Sports medicine chiropractors focus on providing joint and muscle treatments. Injuries from sports can cause problems in your mobility and range of motion. Tissue, bone, and muscle damage can cause you to suffer from chronic aches and more serious musculoskeletal ailments. If you want to find out how a sports medicine chiropractor can help you,…
How Sports Medicine is Used in Pain Management
Pain management is a field of medicine that involves the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic and acute pain. Pain can be caused by many different things, including lifting heavy objects improperly, poor posture, disease, injury, or aging. The cause of your pain will be one of many factors that influences how your pain is treated. For example, sports medicine focuses on treating and preventing pain and injuries caused by participation in athletic activities.
How does sports medicine help with pain management?
There are several reasons why someone might choose sports medicine to help with their pain. If you suffer from any of these conditions, consider your options for treatment and whether sports medicine is right for you.
Helps relieve arthritis pain
Symptoms of arthritis include swelling, stiffness, and achiness in the soft tissues of muscles. Untreated arthritis can cause even more serious issues, particularly in people who engage in athletic activities. For example, a runner might change their running gait to help ease pain caused by arthritis, which in turn can cause discomfort in the hip, back, and ankles. A sports medicine doctor can provide various therapies to help relieve pain caused by arthritis, as well as suggest physical activities to do while you prepare to engage in your regular exercise again.
Helps heal concussions
Along with falls and accidents, concussions are caused by sports such as soccer, football, or ice hockey. Concussions can be serious and usually have headaches, nausea, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating as initial symptoms. A sports medicine doctor will examine you to gauge the severity of the injury, usually through various tests or imaging like a CT scan. Pain management and treatment for concussions may involve rest, avoiding bright lights and screens, and refraining from exercise until the injury has healed. The sports medicine doctor will monitor your progress and declare when it is safe to return to your regular activities.
Assists with treating stress fractures
A stress fracture is an injury that is commonly caused by overuse, whether from running long distances or repeated punching or kicking, as is involved in boxing workouts. Two common locations for stress fractures are the lower leg and foot. A sports medicine doctor can provide imaging to pinpoint the location and severity of a stress fracture and treat the injury from there. A typical treatment is putting the patient in a walking boot if the injury is in the foot or ankle. Along with treatment, the doctor may talk to the patient about proper nutrition for bone health, such as getting enough calcium and vitamin D. Getting enough of certain nutrients can help prevent stress fractures from occurring in the future.
Sports medicine has helped many people deal with acute and chronic pain. Always ask your primary physician if you have any questions or concerns about seeing a sports medicine doctor for pain management.
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