Sports are the pastime of the World. Sports bind complete strangers under one uniform, move nations, and inspire people. Every season hosts a plethora of different sporting activities all passionately followed by its own gathering of fans. Thankfully, sports are not for just professionals. Anyone, no matter race, size, gender or culture can play, but whether you play for the fun of it or are pursuing a career in football (or soccer as the case may be!), playing sports are part of an important step in maintaining personal health. Anyone can play sports, but many people jump right into the game and forego the pre-game safety precautions that ensure well-being. If the body is not ready via pre-game warm-up and stretching, then serious injuries can occur and in fact are likely to occur it proper preparation is not undertaken. Generally, such injuries arise in the key pivoting areas, such as the knees, ankles, wrists, elbows and, last but not least, the spinal column.
Sprains and Strains
The most commonly observed sports related injuries are sprains and strains to key pivoting joints. These affect the elastic like connectors along our bones, such as ligaments (fibrous tissue connecting bone to bone), and muscles and tendons (fibrous tissue binding muscle to bone). When a muscle or tendon is over stretched or twisted, a strain results. Most severe are the sprains, which is the tearing of a ligament. These tears can range from just a few torn tissue fibers to a full separation of ligament from bone. The knee with its four main ligaments (Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL), Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) and Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL)) is particularly susceptible to severe sprains and meniscus (knee cap cartilage) tears.
Treatment of the injury is most often determined by the means that the injury occurred accompanied by a physical exam. If the injury is severe enough, an X-ray or MRI scan may be requested. While occasionally surgery is needed to repair the damage, there are plenty of non-surgical methods to recuperate the ailment. Such treatments can include: controlled rest (too much inactivity can actually hamper the recovery) and control of the swelling of the injury (through hot or cold applications), elevation and/or compression.
One method growing in popularity is the use of acupuncture. According to recent research, this technique holds very few side-effects (when properly administered) and partners well with other procedures. Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into specific locations. Different sites trigger different stimulations. For example, a needle in Stomach 36 (actually located on the knee cap) is known to relieve stomach related issues. Gallbladder 34, located along the calf muscle, helps with gall bladder issues such as vomiting and jaundice. Accordingly, there are a host of acupuncture points that can stimulate healing and recuperation. The array of options is countless. Many times acupuncture is used as a pain relief method, especially for the relief of chronic pains. Another beneficial recovery method is joint manipulation which can be administered by your personal chiropractic professional. The joint manipulation approach is determined by the severity and location of the injury. This includes massaging and moving the area so as to improve joint function and regain mobility. As with any injury, consult with your specialist to determine the best method for you. We look forward to serving you soon!