Can I Develop a Sports Injury?
People of all ages can develop sports injuries. Risk factors for developing one include returning to physical activity after an extended period of inactivity or a sedentary lifestyle, playing contact sports, and not warming up or stretching before engaging in physical activity. Someone who has been physically active, but tries to take a workout regimen to the next level too quickly, is also at risk. A chiropractor that specializes in sports medicine, such as our chiropractor at Frame Family Wellness Center in Toledo, Ohio, can assess the extent of a person's injuries.
What Is a Sports Injury?
A sports injury can be anything from a sprain to a bone fracture. These types of injuries are the result of overextending or putting too much stress on the body before it is ready. Injuries can also occur as the result of contact while playing on the court or in the field. Common injuries that result from pushing the body before it is ready include muscle soreness, swollen muscles, strains, and sprains.
The main difference between strains and sprains is a strain involves overstretching or tearing the tissues that connect bones to a single joint. A sprain, on the other hand, involves tearing or overstretching muscles or tendons. More serious injuries involve dislocating joints and bones, breaking or fracturing bones, and knee injuries that result in the loss of movement or mobility.
Some injuries can be treated at home with over the counter products, while others require the help of a professional. Repeat or recurring injuries may also require professional treatment. If someone has played sports or engaged in strenuous physical activity for a while, the extended wear and tear on the body can worsen old symptoms or lead to new injuries.
When to Seek Treatment
While a mild sports injury can usually be treated at home using a combination of ice, rest, elevation, and compression, more serious injuries require a trip to the doctor or a chiropractor. Signs of severe injury can include:
- Major pain or swelling
- Popping noises from a joint
- Noticeable bumps, lumps, or something that looks out of place
- Inability to put weight on a joint or stand
- Wobbly or unstable movement
- Difficulty with breathing
- Fever or other signs of infection
Depending upon the extent of a sports injury, follow-up treatment may be necessary. Follow-up treatments can often involve chiropractic care such as chiropractic adjustments and massage to help improve range of movement and alleviate discomfort. For more information on healing a sports injury, contact us at Frame Family Wellness Center in Toledo, Ohio, now. You can reach our practice at 419-475-9355 as well.