Tips for Preventing a Spring Sports Injury
As the weather continues to warm here in California, there are a new series of sports for us to get excited about. While we can train and prepare ahead of time to avoid getting hurt, sometimes spring sports injuries are inevitable.
To keep you safe on the track and field this spring, learn some of the most common sports injuries, as well as how to prevent and treat them.
Top Common Spring Sports Injuries
From pole vaulting to pitching, there are many instances where an athlete can pull out their back on the field. Some injuries are unavoidable no matter how hard we try. When we do get injured, the next step is to consult with a professional.
Each case of back pain will have different underlying causes so each case will be treated in a different way. However, the level of care and compassion that our team of spinal experts provides will always be consistent, as will the goal of our back-pain treatments.
Some spring sports, such as baseball and tennis, have particular movements that are extremely repetitive in nature. This means that a baseball or softball pitcher — and even a golfer — can put an extreme amount of stress on their arm. Even golfers need to be aware of overuse injuries.
These types of repetitive movements cause what are known as overuse injuries, and can lead to more serious injuries if not treated.
Strains and Sprains
Sprains are one of the most frequently suffered injuries in the U.S. These common injuries occur because of the natural limitations of the body’s ligaments, which are the fibrous tissues that connect two bones together at the joints.
These types of common spring sports injuries are attributed to the unnatural strain certain motions place on various joints in our bodies. Pitchers, for instance, are more likely to strain or sprain their shoulders, while tennis players are known to get ‘tennis elbow’.
The mission of our chiropractic practice is to treat disorders of the joints, muscles, and ligaments. If you have a sprain, we can help by gently manipulating the joint to relieve pain and ensure the injury heals properly.
Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
Your kneecap, also known as your patella, is connected to your shin bone by a tendon called the patellar tendon. This happens as a result of overuse of your knee joints and often after extreme amounts of jumping on hard surfaces or the force of hitting the ground during a sports event.
Due to repeated stress, your tendon will likely be strained and become inflamed. Common symptoms of jumper’s knee include:
- Pain while running, walking or jumping.
- Pain when straightening or bending the affected leg.
- Tenderness behind the lower part or underside of your kneecap and patellar tendon.
Diagnosing Jumper’s Knee
After reviewing your medical history and conducting a physical examination, your doctor will likely take X-rays to diagnose your jumper’s knee. After confirming a diagnosis, the best treatments of jumper’s knee typically include:
- Strengthening exercises.
- Elevating your knee.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines.
4 Tips for Reducing Your Chances of a Sports Injury This Spring
There is no way to completely rule out the risks associated with spring sports, but by utilizing these four precautions, you can minimize your risk of injury significantly.
- Always warm-up and cool-down.
- Always wear protective gear.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Seek sports injury treatment if needed.
Treating Your Spring Sports Injuries at Unruh Spine Center
Whether months inside have caused you to feel new aches and strains, or you’re recovering from an existing sports injury, it’s important to consult with your doctor before getting back into the game.
At Unruh Spine Center, we not only treat current injuries but also focus on the prevention of future ones. Through a variety of sports medicine techniques, such as orthotics and chiropractic adjustments, we can help keep you on your feet and not on the sidelines.
Focusing on Your Whole-Body Health
Too often, athletes resort to painkillers to treat their discomfort. Coaches partner with our healthcare providers to encourage athletes to treat time-honored healthcare options that treat and relieve pain, rather than masking the symptoms. We offer:
- Deep muscle stimulators
- Nutrition counseling
- Supplement therapy
- Sports injury massage
As well as a variety of other treatments that work to improve and maintain the athlete’s whole-body health.
To learn more about our treatments, contact our team today.