Sports Injury Treatment with Chiropractic and Active Release (ART)

Chiropractic Treatment of Sports Injuries in Bellevue, WAMost athletic injuries result from improper joint mechanics and repetitive overuse of muscles and joints.

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a competitive athlete, if you play sports chances are you're going to suffer an injury at some point.  How you choose to treat that injury can affect how fast and how well you recover from it.

Chiropractic, Active Release Techniques and Kinesio Taping can be an incredibly effective combination for treating sports injuries.  In fact, Dr. Keith McGahey has been using this approach to help successfully treat injuries and improve performance in athletes since 1998.




Why Do Sports Injuries Occur?

Most injuries are the result of repetitive use and wear and tear.  Whatever sport you're involved in, there's usually an element of moving your arms, legs or body forcefully.  Running, throwing, swimming, cycling, racquet sports, and sports in general place a great deal of stress on the body.

Over time that stress causes microscopic injury to the muscles, joints and soft tissues, making them stiff and weak.  As the cycle continues inflammation and scar tissue build up, until one day you you tax your body too hard and an injury occurs.


What Are the Most Common Sports Injuries?

Most injuries fall into one of three general categories:  strains, sprains and tendonitis.  For more information about a specific sports injuries, refer to the Active Release Technique or Conditions Treated sections of this site.


Muscle Strains (pulled muscle)

A strain is an injury to a muscle that usually occurs when the muscle is placed under excessive demand or stretched beyond its limit.  Strains can range from mild to severe, and depending on the size of the muscle can be quite painful.

Athletes aren't the only ones susceptible to a strained or pulled muscle.  Most individuals will suffer one at some point in their lives, with the neck, back or legs being the most common locations.


A sprain is an injury to a ligament, which is the thick, fibrous tissue that connects bones to each other.  Ligaments are designed to hold joints together, making them strong and stable.  However, if a ligament is stretched too far it can become injured (mild or moderate sprain) or even torn (severe sprain).

Once a sprain occurs your body starts to produce scar tissue.  This can cause the affected joint to become stiff and weak, or even unstable in some cases.  The most common locations for sprains are the ankles, knees and wrists.


Tendonitis is a painful, nagging condition that occurs when a tendon becomes inflamed from repetitive use or overuse of a joint. This type of injury is common in athletes who over-train or perform repetitive movements, and usually becomes worse over time with continued use. 

Tennis elbow and rotator cuff tendonitis (shoulder) can occur with repetitive movements of the arm such as throwing.  Iliotibial band (IT band) syndrome, patellar tendonitis (knee), and Achilles tendonitis (back of the heel) occur with repetitive use of the leg and are common in runners, cyclists and running athletes.


Don't Ignore the Warning Signs

If you have pain or stiffness in the muscles or joints related to sports or training, don't ignore the warning signs.  Sports injuries can be weeks, months or even years in the making, and by the time you feel these types of symptoms you may be creeping closer to a more serious injury.

Chiropractic and Active Release Technique can quickly and effectively improve the function of joints and soft tissues, reduce inflammation, and speed up healing.  This treatment combination can also help reduce the risk of re-injury, improve performance, and return an athlete to training more quickly than passive therapies such as bracing and rest.


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Dr. Keith McGahey has been successfully treating professional, amateur and high school athletes alike since 1998.  Just call or click to schedule an appointment or free consultation today and get back in the game.

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