Tips for Treating Sports Injury*

Participation in sports or exercise is an important step in maintaining your health. But unfortunately, injuries during participation in sports are all too common.

If injury does occur, here are some tips to help speed recovery. Dr. Murray and Dr. Stadler can help determine if which of these techniques will be beneficial in your case.
Rest, then Recover
Generally no more than 48 hours of rest and/or immobilization is needed, depending on the severity of the injury. In most cases, the sooner the person becomes active after an injury, the more rapid is the recovery. In fact, long-term immobilization can sometimes be harmful to recovery. At Lake Country Health Center, we can help guide this process, as too early a return to activity, choosing the wrong type of activity, or excessive activity can be detrimental.

Ice or heat
Ice or heat can be helpful with pain reduction and tissue healing.

Compression
Compression of the area may reduce the amount of swelling from the injury.

Elevation
Elevation of the injured arm or leg above the level of the heart is thought to be helpful in reducing swelling.

Pain relievers
Recent research has demonstrated that some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may actually slow the healing process by restricting the body's natural healing mechanisms, so they should be used sparingly.

Joint manipulation
Recent research has shown us that, in some cases, joint manipulation can be helpful with pain reduction and more rapid recovery.

A Word About Prevention

In many cases, sports injuries can be prevented. Proper conditioning and warm-up and cool-down procedures, as well as appropriate safety equipment, can substantially reduce injuries. Understanding proper techniques can also go a long way toward preventing injuries. Sufficient water intake is also an important preventive measure.

For more information or to discuss your sports therapy program or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dan or Dr. Shannon, contact us today.



*Content adapted from the American Chiropractic Association