Sports injuries are quite common in St George and Southern Utah. Our great weather and many outdoor activities are a heaven for the athlete, but all too often accidents and injury often follow.

Athletic injuries occur from two different mechanisms. Macrotrauma is a sudden injury from a major force. This could, for example, be due to a fall or hit during play. Macrotrauma can cause fractures, sprains of ligaments, muscle strains, and bruises or contusions. Microtrauma is due to repetitive injury over a long period of time and these injuries are also termed overuse. Types of injuries include stress fracture, little league elbow and shoulder impingement syndrome.

Many amateur and professional athletes are sidelined with injuries that could be avoided. Others sit it out on the bench because their injury does not respond to ordinary treatment. Still others are playing, but at less than peak efficiency, simply because their structural system is not balanced. Progressive coaches, athletes, and doctors are realizing that pain killing drugs are not the answer. They merely cover up the symptoms, deceiving the athlete into actions which could make the injury more serious.

Probably more than any other health profession. Chiropractic’s approach to health closely relates to the needs of the sports participant. Most sports involve body contact, fast starts and stops, and positioning that places an unusual amount of strain on the back and structural system. Doctors of Chiropractic consider a person as an integrated being, giving special attention to the spine, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Chiropractic is a natural health care method that stresses the importance of keeping all the systems of the body functioning efficiently so the player enjoys peak performance, a minimum injury risk, and fast recuperative powers.

Many world class and Olympic athletes, as well as professional stars and teams, have retained sports chiropractors to provide care.

sportsinjuryJoe Montana, Nolan Ryan, Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jubbar, and Carl Lewis all utilize chiropractic care. The Players Association of the NFL has officially incorporated sports chiropractors as a regular part of care. Chiropractors have been selected as attending doctors at the Olympic Games and at national and world championships in track and field, cycling, volleyball, powerlifting, aerobics, and triathlons.

Joint injuries are an unavoidable fact of life for most of us involved in sports. It doesn’t matter if you are a professional or recreational athlete; your joints are at risk all the time. The pounding and twisting our joints have to endure during normal everyday sporting activities can be absolutely devastating to the surrounding joint tissues.

When discussing “sport injuries” most of us think about the common broken bone or sprained ankle. There is, however, a more insidious kind of sport injury that can remain hidden for years before finally revealing the full extent of its damage. This kind of injury arises from the daily strain that exercise places on the joint and can lead to a lifetime of debilitating pain through the development degenerative joint disease, or arthritis.

When arthritis develops as a result of injuries, it is generally referred to as “secondary” osteoarthritis. This simply means that the deterioration of the cartilage was initially caused by a traumatic injury to the joint.

elbowpain-lg-e1302706333150Each one of our 147 joints has cartilage protecting the bones from coming into contact with one another. It is this cartilage that takes the brunt of the pounding during heavy training. It is also the degradation of this cartilage that results in the development of arthritis.

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