EXERCISE AND SPORTS INJURIES
Dr. Douglas Cancel and Performance Sport Care are enthusiastic advocates of regular exercise and sports participation. Regular exercise has many benefits for your body. However, exercise, even regular careful exercise, does come with risks. Many people may escape their exercise or sports participation with only minor stiffness, soreness, or blisters. But others will experience more significant injuries that may sideline them, shut down workouts, or even interfere with their ability to carry out the simplest activities of ordinary living. People who are serious about their performance realize that if you don’t remain “in the game” then you are getting worse because everyone around you is getting better. This is the competitive world in which we exist.
When the more significant injuries strike, you need a health professional with the knowledge and experience to accurately identify your problem… someone who will target it with the most effective treatment and recovery strategies. You want a doctor who has been where you are, who has come back from serious injuries and surgeries. You want a sports chiropractor who truly understands what you’ve been doing and what motivates you to do it. You want a doctor who understands that success is not defined by performing at a high level just once. It’s about getting better every day. It’s all about YOU getting better.
This website contains sections that describe the different types of injuries that people consult us about, organized by different body regions. We welcome you to review those sections to see if any apply to you. If you have a problem not mentioned on our website we welcome you to contact us with any questions you might have.
Some general concepts about exercise and sports injuries are worth mentioning: Physical activity, of any sort, does carry a risk of injury. Sensible precautions can help everyone to reduce risks. For example:
- Warming up before exercise.
- Exercising within your capabilities.
- Increasing your exercise levels slowly.
Most sports injuries result from:
- Doing too much too quickly.
- Overestimating your fitness and ability.
- Lack of preparation/poor technique.
- Pushing your body too hard (over-training).
- Poor equipment and accidents.
Most sports injuries involve either sudden or gradual damage (trauma) to the musculoskeletal system. This means to the structures that hold the skeleton together and move it along. These include:
- Ligaments: the thick bands of tissue that connect one bone to another.
- Tendons: the tough cords that anchor muscles to bones.
- Joints: like the shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles.
- Cartilage: tough, flexible tissue that covers the surface of joints and allows bones to slide over one another.
Most exercise and sports injuries generally involve one of two mechanisms:
- Sudden in onset: often the result of a sudden impact or an awkward movement. Sprains, and sometimes more serious injuries, are a risk. Sudden injuries are generally accidental.
- Gradual in onset: often the result of overusing a particular part of the body, sometimes due to poor technique. Overuse injuries are common in professional athletes because of the intense nature of their training. They are also seen in those who train regularly. For example, overuse injuries can affect those who spend long periods in a repetitive action such as marathon running. This is partly because slight problems with technique will be magnified by being repeated over and over again. It is also partly because intense and prolonged training does not allow muscles, tendons and ligaments recovery time from the minor stresses and strains of training sessions. Overuse injuries can theoretically affect any part of the musculoskeletal system, including bones (stress fractures).
When engaging in any sports activity, it is important to stay healthy and pain-free so you can perform at your best. But with injuries, you may become limited in your flexibility, mobility and function. Maximize your participation in sports activities with the help of Dr. Douglas Cancel and Performance Sport Care.
Our holistic approach to treating musculoskeletal injuries is designed to correct any dysfunction and bring back the optimum health of your tissues, muscles and bones. We believe in attentive care, careful diagnosis and tailored treatments to bring the best possible results at the quickest possible time.
Looking to fix your sports-related injury? Dr. Douglas Cancel is the most trusted and highly experienced “chiropractor near me,” serving Walnut Creek, CA, and the nearby communities of Concord, Pleasant Hill, Danville and Lafayette.
With 30 years of experience, Dr. Cancel specializes in the assessment and treatment of painful and debilitating musculoskeletal problems and sports-related injuries. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a recreational athlete, he offers the same quality of care utilized to enhance performance and prevent injuries in elite athletes. From chronic pain management to personal training, Dr. Cancel can help you.
You Don’t Have To Be a “Pro” To Be Treated Like a “Pro”
At Performance Sport Care, everyday people can experience the same proven, problem-focused care applied in an effective manner. You don’t have to be a professional or elite athlete; this Walnut Creek chiropractor will provide personalized care that’s focused on your needs. Dr. Cancel can help get your life back on track.
Experience personalized care for sports-related injuries at Performance Sport Care. Feel free to contact us at (925) 945-1155 or use our Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation.