If you're the parent of a child who plays sports or you play sports yourself, you're probably already familiar with the array of injuries you or your child can get from playing. Only a few people realize that there are long-term effects of playing sports, however. In fact, a sport injury may appear to be healed, but the constant strain that a person's body is under while constantly playing may actually be making an injury worse, even if that person is not in any pain. This means that there is a good chance a sports injury could cause big problems for a child or adult later in life. We at Barnes Chiropractic serving Elkhard, IN, know a lot about how to help a sport injury.
How We Can Help Athletes with a Sport Injury
Fortunately, our chiropractor can help. For people who play sports, chiropractic care can focus on two areas: dealing with immediate injuries and ensuring that the body stays healthy.
Traditional medicine can do a great job with dealing with broken arms, bruises, and cuts that come from playing sports such as football and soccer. Where it tends to fail is in dealing with the type of stress injuries that come from sports. The forces at which a body impacts the ground during a bad cheerleading stunt or a football player gets tackled with may be like the forces that a body experiences during a car accident but to lesser degreee. In the case of some sports, there is a small amount of protective gear, but most athletes tell us they rarely wear it during practice. Unlike an auto accident, however, athletes may be expected to go back on the field if it does not hurt too much.
The result is that athletes that go into chiropractic offices may come in complaining of sore necks, arms, and backs. X-rays may reveal that these patients are actually suffering from conditions such as whiplash and muscle sprains. Left untreated, this can cause a lifetime of pain and health problems.
The solution to this can be to start chiropractic care early. By making small adjustments, our chiropractor can move the muscles in an athlete's body to go back to their proper positions. While under treatment, patients can possibly still do everything they would normally do on the field, gym, or pool. Furthermore, there are usually no side effects such as those experienced by pain pills or surgeries.
Get Chiropractic Care for a Sport Injury from Our Chiropractor
If you live in the Elkhart, IN area and you're concerned about your child's health after a sport injury, give our office a call at (574) 295-9355 for Barnes Chiropractic to help your little athletes get back to playing the sports they love.