How to Best Prevent Sports-Related Injuries

Are you loving the active portion of your life, whatever your chosen sport may be? Don’t let a serious injury sideline you. Be aware of the signs of sports-related injuries and do your best to prevent them — and know what treatment to seek if you do experience an injury.

At City Chiropractic and Wellness in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, Dr. Max Heller is an experienced sports medicine specialist who can effectively treat sports-related injuries and get you back in top form as soon as possible. 

Common sports injuries

There are more than 8.6 million injuries caused by sports or recreational activity every year. Some of the most common include sprains and strains, which can often be healed with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Others include joint-specific injuries, like tennis elbow or runner’s knee. 

Serious injuries occur when a joint is dislocated or a muscle, tendon, or ligament is torn, such as your rotator cuff in your shoulder, your ACL in your knee, or your Achilles tendon in the back of your calf. These injuries may require more in-depth therapy, or even surgery to repair.

Contact sports can lead to spinal injuries like herniated discs or misalignment of the spine, while track and field athletes can develop foot problems like plantar fasciitis. Tennis and golf can cause injuries to your elbow, shoulder, or wrists. Even simple jogging or running can cause damage to your knees or ankle joints.

Sports injury prevention

The best way to prevent sports injuries is by taking care of your body and avoiding risks. You can help prevent sports injuries by:

You should also avoid overdoing repetitive motions such as overpitching in baseball or overswinging in golf.

Treatment for sports injuries

If you hurt yourself while engaging in sports or any other activity and the pain is severe and acute even when you are resting or trying to sleep, you should see a doctor. Dr. Heller is experienced at diagnosing and treating sports injuries. He’ll order scans to assess any damage, then create a treatment plan for you.

A rehabilitative program may include:

If you experience a sports-related injury, contact our office at 949-652-3529 or book your appointment online today.

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