Sports Injuries Specialist Monmouth County NJ
As one who has always been interested in athletics, Dr. Tom Gustafson recognizes the value of chiropractic treatments for sports injuries. Dr. Gustafson serves residents of Colts Neck, New Jersey as well as the surrounding neighborhoods in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties at his clinic, Active Healing Center for Wellness.
Sports Injuries Q & A
by Tom Gustafson, DC
What Are Sports Injuries?
In a nutshell, a sports injury is any kind of traumatic injury from participation in an athletic endeavor or sport. Sports injuries can be acute, such as a concussion or fracture in a game or practice, or can occur gradually from repetitive motions such as running, pitching or kicking. The latter are called overuse injuries. Acute injuries often require formal rehabilitation and, if serious enough, can be game- or career-ending, especially for a professional athlete.
What Are the Most Common Sports Injuries?
Leg injuries are probably the most common of all sports injuries, as so many sports involve activities like running, jumping and pivoting. However, injuries vary by sport; that is particularly true of overuse injuries. For example, tennis players and pitchers often incur elbow or shoulder injuries from repeated use of the upper extremities. Football players are more likely to sustain concussions, while knee injuries are relatively frequent in sports like baseball, soccer, and football.
How Are Sports Injuries Treated?
Treatment depends on the type and severity of the injury, but in many cases, the first step — especially for extremity injuries — is RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Heat and/or cold are often used for muscle strains and sprains. Physical therapy and massage may useful for some sports injuries, and chiropractic can help with alignment problems or help relieve muscle spasm and tension. Some sports injuries — particularly in the professional athlete — may need specialized and intensive rehabilitation with members of several medical disciplines cooperating in care.
Can Sports Injuries be Prevented?
Preventing an injury is always better than trying to treat it later. Exercise that promotes muscle strength and flexibility is often key to prevention. Chiropractors are trained in the analysis of movement patterns, which can help them identify potential repetitive motion stress or gait patterns that place excessive stress on a particular joint. A gait analysis allows the chiropractor to develop recommendations that can help prevent injury.