Sports injuries and chiropractic treatments
If you’re a sports enthusiast, you know that if you don’t spend time stretching, if you over-train or use repetitive motion, this may cause pain and injury. You want to prevent an injury, not have one. Chiropractor Dr. Haines has been helping his patients in communities throughout north central Florida since 2003. He is skilled at adjusting the spine to ensure that everything is aligned and balanced, an important part in the prevention of injuries. Regular visits promotes quicker recovery.
Sports and spine injury prevention
If you are experiencing pain due to frequent participation in athletic activity, we suggest that you don’t push through the pain. It’s paramount that you stop what you are doing and pay attention to your body. Ask yourself a few questions. What am I feeling? Where does it hurt? Is this a repetitive pain that I feel? If it’s been a constant pain, then you may need an alignment. It is important to make an appointment, and once you do, Dr. Haines will perform a thorough evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.
Sports Injuries and Treatment – Chiropractic Relief
If you are a recreational participant in weekend sports, by Sunday night, you may be sore and needing our services. Dr. Haines provides chiropractic relief and treatment for all sports enthusiasts.
- Golfers come in for relief from their pain in the back, shoulder, elbow and wrist areas. Dr. Haines helps them by his assessment of the patient’s posture and spinal alignment. When the spine is adjusted and is in optimal alignment, this will not only relieve the pain, but may improve the golfer’s posture at the tee and improve his/her swing.
- Runners often present to our office for relief from knee pain. If the pain is limiting your day-to-day sporting activities and/or you have restricted motion, then a chiropractic treatment by Dr. Haines may be the answer. To evaluate the pain and make a treatment plan, Dr. Haines will look at the other joints and muscles relating to the knee. The pain can often be coming from other sources in the lower back, pelvis or hip and traveling to the knee. If other joints connected to the knee are not functioning correctly, they can put undue pressure on the knee joint, resulting in injury. To resolve the knee injury, it’s important to treat other areas that may be affecting the knee joint.
- Baseball and Softball players or other athletes that perform aggressive arm movement can strain their shoulder and feel shoulder pain. The first step in treatment is to accurately diagnose the problem. There are many causes of shoulder pain and the correct diagnoses will expedite the treatment. Shoulder problems are treated by adjusting the spine, which in turn makes sure that the nerves that travel to the shoulder are functioning the way they should. Dr. Haines will also adjust the various joints that make up the shoulder. These gentle adjustments can go a long way to restoring normal range of motion.
- Tennis players often develop wrist pain since they use the same repetitive motion. It is important to make an appointment when there is even a hint of pain in the wrist, because this can be a sign that something is wrong and it can progress quickly. The treatment often involves checking the shoulder, neck, elbow and wrist to make sure everything is in alignment. Dr. Haines will adjust the carpal bones specifically and may include other therapies such as heat, ice, bracing and/or specific exercises. If Dr. Haines determines that you need further evaluation, he will refer you for an orthopedic or neurological consultation, if appropriate. But he is well qualified to evaluate and treat patients with wrist pain.
Many athletic activities can lead to neck pain. From playing football to simply overusing your neck, twisting it too fast or overextension can bring pain. Dr. Haines uses adjustments of the joints to relieve the pain. This careful and controlled force can range from gentle to strong, from slow to rapid. After evaluating the injury, Dr. Haines will create your own plan of action to relieve your pain.
What if you simply have strained and sprained muscle pain? Dr. Haines can help with that too. With chiropractic care, the muscles, ligaments and tendons that are painful can heal quicker. The techniques used will reduce swelling and increase circulation. This causes quicker healing.
How can a chiropractor help prevent a sports injury?
Typically, when people think about their chiropractor, they think only of a spinal or back injury. Fixing the body isn’t a chiropractor’s only objective; we want to prevent a future injury. Regular visits, evaluations and adjustments results in a healthier, more active lifestyle. Keeping your body flexible and balanced helps keep it functioning at its best. When you feel a pain, your body is trying to tell you something is wrong. Listen to your body. If you are feeling discomfort or you have decreased mobility, don’t ignore the symptoms. Be aware that you may not have noticed that something was wrong because at times, the problem may have been present for months already.
Much like a cavity in your tooth, by the time the pain shows up, the problem has been there for a while.
Your spinal column is made up of 24 independent vertebrae and allows your body to move and bend, as well as helps it protect the central nervous system. The first and important step to maintain the active lifestyle (and playing in weekend sports) is to make sure the spine is aligned and balanced. No matter what your injury or symptom is, Dr. Haines can pinpoint the area, strategize an individualized plan, and put that plan into action. You will feel better in no time, and you’ll be energized and active again.
Chiropractor Dr. Haines | Absolute Health Chiropractic | 4110 NW 37th Place, Suite D | Gainesville, FL 32606 | (352) 377-7373