Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned athlete, exercise is a healthy routine for every person. Along with a healthy diet and adequate sleep, it is highly recommended to exercise for at least 30 minutes three times per week to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
However, at times during the course exercise an injury may occur such as a sprain or fracture, or you may begin over time to experience gradually increasing pain over the course of weeks, months, or years of training until exercise becomes difficult or impossible. The following guidelines help not only prevent injuries, but also recommend how to care for an exercise injury if one should occur.
Examples of exercise injuries
Common exercise injuries include
- Pulled or strained muscles
- Injuries caused by overuse or overexertion
- Runner’s knee, inflammation or knee pain under the knee cap
- Plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the tissues on the bottom of the foot
- Tennis elbow– inflammation or irritation of the tendons in the arms and elbows
- Shin splints – pain felt on the anterior (front side) of the calf
How can exercise injuries be prevented?
Exercise injuries can often be prevented by keeping a few guidelines in mind such as the use of stretches and low impact exercise to warm up muscles before exercising, use the proper shoes and equipment, use strengthening exercises for muscles surrounding joints and tendons, get adequate rest for muscles to rebuild appropriately and lastly, begin with light exercise in short increments and slowly build up to the desired difficulty and length of exercise.
What can a chiropractor do to help?
At times an injury may require more immediate attention than rest, ice, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E.). A professional physician or chiropractor can aid immediately to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
Furthermore a chiropractor can help patients with spinal, arm, leg, or neck adjustments and treatments to increase blood circulation to the injured area for faster recovery, as well as align the bones correctly surrounding ligaments, tendons and muscles to reduce unnecessary tension on the injury, increase the flexibility of the joints, and help all elements work together for a faster recovery.
For a professional consultation for an exercise-related injury, contact Baker Chiropractic and Accident Rehabilitation. Call our office in Provo Utah at 801-210-0669 and speak with Dr. Baker, our resident Provo chiropractor.