Minor Or Major sports injuries can be frustrating,
Whether you are an amateur sports enthusiast or a top-flight professional, as they do not only stop you from remaining at optimum health, but they may prevent you from enjoying your sport and keeping active.
Your injuries may be the result of over-use during a specific activity or due to direct trauma, perhaps hitting something hard. These stresses can lead to a slight loss of proper movement in the bones of your spine (vertebrae) and joints, which in turn can interfere with the healthy working of your muscles and nerves.
Our chiropractors have worked with sportsmen and sportswomen at both amateur and professional levels, including footballers, rugby players, horse-riders, cyclists, athletes and skiers or even those of us that use a gym.
At Derby Chiropractic we often see patients with:-
- Groin and thigh sprains / strains
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Tennis elbow
- Shoulder sprains (rotator cuff injuries)
- Hamstring and calf strains
- Achilles tendonitis
Chiropractic gets behind the cause of an injury, rather than just treating the injury itself. We will carry out a full examination and ask you questions about your sporting life, posture, medical history and lifestyle, to discover the cause of your injury or poor performance and make a diagnosis.
Then your treatment will begin, often with gentle, specific adjustments (the Chiropractic word for manipulation) done by hand, to free stiff joints and remove spinal nerve irritation. Your chiropractor may incorporate other techniques such as soft tissue massage or dry needling (a form of acupuncture) and give you advice on prevention. You may also be set exercises to strengthen the injured area, improve your flexibility and prevent future flare-ups.
A good golf swing depends on nearly every joint in the body and heavily relies on flexibility, especially of the spine, shoulders, hips and pelvis. Excessive use of particular joints and muscles can cause strain and serious repetitive motion injury to both dysfunctional joints and overburdened joints.
Golfing injuries can affect every golf player – from professionals to amateur enthusiasts – and it is incredibly important to get them seen to and treated as soon as possible to prevent further, longer lasting damage.
Most back pain is what's known as "non-specific" (there's no obvious cause) or "mechanical" (the pain originates from the joints, bones or soft tissues in and around the spine).
This type of back pain:
- tends to get better or worse depending on your position – for example, it may feel better when sitting or lying down
- typically feels worse when moving – but it's not a good idea to avoid moving your back completely, as this can make things worse
- can develop suddenly or gradually
- might sometimes be the result of poor posture or lifting something awkwardly, but often occurs for no apparent reason
- may be due to a minor injury such as sprain (pulled ligament) or strain (pulled muscle)
- can be associated with feeling stressed or run down
- will usually start to get better within a few weeks
Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) causes pain and inflammation in the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow. The pain centers on the bony bump on the inside of your elbow and may radiate into the forearm. It can usually be treated effectively with rest.
This is what we will do about it......
Knee pain felt at the front of the knee, around the kneecap, is called anterior knee pain or patellofemoral pain syndrome.
It's not always obvious why this pain develops, but it's been linked to previous injuries, overuse of your knees, muscle weakness and your kneecap being slightly out of place.
The pain tends to be dull or aching and often affects both knees at the same time. It's usually made worse by sitting for prolonged periods, squatting or kneeling, or using stairs.
You can normally treat this yourself using ordinary painkillers, an ice pack and rest. Exercises to strengthen the muscles around your kneecap can also help.