Why You Need a Sports Injury Chiropractor
The human body is capable of performing to amazing specifications, and sports tend to test those limits to the breaking point. It’s no wonder that you may sustain physical damage from your favorite activity, especially one that emphasizes the same motions constantly. The results can take the form of what we call repetitive strain injuries which can afflict specific parts of the body, including:
Swinging a club or racket can strain and irritate the tendons that join the forearm muscles to the elbow joint. Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) affects the tendon along the outside of the elbow, while golf elbow (medial epicondylitis) affects the tendons of the inner elbow, sometimes referring pain to the wrist and hand.
Any sport that involves overhead throws or swings can produce shoulder injuries to the rotator cuff, the set of tissues that articulates the shoulder joint. Weak or compromised upper back muscles can worsen the problem by making the shoulder less stable.
Plantar fasciitis is the enemy of any running athlete. This foot pain is caused by strain and inflammation of the plantar fascia, a connective tissue that makes arch support possible.
Knees and Other Weight-Bearing Joints
If your sport requires you to run, you may be prone to runner’s knee (patellofemoral pain syndrome). This condition can be caused or aggravated by poor weight distribution, misaligned feet or osteoarthritis in the knee. In fact, alignment problems can cause all the weight-bearing joints to develop premature cartilage degeneration. Dr. Rodulfo is certified to coach both Newton and Pose running techniques and can assess running patterns at either an individual running evaluation or at a free monthly running clinic.
Muscles sustain micro-tears routinely during exertion, gaining strength and size as they repair themselves. But the constant stresses of your sport, aggravated by alignment and technique issues, may cause muscles to live in a constant state of strain, spasm, and disrepair.
Don’t forget the damage that can occur from a high-impact sports accident. The resulting vertebral misalignment can cause herniated discs and nerve impingement that may affect any part of the body.