Sports Injuries

Bradley Grossman, DC -  - Chiropractor

Bradley Grossman, DC

Chiropractor located in Chelsea, New York, NY

Dr. Bradley Grossman is a Board Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of sports injuries and complaints. The doctor and his staff serve many communities in the New York City, New York area, including those who live in Chelsea and the surrounding communities.

Sports Injuries Q&A

Why are Sports Injuries Different?

The main difference between a sports injury and a regular injury is the condition of the patient. An athlete that has injured a joint is physically stronger than a normal person. They have more muscle that can be easily damaged. Their muscles are stronger and may cause the injury to worsen if the proper musculoskeletal structure is not maintained. In most cases, an athlete will heal faster due to the increase in their circulation. Their body functions more efficiently and their body will respond much quicker to treatment methods like massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments. An athlete is also much more likely to do what is necessary to get themselves back into shape as an injury heals.

Will Massage Therapy Hasten the Healing Process?

Massage therapy will hasten the healing process in a variety of ways. Deep tissue massage strengthens the muscles, eliminates toxins, increases blood flow, and helps to maintain both range of motion and flexibility. With more blood flow to the area, the injured tissues will receive more oxygen and nutrients that it will need during the healing process. Massage therapy also works the muscles, keeping them pliable and moving even when the patient cannot exercise due to the injury. Manual manipulation of the muscle tissue can provide many of the same benefits of physical exercise, restoring proper blood flow and carrying away the lactic acid that is produced through exercise.

Can Chiropractic Adjustments be Used to Heal Old Sports Injuries?

Chiropractic adjustments can be used to heal old sports related injuries, as long as the structural damage within the area is minimal. Old sports injuries can result in chronic pain and discomfort, especially if they were not allowed to heal properly when the injury first occurred. Chiropractic adjustments can help to eliminate chronic inflammation and, when combined with massage therapy, begin to eliminate any scar tissue buildup that is present. Over time, the repeated realignment of the bones and connective tissues, along with retraining the muscles will help to restore balance within the joint. Although the old injury may be unable to completely heal, chiropractic adjustments can reduce the pain and inflammation that has become chronic.

What Are Signs of Different Sports Related Injuries?

Though there is no such thing as a "safe" sport, highly competitive sports, such as football, weightlifting, gymnastics, and wrestling, pose particularly higher risks of injuries, especially among children.

According to experts, as much as 20 percent of all sports-related injuries involve the lower back or neck. Running and weightlifting, and other sports that involve repetitive impact expose children to a high risk for lumbar (lower back) injuries. Contact sports, such as soccer and football, expose the cervical spine, or neck, to injury. More than one-third of all high school football players sustain some type of injury. Soccer participants are easy candidates for mild to severe head traumas, neck injuries, cervical spine damage, headache, neck pain, dizziness, irritability, and insomnia. Heading the ball, the act of using the head to re-direct the soccer ball has been linked with cervical injuries in children and adults. The trampoline and gymnastics also present significant risks for spinal cord injuries from unexpected and brute falls or contact with hard surfaces.

Here's a look at some of the other common injuries by sport:

  • Bicycling: Poor posture can greatly increase your risks of a back injury during cycling. When riding a bike, your lower back is constantly flexing sideways and up and down. Upper back injuries can involve the flexing of the neck. And the bumps and jars incurred on the road during cycling can wreak havoc and possible compression injuries to your spine.
  • Golf: Common injuries incurred during the sport of golf usually involve muscle sprains and strains to the lower back.
  • Running/jogging: Running and jogging puts a great deal of stress on your back since the constant pounding against a hard surface can jar, and possibly compress, structures such as vertebrae, joints, and discs.
  • Skiing: Skiing involves a great deal of twisting and turning motions, as well as jarring landings, all of which can cause muscle sprains and strains and in some cases, minor spinal fractures.
  • Swimming: Swimmers are known to incur lower back injuries. Motions such as the crawl or breaststroke can cause the lumbar region to be hyperextended. If the swimmer is not properly conditioned or warmed up, the hyperextension sometimes doesn't subside.
  • Tennis "Tennis elbow" is a layman's term for pain on the lateral, or outside part of the elbow, on or near the bony protrusion. Tennis elbow is caused when the tendon from the elbow bone tears or is ruptured. It is no surprise that professional tennis players can become inflicted with this with all of the stress and strain they place on the joint during play. In addition, tennis players are in constant motion, and the repeated twisting and trunk rotations can cause injuries. Shoulder injuries and turned ankles and knees also are common. The act of serving the ball also has been shown to hyperextend the lower back, and possibly compress discs.
  • Weight lifting/body building:  Bodybuilders are at a significant risk for a host of serious back, shoulder, neck, and knee injuries. Resistance training has been known to cause muscle sprains and strains, ligament and tendon injuries, and in some cases, stress fractures (also called spondylolysis). Older people seem to be at higher risk since their bones and discs are more brittle.