Playing sports keeps you in shape, but sometimes injuries force you to take a timeout. Philip Striano, DC, with Hudson Rivertowns Chiropractic in Dobbs Ferry, New York, has many years of experience treating athletes with sports injuries, helping them move from acute injury through rehabilitation to full mobility and health. His chiropractic care also helps you prevent future injuries. Call or book an appointment online today if you have pain from a sports injury; you’ll benefit from Dr. Striano’s training, expertise, and commitment to excellence.request an appointment
What types of sports injuries are the most common?
Sprains and strains are the most common types of diagnoses you receive if you’ve been injured playing sports. Dr. Striano X-rays your injured area to check for broken bones or tissue damage.
If you have a sprain, you’ve stretched or torn your ligaments — tissue connecting the bones in your joints. A strain is a stretch or tear in a muscle or tendon; a tendon is a tissue that connects your muscles to your bones.
If you have a sprain or strain, you’ll need to take it easy for a few days, weeks, or even months, depending on the severity of your injury. Most sprains and strains can heal with chiropractic care, sometimes complemented with physical therapy, but significant tears require surgery.
What is the best treatment for sprains and strains?
If you follow the PRICE method, you’ll recover faster. Dr. Striano advises you on what you can and can’t do during treatment and recovery.
- Protect yourself from further injury — splints, pads, canes
- Reduce your activity level
- Ice the area immediately and then at intervals — 20 minutes every one or two hours for the first few days
- Compression — an elastic bandage limits swelling
- Elevate the injury — if it’s in the leg, keep the leg higher than your heart
How does a chiropractor treat the most common sports injuries?
In addition to the above commonsense strategies, during appointments, Dr. Striano uses passive and active modalities to help you recover, such as heat or ice, TENS unit treatment, ultrasound, exercises, and practice using a cane or walker. If the injury is fairly severe, he prescribes physical therapy. Following is a list of the most common injuries and a snapshot of recommended care.
- Ankle sprain: ice; chiropractic treatment
- Groin pull: compression, ice, and rest
- Hamstring strain: chiropractic care and physical therapy — can take 6-12 months since hamstring is used when walking
- Tennis elbow: chiropractic care and physical therapy, usually for a few weeks
- Rotator cuff: significant tear requires surgery, while mild strain can need chiropractic care and physical therapy
- Knee ACL tear: if full tear, surgery required; chiropractic care and physical therapy for inflammation and pain
- Hip injuries: surgery required for severe labrum tear
- Lower back strain: chiropractic, physical therapy
Call or book an appointment online today with Dr. Striano if you have a sports injury and want the most up-to-date treatment.