While it can be a fun sport and a great way to get exercise, playing soccer does come with the risk of injury. Luckily, many of the injuries that soccer players experience can be treated or prevented by a chiropractor. Here are some of the most common injuries in soccer that chiropractic treatment can help with:
Sprains and Strains
These are some of the most common injuries to soccer players. According to Stop Sports Injuries, “Injuries to the upper extremities usually occur from falling on an outstretched arm or from player-to-player contact. These conditions include wrist sprains, wrist fractures, and shoulder dislocations.” Soccer players may also suffer from neck sprains.
Knee and Ankle Injuries in General
Stop Sports Injuries reports that lower extremity injuries are most common in soccer, such as twists to the knees and overuse injuries, further citing patellar tendinitis and Achilles tendinitis (which cause pain in the knee and ankle respectively) among the most prevalent overuse injuries. U.S. Soccer lists ligament injuries to the ankle and knee as top time-loss injuries.
How Can a Chiropractor Help with These Injuries?
A chiropractor can use a range of treatments to treat ankle, knee, neck, and shoulder pain. Ankle pain can be treated using manipulation of the affected area, as well as traction and active release techniques for the soft tissue. Knee pain can be treated through manipulation and mobilization techniques, as well as strength and stability exercises, for the reduction of pain and inflammation. In addition to addressing the knee itself, a chiropractor can correct misalignments in the rest of your body that could be caused by your body’s attempt to compensate for pain, stiffness, and mobility issues. Neck pain can be treated with spinal manipulation and exercises. Many of the same treatments that work for these other injuries may also apply for shoulder injuries, even dislocations.
A chiropractor may also be trained in additional physiological therapies and related medical fields, which could be useful for treating any of the above issues; Dr. Khlebopros, for example, is skilled in orthotics as well as chiropractic. A chiropractor may also be able to suggest lifestyles changes that could improve your condition after an injury.
If you’re looking for a chiropractor in North Carolina, consider Proactive Chiropractic and Rehab Centre in Charlotte, NC. We can help reduce or eliminate pain caused by a variety of injuries and conditions.