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Nystrom Chiropractic Group Answers Sports Injury FAQs

Whether you are a dedicated athlete or someone who enjoys playing sports with friends once in a while, you are at risk of suffering from a sports injury. The most common sports injuries include muscle sprains and strains, ligament injuries, and concussions. If you are going to play sports, you should understand a bit about sports injuries, how to prevent them, and how to treat them.

man suffering from a sports injury

What Are Muscle Sprains and Strain?

A sprain is the stretching and the tearing of a ligament, most commonly in the ankle. A strain occurs when you overstretch a muscle or a tendon. Strains commonly occur in the hamstring muscles in the back of the thigh and the back muscles.

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head. There are several degrees of concussion from minor to fatal. Concussions occur most commonly in football and hockey.

How Can I Prevent a Sports Injury?

There are a few ways that sports injuries can be avoided. First, you should warm up for 10 to 15 minutes before playing. Walking, light jogging and muscle stretches are great ways to warm up. Next, you should make sure that you are wearing the necessary equipment for the game that you are playing. For example, if you are playing football or hockey, you should wear the required pads and helmet. If you are playing baseball, you should wear a helmet when you are batting. Finally, make sure that you stay hydrated. When you are active, you can become dehydrated faster. Even if it isn't very hot outside, you should still drink plenty of water.

How Can I Stretch Before Playing?

A: Stretching is essential in preventing a sports injury.

  • Stretching the upper body: Start by stretching your arms up over your head with your fingers intertwined. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Next, stand with your arms over year head. Place your left elbow in your right hand and bend slightly and hold the position for 20 seconds. Switch arms and repeat the stretch.
  • Stretching your lower body: Put one leg two feet in front of the other and lean forward. Hold the position for 20 seconds then switch legs. Next, raise your leg behind you toward your buttocks and hold it in your hand. Hold this position for 20 seconds before switching legs.

What Is the Most Common Sports Injury Treatment?

If you have a strain or sprain, you need to rest. For the first few days, use the RICE therapy. This stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

You can take medication such as ibuprofen for the pain and acetaminophen to reduce the swelling. If you suspect a concussion or a broken bone, you should see a doctor. Finally, you can make an appointment with a chiropractor. They can help with the pain and increase your range of motion.

Contact Nystrom Chiropractic Group in San Rafael, CA!

If you are suffering from a sports injury, you should make an appointment with Nystrom Chiropractic Group in San Rafael. We can create a treatment plan that will help you get back on the field, faster.

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