Sports, of course, involves the body's muscles and skeleton. A chiropractor specializes in those areas, so it makes sense that chiropractic care would be useful, if not essential, in sports. At Houma-Thibodaux Spine & Rehabilitation, located in both Houma and Thibodaux, LA, we work with all kinds of muscular and bone athletic injuries.
The most common cause of sports injury is a trauma to the joints, which can include ligaments and cartilage. Often sports injuries happen when a person gets hit in a joint area such as a knee or elbow. Repeated use and overuse are also common causes.
The best treatment for a sports injury is prevention, thus making it an injury that never happened. Proper warm-ups are essential, as well as paying attention to how your body is situated. Awareness of your body and its movements can help you avoid injury. You must realize your limits to avoid pushing your body too far. Doing this greatly reduces the risk of injury. There is a fine line between pushing yourself and abusing yourself. A chiropractor can help you sort these things out and find a good balance to keep injuries at bay. Regular chiropractor care for children can also be a good way to prevent injuries to bodies that are still growing.
When an injury occurs, it is important to get a proper diagnosis. You may want to visit a medical doctor, especially if you think there may be a broken bone. Short of that, a chiropractor can help with pain management as you start to heal. Spinal manipulation is one of the main things a chiropractor will do to treat your sports injury. This can take the pressure off the injured area and help it to heal faster. It can also help reduce the pain you may be feeling as a result of the injury.
Healing is one thing, rehab is another. With a sports injury, you are not finished healing when the pain stops. It is important to not let your muscles weaken while you get ready to get on the field again. We help you work through rehab by getting your body aligned, relieving pressure to affected areas.
Come visit us at Houma-Thibodaux Spine & Rehabilitation for all your sports-related chiropractic needs. We treat all kinds of people in all kinds of situations, but sports injuries are an area we commonly focus on. Prevention is the best medicine. When unfortunate injuries do happen, regardless of the reason, we can get you back on the road and active again soon. To schedule an appointment with our Thibodaux, LA, office, call 985-447-2225. For the Houma, LA, office, dial 985-873-8586.