Physical activity is an essential element of health, maintaining function and quality of life for everyone However, physical activity, especially in competitive and recreational sports, can greatly affect the musculoskeletal and related neurological systems. In fact, musculoskeletal injuries are the largest single injury category in sport, including among Olympic athletes.
The musculoskeletal system is structurally responsible for the mobility of the body. Chiropractors are experts in the health of the spine, muscles and nervous system, and therefore specializing in mobility and function. Therefore, they play an important role in improving performance as well as in the treatment and prevention of injuries in recreational and competitive athletes. As members of a healthcare team, chiropractors assess, diagnose and treat acute musculoskeletal disorders and chronic conditions that commonly affect athletes. However, they can play an important role in prevention and rehabilitation.
Musculoskeletal sports injuries
The most common injuries are:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Sprains and strains
- Knee injuries
- Lower limb tendinopathy
- Rotator cuff injuries
Generally, musculoskeletal injuries are the result of poor adaptation, overtraining or repeated use of a joint or muscle group. Due to the very nature of the sport, the most common musculoskeletal injuries occur to the foot and ankle. Then comes back pain.
Chiropractors can properly assess, diagnose and treat sports injuries and help you prevent their recurrence.
Pain relief: Conservative treatments like joint manipulation, manual mobilization, and soft tissue therapy help improve the range of motion and reduce pain.
Fatigue and muscle pain relief: A chiropractic treatment plan may include manual therapies, supplemented by techniques such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and soft tissue therapy.
Quick return to sports activities: Periodic chiropractic care, combined with rehabilitation, can help an athlete return to training sooner and prevent the risk of recurrence.
Source: Canadian Chiropractic Association