Sports Injuries

Conditions / Sports Injuries

Athletes and active individuals suffer from sports injuries. Anyone that pushes their body’s ability to adapt is susceptible to sports injuries. Luckily, Our sports chiropractic approach is tailored to help those suffering from a sports injuries to joints or muscles.

Don’t let a sports injury keep you from exercising, competing, or performing well at your job. Our focus is to return patients to meaningful activities as soon as possible. 

Our sports chiropractic approach is founded on a functional or movement-based diagnosis providing a better understanding of why the injury occurred and preventing it from happening again. 

There are only so many weeks in a season

People struggling with sports injuries are often confused and frustrated about what type of provider to consult with for a sports injury.

Primary practice physicians and orthopedic surgeons often only provide medication and advice to rest without clear structural pathology. This can sometimes be almost 6-8 weeks before you can return to the activities you enjoy and may delay your recovery.

The majority of sports injuries benefit from early rehab and treatment. Sprains, strains, muscle, and joint injuries can be diagnosed in our chiropractic office with a thorough history and physical exam. Most sports injuries don’t require advanced imaging and treatment can begin on day one. 

Our Approach to Sports Injuries:
  1. Detailed History of Injury including current presentation and injury history.

  2. Physical Examination complete with functional movement and orthopedic testing. 

  3. Report of Findings: provide a diagnosis and a plan to get back to 100 percent. 

 

Why are sports injuries so common? 

All injuries can be explained using one simple equation: Load > Capacity= Injury

In the simplest of terms, injuries occur when the load exceeds our capacity. Load may be physical (mileage/pounds), psychological (stress), and emotional (fear).  Most often we only think of load in terms of the physical to simplify the equation.

Our sports chiropractic approach to treating sports injuries is holistic.

Sports injuries may be the result of overuse, repetitive movements, or cumulative trauma.  As a sports chiropractor, Dr. Peters feels confident in treating these types of injuries.

The greatest predictor of injury is a previous injury.

The key is preventing the vicious cycle of Injury -> Rehab -> Re-injury.  

How we Treat Patients with Sports Injuries: 

1. Decrease pain – Pain changes everything. Not just how we move but also how we feel. Our initial focus is on controlling pain and gaining confidence in our bodies. 

2. Improved function – better movement, strength, or flexibility. We will address the most important limitation. 

2. Activities of Daily Living – prior to return to full activity we need to be able to accomplish daily tasks without aggravation. 

3. Gradual Return to Sport/ Activity – Step by step return to play allowing for gradual adaptation. Injuries happen when we do too much, too soon, too often, or too fast. Your body needs time to adapt to prevent re-injury. 

The Most Common Type of Sports Injury

Sprains and strains are the most common types of sports injuries. Damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments can occur due to acute injury, repetitive overuse, and cumulative trauma. 

Tendons and ligaments provide stability to our bodies and allow for movement to occur. When damaged, patients often complain of pain, swelling, and limited mobility. 

The degree of soft tissue injuries is rated from Grade I (mild), Grade II (moderate), and Grade III (severe).  The best advice for managing soft tissue injuries is with the acronym PEACE & LOVE. Find relief and Download our infographic to learn more.

Sprains – damage to a ligament, the tissue that connects two bones together.

Classic example: Lateral Ankle Sprain

Strains –  damage to the muscle belly or tendon, the tissue that connects muscles to bones.

Classic example: Lower Back Strain

Traumatic Sports Injuries 

Fractures, dislocations, and severe sprains and strains are best managed with a visit to the hospital or orthopedist. 

We would be happy to help manage these types of sports injuries later in the recovery process.  

OMNE Chiropractic can offer a referral to some of our favorite medical doctors and orthopedists in the area depending on the sports injury you have.

Dr. Peters has a great team of sports medicine doctors he has met through his time as an athlete and serving as a proud partner of the Creighton University Sports Medicine Team

Tendon Specific Injuries

If you don't use it, your lose it

Most injuries originally believed to be tendinitis are more accurately categorized as tendinosis. Treatment approaches should be aimed at strengthening the tissues rather than limiting inflammation.  This explains why medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroid injections are not highly effective for these conditions. 

Tendinosis is degeneration of the tendon that impairs its ability to tolerate movement or loading. This may occur due to repetitive stress or from sudden overstretching or overloading.

Appropriate loading and exercise are the best way to address these types of injuries. Loading of these tissues during the recovery process helps the tissues adapt and develop new, healthier tissue. 

Traditional chiropractic approaches are not equipped to treat these types of injuries. Luckily, our sports chiropractic approach can help design an exercise program to address your tendon specific injuries. 

 

Patients who visit OMNE Chiropractic for Sports Injuries often complain of the following:

Running Injuries:

  • Patellofemoral Pain 
  • IT Band Syndrome 
  • Hamstring Strains
  • Plantar Fasciitis 
  • Achilles Tendinopathy 
  • Muscle Strains 
  • Hip Pain 

Functional Fitness / Weightlifting Injuries:

  • Low Back Pain 
  • Disc Herniations / Sciatica
  • Shoulder Pain 
  • Rotator Cuff Strains
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain 
  • Knee Pain 
  •  Ankle Pain  / Mobility Loss

Other Sports Injuries: 

  • Golfer’s Elbow  / Medial Epicondylitis
  • Tennis Elbow / Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome 
  • Neck Pain 
  • Headaches
  • Swimmer’s Shoulder 
  • Costovertebral / Rib Pain

OMNE Chiropractic provides solutions to pain and performance

OMNE Chiropractic is experienced in proper diagnosis of sports injuries with a variety of safe and effective treatment approaches. Sprains , strains, tendinitis, muscle and joint injuries can all be  properly managed with our sports chiropractic approach. 

If you are dealing with a sports injury do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jace Peters.