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Chiropractic Treatment For Sport's Injuries

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Recovering from sports injury through chiropractic care.

Sports, whether competitive or recreational, are great ways to keep fit, spend some time outdoors and have a great time. However, all sports come with some degree of risk for injury. While adults risk injury from playing their favorite sports, children are especially prone to suffer an injury while playing or practicing their favorite athletics. With all of the great school and recreational athletic opportunities here, sports injury in Twin Falls is a common problem.

Kids today are facing obesity and Type 2 diabetes in numbers that were unheard of just ten years ago. This is largely due to a sports injury, poor diet, and a lack of physical activity. 

Golay Chiropractic is your sports chiropractor in the Twin Falls area. We work directly with you to develop custom sports chiropractic treatment plans to help you improve your performance or heal from your sports injuries. Getting you back in the game is our priority! 


Some sobering statistics on sports injuries.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 30-million children and teens participate in some form of recreational or competitive athletics each year. Of those 30-million kids, 3.5-million  suffer some form of sports injury. Over 775,000 of these children seek treatment in the emergency room each year. The majority of these sports injuries are from falls, collisions, overexertion and being hit by objects such as hockey sticks, bats, rackets and balls. In almost twenty years of treating kids and adults in Twin Falls as a sports chiropractor, Dr. Golay has seen quite a few of those injuries.

The practice is a higher risk than the game.

The most injury-prone sports are contact sports such as football, rugby, soccer, lacrosse, and wrestling. You might be surprised to learn that most injuries don’t occur during games but during practice. In fact, according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, 62% of sports injuries occurs during practice. Of course, this makes sense if you compare the amount of time that kids spend at practice versus the amount of time they actually spend playing in a game. While we do want to encourage kids and teens to participate in sports, it’s important to understand the risks.

The most common types of sports injuries.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, the areas of the body most prone to sports injury are the ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows, and spine. These parts of the body are vulnerable to being hit or to being injured during a fall or collision, but they can also become injured to due repetitious movements. There are several common types of sports injury.

These are just the most common types of sports injury. Obviously, there are more severe spinal, head and neck injuries that can be very serious and even life-threatening.

A sudden twist or overextension of a joint can cause the tendons or muscles (a strain) or ligaments (a sprain) to tear. If not allowed to heal properly, those tendons and ligaments are at a much higher risk of re-injury later on.

Anything that places sudden or unaccustomed stress on joints or muscles may cause a sprain or strain.
Falling, heavy lifting, exerting too much, knocking a joint out of position, and overstretching are some of the most common causes.

Overusing a joint can also stretch ligaments, cause chronic imflammation, or chronic irritation of a muscle tendon.

Being overweight, inactive, or in poor physical condition boosts the likelihood of injury. Improperly warming up and not stretching muscles before intense exercise can also result in injury.


Start Living Without Back Pain

There are several ways that a sports chiropractor can help reduce the pain and speed the healing of a sports injury. Our sports chiropractor will ask questions about what the patient was doing at the time of the injury to help him get a clear idea of what’s happened. The doctor may also need to take x-rays to make sure there’s no fracture or conduct an ultrasound to detect any injury to the muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Once the sports chiropractor has diagnosed the injury, he can decide on the best course of treatment. Treatments may include using heat and/or ice to reduce pain and swelling, joint manipulation or realignment, compression and elevation of the limb. Pain relievers may or not be prescribed, as some pain relievers can actually hamper the recovery process by interfering with the body’s immune response and healing mechanisms.

Treating sports injuries in Twin Falls since 1994

Dr. Golay is both a parent of young athletes and an athlete himself, and understands the frustration of being sidelined by an injury. If you or your child has suffered a sports injury, Dr. Golay and Golay Chiropractic would be happy to answer any questions you may have or to schedule you for a sports chiropractor consultation to see how we can help. We’ll do our best to make you comfortable and to get you back in the game as quickly as possible.