Summer has arrived! Many people are getting out in the sun to enjoy activities to the full. They are swimming, surfing, wakeboarding, playing tennis, golfing, hiking, camping, and the list goes on. Unfortunately, unless you have made an effort to stay fit through the cold winter months, a sudden increase in physical exertion can cause injuries and bring your summer fun to a stop. Chiropractors report that as summer progress, they see an increase in injuries, such as acute knee pain, tennis or golf elbow, rotator cuff injuries, chronic lower back pain, or other neck and shoulder pain. Consider this advice from a chiropractor: Decrease the likelihood of suffering from some of these injuries by adding a training schedule into your daily routine before committing yourself to any strenuous activity. For example, if you have signed up to run a marathon, you are probably already aware that it is wise to start training months ahead of the race. The same goes for basically any other activity, such as tennis, golfing, or surfing. Prepare your muscles for the hard work of performing for these activities. The majority of summer sports injuries are caused by actions requiring repetitive motion, like running on a hard surface, tennis serves, and golf swings.
Although chiropractors treat sports injuries with a variety of methods to manage pain and start the process of recovery (such as bracing, taping, electrical muscle stimulation, heat and ice, and exercise), their main mission is to adjust misalignments of the spine so that the body’s natural healing process can take place. Rather than rely on over-the-counter painkillers to mask the pain of the injury, chiropractors target the source of the pain, reducing internal inflammation and diminishing swelling. Some people think that “over-training” can lead to injury during a sporting event. However, that is a common misconception. Of course, accidents can occur regardless of how much or how little training you have had. Regardless of the cause, be sure to seek the assistance of a chiropractor immediately so that the injury does not develop into a chronically debilitating condition. Want to enjoy your summer activities to the full? Contact our chiropractors at McKim Chiropractic today to schedule an examination and recommended treatment. Our licensed and certified staff is happy to help the residents of Boise, Nampa, and Caldwell, ID enjoy their summer injury free!