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Have you been participating in a sporting activity and have a new or old injury that just won’t resolve? If so join the hundreds of patients that have already experienced the relief of these injuries by Drs. White and Jamin. They use chiropractic adjustments to correct the malpositions of bones suffered during sports and use their expert knowledge of biomechanics and kinesiology to bring you back better than you were before. Using x-ray imaging, computerized muscle testing, and postural evaluations, the doctors can find the cause of your problem. In conjunction with chiropractic care they can tailor a rehabilitation plan using physical therapy modalities (TENS, electrical stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound) along with massage, proprioceptive training, ROM testing, and extremity adjusting to bring you back to your full potential. Are you ready to get back in the game? To get back in the least time possible call our office at the above number!
What are common sports injuries and how do they happen?
Any sports injury that does not include a fracture or rupture can be treated conservatively by a sports chiropractor. We have successfully treated: tennis/golfers elbow, hip/shoulder pointers, TMJ, plantar fasciitis and most grade 1-2 sprain and strains. Any hip, knee,
ankle, foot, shoulder elbow wrist and hand pain may be helped by chiropractic care.
Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) is the name for a condition in which the bony bump at the outer side of the elbow is painful and tender.
Tennis elbow results from overusing the muscles in your forearm that straighten and raise your hand and wrist. When these muscles are overused, the tendons are repeatedly tugged at the point of attachment (the lateral epicondyle). As a result, the tendons become inflamed. Repeated, tiny tears in the tendon tissue cause pain. Among the activities that can cause tennis elbow are tennis and other racket sports, carpentry, machine work, typing, and knitting.
The symptoms of tennis elbow are:
• pain or tenderness on the outer side of the elbow
• pain when you straighten or raise your wrist and hand
• pain made worse by lifting a heavy object
• pain when you make a fist, grip an object, shake hands, or turn door handles
· pain that shoots from the elbow down into the forearm or up into the upper arm.
Golfers elbow is similar to tennis elbow. It is different in that it occurs on the medial side of the elbow along the medial epicondyle. It is also known as medial epicondylitis.
A hip pointer is a deep bruise on the top portion of your pelvis, called the iliac crest.
A hip pointer is caused by a direct blow to the iliac crest. This injury most commonly occurs in a contact sport such as football, when a helmet is driven into the iliac crest.
You have tenderness in the top portion of your hip and occasionally you will have pain down your leg.
TMJ, or Temporomandibular joint disorder, is pain of the jaw when chewing or speaking. The pain is often caused by subluxations, or malpositions, of the jaw or neck bones causing inflammation and spasm of the chewing and speaking muscles.
There are many factors that cause strain on the TMJ resulting in subluxations. These include but are not limited to the following:
Over-opening the jaw beyond its range for the individual or unusually aggressive or repetitive sliding of the jaw sideways or forward. These movements may also be due to bad habits or a misalignment of the jaw. This may be due to:
1. Modification of the surfaces of the teeth through poor dental hygeine or accidental trauma.
2. Speech habits resulting in jaw thrusting.
3. Excessive gum chewing or nail biting.
4. Excessive jaw movements associated with exercise.
5. Repetitive unconscious jaw movements.
6. Size of foods eaten.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the bottom of the foot between the ball of the foot and the heel. This is often resulting from malpositions, or subluxations, of the bones of the foot and heel.
There are several possible causes of plantar fasciitis, including:
• wearing high heels
• gaining weight
• increased walking, standing, or stair-climbing.
• Unresolved foot and ankle sprains/strains
• Poor gait
If you wear high-heeled shoes or ill fitting shoes, for long periods of time, the tough, tendon-like tissue of the bottom of your foot can become shorter. This layer of tissue is called fascia. Pain occurs when you stretch fascia that has shortened.
If you gain weight, you might be more likely to have plantar fasciitis, especially if you walk a lot or stand in shoes with poor heel cushioning. Normally there is a pad of fatty tissue under your heel bone. Weight gain might break down this fat pad and cause heel pain.
Runners and hikers may get plantar fasciitis when they change their workout and increase their mileage or frequency of workouts. It can also occur with a change in exercise surface or terrain, or if your shoes are worn out and don't provide enough cushion for your heels.
If the arches of your foot are abnormally high or low, you are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis than if your arches are normal.
The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain when you walk. You may also feel pain when you stand and possibly even when you are resting. This pain typically occurs first thing in the morning after you get out of bed, when your foot is placed flat on the floor. The pain occurs because you are stretching the plantar fascia. The pain usually lessens with more walking, but you may have it again after periods of rest.
You may feel no pain when you are sleeping because the position of your feet during rest allows the fascia to shorten and relax. By having a chiropractor adjust the subluxations in your feet and ankles you may experience a relaxation of the fascia and healing may occur. Your chiropractor may also recommend an orthotic device to assist you in maintaining the proper foot arch.