4 Common Sports Injuries That Chiropractors Treat


What are the most common sports injuries that chiropractors treat?

  1. Sprains and strains
  2. Shin splints
  3. Tennis elbow
  4. Shoulder bursitis
Injuries can happen in all sports activities. Whether you play team sports like basketball or individual sports like golf, injuries are inevitable. Luckily, we’re here to tell you all about the common sports injuries that chiropractors treat. Most people play sports for exercise or recreational purposes. However, if you’re playing a sport as a profession, drawbacks from injuries can drastically impact your livelihood. If you’re an athlete, you know very well that there’s nothing better than making a full recovery and getting back to the game you love. Chiropractic treatments can help with a wide variety of sports-related injuries. Read on to learn more about this.  

Sprains and Strains

Sprains and Strains Athletes experience sprains when their ligaments are overstretched. The most common sprains are in the ankles and wrists. On the other hand, strains happen when a muscle or tendon is torn. The most common strains are in the back and hamstrings. Athletes who have these conditions will feel painful swellings or spasms. In any case, the pain will make it hard to participate in any sport. Since inflammation is what causes the swelling, a chiropractor can help problem areas receive proper blood flow through joint adjustments. Chiropractors can recommend a number of stretches and exercises as well to further aid recovery.  

Shin Splints

Shin Splints Shin splints describe the condition when pain occurs along the shin bone. This is the bone located in front of the lower leg. Contrary to common belief, shin splints don’t only happen to runners. Any person who participates in any other sport is prone to experience it as well. If a sport involves repetitively using your lower leg, shin splints are bound to happen. If left untreated, shin splints can lead to a chronic pain condition that makes the simplest tasks hard to achieve. Thankfully, chiropractors can help reduce the pain by making adjustments in the calf, ankle, and foot.  

Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow When tendons in the elbows are overworked, it leads to painful tennis elbow. Athletes who experience tennis elbow usually do repetitive, forceful motions using the hand, wrist, elbow, and arm. For this condition, simply taking anti-inflammatory medicine or bracing the area won’t treat the root problem. If you visit a chiropractor, they will diagnose where the dysfunctions are in your hand, wrist, elbow, and arm. Aside from making adjustments, the chiropractor will increase the blood circulation to the elbow area as well. A study proved that one golfer fully-recovered from a tennis elbow through chiropractic treatment. After the pain is reduced, a specific recovery program will be offered to strengthen the joints and prevent injury in the future.  

Shoulder Bursitis

Shoulder Bursitis Shoulder bursitis is commonly experienced by athletes who are heavily practicing full range arm motions repetitively. Whether it’s by pitching a baseball, serving a volleyball, or swinging a tennis racket, shoulder bursitis is a condition that can occur. Those with shoulder bursitis will feel intense pain when lying directly on the shoulder or when reaching for objects above the torso and head. Chiropractors will perform a detailed assessment of the shoulder injury and treat the source of the pain through adjustments.  

Key Takeaway

If you’re wondering about some of the most common sports injuries that chiropractors treat, it includes sprains, strains, shin splints, tennis elbow, and shoulder bursitis. Chiropractors are trained not only to treat pain caused by sports-related injuries but to prevent injuries in the future as well. At Chiropractic Philippines, we are dedicated to ensuring the overall wellness of our clients. With our years of expertise, you can rest assured that we can treat sports injuries for athletes like you. If you want to learn more about our services, click here.

Written By: Dr. Benedicto Luz Adorable III

Dr. Ben is the CEO and Founder of Philippine Chiropractic Healthcare Specialist. He has a Doctorate Degree of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic.

To read more about Dr. Ben, click here.

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