Team MUA Blog

Sports Injuries | What You Can do to Manage Your Pain

Sports Injuries | What You Can do to Manage Your Pain

Sports and exercise are important for your health, but injuries do sometimes occur with athletic activity. Few athletes—regardless of age or ability—are able to escape the aches and pains of competition. Almost everyone who participates in athletic activities experiences at least a few sports injuries during his or her athletic career. Most sports injuries fall into one of two main categories: acute trauma or overuse. Both short-term and nagging injuries can affect your ability to perform at your peak. Read on to learn more about common sports injuries and what can be done to help treat or prevent these problems.

Condition Information
Athletes in almost every sport may experience traumatic or overuse injuries. Some of the most common sports injuries include:

  • Ankle sprains and strains
  • Groin and hamstring strains
  • Achilles tendon problems
  • Knee problems (ACL tear, patellofemoral syndrome, etc.)
  • Shin splints
  • Tennis elbow
  • Muscle contusions (i.e., bruises)
  • Lower back problems

More serious sports injuries include:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Concussions

Traumatic injuries are most common in contact sports such football, rugby, hockey, and boxing while repetitive strain, or overuse, injuries occur most frequently in sports such as tennis, golf, running, and baseball.

Causes & Symptoms
Sports injuries may be caused by numerous factors. Some of the most common include:

  • Accidents
  • Poor training methods
  • Improper equipment or technique
  • Poor physical conditioning
  • Insufficient warmup or preparation

Some athletes “play through the pain,” which can cause more serious and long-term musculoskeletal problems. It’s important that you stop your activity if you feel pain.

Sport injury symptoms range from mild to moderate to marked, depending on the type and severity of the injury. Some of the most frequently experienced signs and symptoms of sports injuries are:

  • Pain
  • Swelling and Redness
  • Bruising
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tenderness in your affected area
  • Decreased joint range of motion

Sports Injuries Treatment
Sports injury treatments vary, depending on the injury and whether it’s a short-term or chronic problem. Acute problems usually are best treated with RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). This approach helps reduce swelling and promote healing of injured tissues. Chronic problems can be treated with conservative care methods, too, though not all approaches produce successful outcomes. Manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) is a chiropractic therapy that has an 80 percent success rate in treating injuries, including sports injuries. MUA, which has been used medical doctors and chiropractors since the 1930s, helps athletes regain their competitive form by treating the true underlying cause of joint and tissue dysfunction.

Next Steps
Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Wolstein to learn more about the profound health benefits athletes can realize through MUA. Dr. Wolstein and his team are advanced MUA practitioners who possess an intimate understanding of what causes sports injuries and how these problems can be treated using effective, noninvasive means.