating these conditions successfully is to understand the exact mechanics of the spine and joints, and to restore them to optimum function. This will often lead to a dramatic improvement in performance, because every joint and muscle is working to its maximum potential.
Many professional sports teams use chiropractors. Kay has treated athletes at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Clinic and the 2017 IAAF World Championships as part of the medical team. From 2004-2017 she worked with Trowbridge Rugby Club assessing and treating pitch side injuries. http://www.trowbridgerfc.co.uk