Sports injuries often result from overuse of a specific muscle and/or a trauma to a specific part of the body. Regardless of the cause, Michael Maiorino, DC, of Structural Based Therapy, can help patients find relief from pain and regain normal function. Patients in Alpharetta, Georgia can make their appointment for sports injury treatment by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.
Sports Injuries Q & A
What are the most common sports injuries?
Being an athlete can lead to almost any type of injury. However, the most common sports injuries include:
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Knee injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Elbow injuries
- Shin splints
Each of these injuries causes different symptoms. However, most injuries will cause pain, stiffness, swelling, and redness in the affected area. Patients may notice symptoms immediately after playing sports, or they may not notice symptoms until some time has passed.
What causes sports injuries?
Sports injuries often occur when an athlete uses a specific part of the body too frequently or with too much force. Sports injuries may also develop when an athlete sustains a trauma during a fall, impact, or another type of incident. Both types of injuries are more likely among athletes that don’t stretch properly or have weak, unstable muscles.
Why should patients seek treatment for sports injuries?
Patients should seek treatment for sports injuries because untreated injuries can lead to complications with healing. An untreated injury today can lead to chronic pain, additional injuries, and less than optimal performance in the future.
How does Structural Based Therapy treat sports injuries?
Structural Based Therapy approaches the treatment of sports injuries holistically. In addition to treating the injury itself, the doctors at this facility also try to help the patient improve their performance and reduce the risk of future injuries.
When a patient comes to Structural Based Therapy with a sports injury, the doctor will begin by performing a physical exam to understand the injury and identify any factors that may have caused or contributed to it.
Next, the doctor will develop a customized treatment plan designed to alleviate pain, restore normal function, and improve the patient’s overall fitness. Treatment plans typically include specific exercises, joint manipulation, massage therapy, and other conservative treatments.
How can patients prevent sports injuries?
Patients can prevent sports injuries by engaging in a warm-up session before every sporting activity. Patients should also increase their activity level gradually to properly condition their bodies and prevent injuries due to weakness or overuse. In addition, patients should follow all of their doctor’s advice when recovering from an existing injury.