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Sports Injury FAQs

Men playing basketballAlthough playing sports is a great way to stay fit, it also puts you at risk of injuries. Even a minor sports injury can be painful, preventing you from enjoying the game you love. At Absolute Wellness in Peoria, we offer treatment for sports injuries through chiropractic care. Dr. Kelch and our team have gathered a few of the questions that we run into regarding treatment for sports injuries.

What are some common sports injuries?

If you play contact sports like basketball, hockey, football, or soccer, you are prone to an acute injury. These injuries happen suddenly, often due to collisions on the field, and cause instant pain. Dislocated shoulders, muscle and ligament tears, fractures, and spinal misalignments are a few examples of acute injuries. Sports injuries like tennis or golfer’s elbow, shin splints, or runner’s knee are caused by the repetitive motions required by the sport you play.

What are some symptoms of sports injuries?

Sudden pain in a muscle or joint in your back, neck, or shoulder could be a sign of an acute injury. Sports injuries can also cause swelling, muscle stiffness, loss of flexibility, and limited mobility. Pain that does not subside after a few days should be checked by our chiropractor. Dr. Kelch will diagnose your condition and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

What does sports injury treatment involve?

Chiropractic techniques and therapies are specifically designed to treat musculoskeletal injuries. Adjustments are used to correct problems with misaligned joints and bones that pinch the nerve roots and cause pain. Realigning these structures will reduce your pain so you can move about freely. Massage eases your pain by relaxing the tense muscles and tissues. It also circulates blood to the injured areas to expedite the healing process. Therapeutic exercises improve your muscle strength and flexibility to restore mobility after a sports injury.

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