Ballpark parking lots begin filling up. Concessions serve ice cold drinks. Sunflower seeds litter the ground, and the crack of a fastball coming off a bat fills the air. It’s summer, and better yet, it’s baseball season. From little league all the way up to the majors, the boys of summer are in full swing. Unfortunately, so are baseball-related injuries.
There’s no doubt that America loves the game. Even with occasional chatter about drops in popularity, there are millions of baseball players across our nation, ranging from t-ball to professional. By and large the sport is safe, but injury does occur. Among youth athletes, about 110,000 will require medical attention for baseball-related injuries each year. In many cases, chiropractic care can help treat and rehabilitate these injuries, so athletes can continue to play the sport they love without worry.
Treating Sprained Ankles from Baseball
Ankle sprains are common across the board in baseball. From catchers to outfielders, every position is susceptible. Typical treatment depends on the severity of the sprain and may include immobilizing the joint with a boot, taking anti-inflammatories, and possibly physical therapy. However, just as the spine has an ideal alignment, so too do the bones of your foot and ankle. Chiropractors can help adjust and realign these bones properly, while also providing exercise and rehabilitation techniques to restore full range of motion.
Treating Rotator Cuff Injuries in Pitchers
Not surprisingly, shoulder strains and rotator cuff injuries are common among pitchers. These injuries lead to pain, tenderness, and weakness within the arm and shoulder, and if not treated properly, drastically impact the ability to play the game. Chiropractic techniques for the shoulder can help ensure total healing, range of motion, and aid in the avoidance of re-injury.
Treating Baseball-Related Tendonitis
Tendonitis is a common overuse injury seen in baseball and occurs when a tendon connecting muscle to bone becomes injured or strained. Upon injury, the area may be immobilized and iced. Chiropractors may then use a range of therapies such as joint manipulation, manual trigger point therapy, or electrical stimulation to help the injured site fully heal and recuperate. When treated properly, tendonitis will heal over a course of several weeks, after which any remaining scar tissue can be addressed.
Baseball may be America’s pastime, but baseball-related injuries threaten to dampen the game. Proper technique and safety equipment can go a long way in the prevention of injury. And, in those instances when injury does occur, chiropractic care can often help players heal the right way, and get them back in the game sooner rather than later.
For athletes in the Greater Charlotte area, consider visiting one of the two locations of SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers to help get, and keep, your body in game-ready shape.