It’s springtime again in Minnesota, and that means it’s time to dust off the old cleats and step out onto the field for your favorite all-American warm-weather pastime. Whether you’re a pitcher for your office baseball team or you’re out on the tennis court at your local country club, getting back to your favorite sport can be rewarding.
In the midst of all that fun, there’s always a chance an injury can slow you down. If you’re trying to avoid re-injuring a sprain, it can put a damper on the competition. In those post, our team of sports rehabilitation experts at Olson Family Chiropractic in Lakeville shares our advice for avoiding re-injury after your sports sprain.
Types of Sports Sprains
A sprain is simply a tear in the muscle or ligament. A sprained ligament muscle is one of the most common injuries you can get when you’re playing sports. If it’s a muscle you use while playing your sport, there’s a chance you could sprain it. Some of the most common sprains chiropractors see are ankles, knees, wrists, and even thumbs. When your muscle or ligament is sprained, you need to give your body plenty of time to heal or you could worsen the injury, which means even more time on the bench.
Avoiding Re-injury After Your Sprain
If you’ve been injured while playing your favorite sport, you probably did as you were told and stayed off of your injury while you were in pain. But the mistake most players make is thinking that because the pain has begun to lessen, the injury is healed enough to get back out there. It’s common for players to end up overdoing things and injuring their original sprain far worse the second time. This is a great way to turn a minor injury into a more serious one that could even require surgery.
Here are a few of our top recommendations for avoiding re-injury:
● Continue to use your brace until you are fully healed.
● Be sure to properly stretch before you play.
● Use a regular exercise program that helps build strength.
● Don’t miss your therapy sessions.
● Don’t overdo your training.
Contact our Lakeville Chiropractor for Sports Rehabilitation
If you’ve recently been injured while playing a sport, it’s important to take the right steps to avoid making that injury worse. At Olson Family Chiropractic in Lakeville, we offer sports rehabilitation to help you heal properly and rebuild your strength.
With our help, you’ll be able to enjoy many more future seasons whether your sport is golf, lacrosse, or even disc golf. If you’re ready to get back out on the field, contact our chiropractic office at 952.431.7100, or contact us to arrange your visit.