Sports Injuries: Treatment and Prevention with Our Palos Heights Chiropractor
Our chiropractor in Palos Heights, Dr. Rory Marrello, works with active people of all ages and abilities, including amateur and professional athletes. He knows how important exercise is for physical and mental well-being, and as a mixed martial artist himself, he understands how frustrating a sports injury can be.
It's his pleasure to diagnose, treat, and prevent sports injury for members of his Palos Heights, IL community.
Watch Out for These Common Sports Injuries
Do you experience pain, stiffness, numbness, swelling, joint instability, or other symptoms during or after activity? You could be dealing with a sports injury, such as:
- Muscle strain
- Ligament sprain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Joint dislocation
- Lateral or medial epicondylitis (e.g., tennis elbow or golfer's elbow)
If left untreated, a sports injury may also lead to or worsen chronic issues like osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease. Recurring injuries, such as frequent ankle sprains or wrist pain, can also indicate other underlying issues, like weakness, instability, or poor body mechanics at work or in day-to-day life, that need to be resolved for optimal healing.
Sports Injury Risk Factors
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced competitor, you may be at risk of experiencing a sports injury if you:
- Do a lot of jumping, pivoting, running, or other types of repetitive or explosive weight-bearing activities
- Do more than your tissues are physically prepared for/capable of (overtrain)
- Don't get good sleep or nutrition
- Have poor body mechanics or limited mobility
- Experience an acute accident such as a collision, fall, or slip
When to See a Chiropractor for Sports Injury Treatment
It's true that some sports injuries can heal up on their own, especially if you follow the classic "RICE" method of rest, ice, elevation, and compression. But in many cases, seeking professional care from a chiropractor is necessary. Our Palos Heights chiropractic staff advises a consultation for anyone who has:
- Recurring injuries
- Pain and dysfunction that lasts longer than two weeks
- Decreased range of motion
- Physical performance that feels below their true potential
Our chiropractor in Palos Heights provides non-invasive, drug-free techniques like adjustments, corrective exercises, RockTape, and other services that accelerate tissue healing, alleviate pain, minimize downtime, and improve your strength, stamina, and power. We help individuals and caregivers make important decisions regarding when they should return-to-sport, and also refer patients to other professionals as necessary to ensure comprehensive care.
Looking for Varsity-Level Care for Your Sports Injury?
Contact Platinum Chiropractic at (708) 361-8800 if you live near Palos Heights, IL and are ready to get off the sidelines with help from our sports injury chiropractor, Dr. Rory Marrello.