Despite doing everything right — stretching beforehand, wearing the proper equipment, or engaging in the appropriate training — sports-related injuries happen to the best of us. Whether you were playing in a championship tournament or weekend pickup game, the most important thing to know when playing sports on any level is that if you get hurt, stop playing immediately as continuing to play can cause more harm than good.
From the slightest sprain to a major dislocation, sports injuries are serious and almost always require medical diagnosis and treatment. The most common sports injuries include:
- Knee injuries
- Fractures and dislocations
- Shin splints
- Strains and sprains
- Swollen muscles
- Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
- Joint injuries
- Rotator cuff and shoulder injuries
The first step in treating your injury is receiving a medical diagnosis from an experienced professional like our chiropractor. The treatment and prognosis of your sports injury vary on the severity of your pain and the extent of the injury itself, and usually starts with rest, ice, compression and elevation of the affected area. Other treatments that may be recommended by our chiropractor at SC Westside Clinic include chiropractic care, pain relievers or other medications, physical therapy and rehabilitation, or even surgery.