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Approximately four weeks into an eight-week training program for my first triathlon I began to experience mild to severe pain in my right thigh and hip area. The pain was brought on by running which was a new activity for me—swimming and cycling had always been a part of my life. Immediately following my first 5K training run, the pain began mildly but became more and more intense as the hours passed. Late that same night the pain was severe enough to make me limp with every step.
My fear at that time, of course, was an injury that could keep me from further training and force me to withdraw from the upcoming triathlon. That scenario would have been devastating to me, so I was determined to find a way to continue. At the recommendation of a fellow tri-athlete, I decided to make an appointment with a chiropractic sports physician—someone who regularly works with athletes and understands their focus and motivation. I soon found myself in the care of Dr. Maggio, and after a thorough consultation I began to undergo regular treatments of Active Release Therapy.
After one treatment, my pain was reduced by approximately 70%. For the next few weeks leading up to the triathlon, I went in for ART and the pain continued to diminish until it virtually disappeared. I never missed a training run and by race day I was able to compete with no pain. Since the race I have continued to keep running as part of my regular exercise routine and have done so pain free since the ART treatments. For future races, I plan to treat the same muscle groups with Active Release Therapy for prevention and maintenance.
- Amy M.
If you enjoy spending time engaging in a sporting activity, there is always the possibility that you could become injured during the exercise you are participating in. Many people turn to Downtown Chiropractic, Inc. in Albuquerque to meet with our chiropractor when a sports injury occurs. Here is some information about sports injuries to read over so you learn the types that often occur, how to avoid them, and how chiropractic care can help if you are inflicted with one.
Common Sports Injuries
Common injuries that occur while playing sports include sprains, pulled muscles, or pain in the back, neck, or shoulders. These types of injuries could be felt during the sport activity or they may not be noticed until after your body rests.
A concussion or whiplash could occur if your upper body suffers from an impact or a quick, jerking motion. It is best to see our Albuquerque chiropractor so that he can use chiropractic techniques to minimize your discomfort and pain.
How to Protect Yourself from
There are a few ways you can try to minimize the risk of getting an injury when you intend on participating in a sporting activity. It is important to familiarize yourself with the rules of any sport you are going to try. Reading about the sport or enrolling in a training course can help you learn how you should move your body as you play so that injuries are less likely to happen.
In addition to learning about the rules on the sport you intend to play, it is best to use any type of protective gear available for the duration of gameplay sessions. Sporting goggles, headgear, and special clothing can help to keep you as safe as possible.
Make sure you do some stretching before you start any type of sport activity. This primes your muscles so that they are less likely to seize during exercise. Stretching will also allow for your heart to slowly increase its beat in preparation for exercising.
How Our Chiropractor Can Help Your Sports Injury
If you do happen to get injured, healing is necessary before you can continue with sports. Our chiropractor will assess the extent of your injury and provide you with a treatment plan to relieve pain and discomfort effectively. Spinal adjustments, massage, and physical therapy all work well at helping the body to heal when a sporting injury happens.
Contact Downtown Chiropractic, Inc. in Albuquerque to make an appointment with our chiropractor, he can help relieve your pain sustained from a sports injury.
Call our practice at (505) 242-8400.