Many sports-related injuries involve the spine, and can consequently restrict range of motion, reduce strength, slow reflexes, shorten endurance and decrease performance – not to mention create pain.
Problems that begin with the spine can eventually affect the extremities, just as injuries in the extremities can cause disproportionate loading on the spine. An injured knee makes it difficult to walk properly; thereby compensation needs to occur elsewhere. Our bodies are resilient, but their overall viability requires proper function of all integral subsystems.
Spinal health is essential to peak performance, whether on the tennis court or in the office. Often enough, minor aches and pains are dismissed as merely a result of excessive exertion. In the case of sports injuries among youngsters, they might be mistaken for growing pains and lead to further complications if not addressed.
Obviously the best treatment for sports injuries is prevention, but if it does happen, chiropractic care can help restore proper function to spinal joints, muscles, tendons, and tissues. Pain relief, reduction of inflammation, proper joint movement and restored mobility will keep you in the game. Regular chiropractic checkups can help avoid the development of more serious systemic problems over time as well.