According to the Youth Sports Safety Alliance, approximately 8,000 children are treated in emergency rooms in the United States each day for sports-related injuries, the most injuries occurring between ages 15 to 17 years old.
It is not just the professional athletes who are retaining sports-related injuries. Children and high school athletes are just as, if not more, susceptible to injury because of their eagerness to get back in the game as soon as possible. This eagerness can often result in failure to receive proper medical treatment. At Wexford Wellness Care, we take time with our athletic patients to create a treatment plan that provides the appropriate amount of time to heal injuries and will also help to prevent them in the future.
Common Causes of Sports Injuries
The following are several factors that may lead to sports-related injuries and accidents:
- Failing to warm up or stretch muscles properly before exercise
- Overusing muscles and tendons through excessive training
- Not following safe training techniques
- Not wearing or using assigned athletic gear
Common Sports Injuries
Although the types of injuries caused by sports may seem endless, there are a few types of injuries that are more recurrent in athletes. The following are sports injuries we commonly treat at Wexford Wellness Care:
If you are encountering difficulty walking or have pain in your knee, you may have a knee injury. Knee problems occur when the muscles and tendons in the knee are injured, or if the bone, cartilage, ligaments or fluid in the knee are damaged.
A sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched after a fall, twist or hit. If you have symptoms such as pain, bruising, swelling and difficulty moving the joint, you may have a sprain.
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Muscles and tendons in the shoulder make up the rotator cuff which keeps the shoulder stable and enables it to move. Injuries result from repetitive overhead motion, such as throwing a baseball. Your rotator cuff could be injured if you have limited range of motion in your shoulder or weakness when you lift your arm.
Achilles Tendon Injuries
Overuse, stretching or tearing can injure the Achilles tendon, which is the body’s longest tendon that connects the back of the heel to the calf muscle. Basketball players are especially prone to Achilles tendon injuries because of the extensive running and jumping involved in the sport. If you are experiencing pain along the back of your foot, pain above your heel, tenderness or swelling, you may have an Achilles tendon injury.
Sports Injury Treatments in Wexford
We frequently use pain management treatments to immediately lessen the pain from your injury before we start rehabilitation to heal the injury. The pain treatments include both injections and natural pain relief treatments.
Toradol is a nonsteroidal drug that reduces inflammation in muscles after a sports injury to ease the pain. This injection also assists with pain related to injuries from auto accidents.
Trigger Point Injections
When a muscle is injured, tiny knots form in it and tighten the muscle. The tiny knots, known as trigger points, can result in painful muscle twitching. A trigger point injection is a local anesthetic that can relax the knots, resulting in pain reduction.
Unlike injections, acupuncture is a natural pain treatment that is based on the premise that energy regulates bodily functions. When that energy is disrupted, it can cause pain and discomfort. A variety of procedures that stimulate anatomical points on the body can facilitate order back in the energy. The most common procedure uses thin, solid, metallic needles to penetrate the skin. Learn more about our Wexford pain treatments.
We realize that not every sports injury or patient should use the same treatment plan, so we combine multiple types of chiropractic care to treat your injury specifically. Treatments include a mixture of physical rehabilitation, adjustments and massage therapy to ensure a reduction in your pain and discomfort and enable you to get back in the game faster. Learn more about our chiropractic care.
Also known as physical therapy or physiotherapy, physical rehabilitation works to strengthen injured muscles, improve muscle mobility and train muscle memory. Through rehabilitation, your body may become stronger than it was before your injury.
At Wexford Wellness Care, we integrate massage therapy into our sports injury treatment plans to improve circulation in the body and relieve sore muscles. We offer a variety of massage techniques, including a specialized sports massage to alleviate pain from your injury or general soreness from playing the sport.
Preventing Sports Injuries
Warm up & stretch
In order to exercise safely, your muscles need to be warmed up and stretched. A light jog for about five to 10 minutes with some muscle stretches afterwards is great preparation for your workout.
Use the assigned gear
Be sure to wear the assigned gear, such as helmets and pads, every time you play your sport, including during practice. Dedicated athletes know that you work and push yourself just as hard during practice as you do during a game, so make sure your body is protected in both scenarios.
Finding the right balance in training your body can be difficult because either undertraining or overtraining can lead to injury. Ask your coach or a personal trainer for the best practices for your training and how to monitor your workout intensity.
Listen to your body
If you start to get tired or sore, your body is telling you it needs a break. If you push through the pain, it increases your chances of injuring yourself, and a severe enough injury can put you on the bench for weeks or even the rest of the season. If you have specific questions about sports injuries that haven’t been answered here, you can Ask The Doctor by completing the form. A member of our staff will contact you as soon as possible.