Dr Jason Christ’s main focus and passion is to help his patients see a new world of freedom in true health and wellness. He performs a variety of adjusting techniques as needed by each individual patient.
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sports injuries | Dr. Jason Christ, TULSA CHIROPRACTOR
Dr Jason Christ’s main focus and passion is to help his patients see a new world of freedom in true health and wellness.
Dr. Jason Christ Chiropractic is an athelete who belives body conditioning is an important step in maintaining your health. Exercise strengthens your heart, bones, and joints and reduces stress, among many other benefits. Injuries during participation in sports, unfortunately, are commonplace. The most common injuries occur in someone who is taking up sports as a form of activity, is without proper safety equipment, or becomes over enthusiastic about the exercise regimen.
The more commonly injured areas of the body are the ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows, and spine. Remember that you should discuss any exercise program with your doctor of chiropractic before undertaking such activities.
STRAINS AND SPRAINS
Although bones can sometimes be fractured with acute sports injuries, the most commonly injured parts of the body are muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Tendons attach muscles to bones, and ligaments attach one bone to another.
An acute twisting or overextension of a joint can lead to muscle and tendon tears, called “strains,” and ligament tears result in “sprains.” In mild injuries, just a few fibers are torn or stretched. Severe injuries, where there is a tear through the full thickness of the structure, are called "unstable injuries" and frequently require surgery. The intervertebral disc, a ligament between the vertebrae of the spine that works as a shock absorber, can also be torn, resulting in a disc bulge and/or herniation.
Ankle sprains often involve tears of one or more ligaments along the outside ankle. Knee ligaments can also be torn. Additionallly, the cartilage on the patella (knee-cap) back can deteriorate from overuse, leading to a condition termed chondromalacia patella.
Overuse of a particular joint or joints in the body in somone training too much can result in pain and dysfunction. These injuries are called “overuse syndromes.” A common overuse injury is tendinosis, also called tendinitis, when the tendon becomes inflamed from repetitive use. In the shoulder, the rotator cuff (a complex of muscles that stabilizes and moves the shoulder) becomes inflamed, resulting in rotator cuff tendinitis. Tennis elbow is another form of tendinitis occuring along the outside of the elbow, most commonly in tennis players. In golfer’s elbow, the inside tendons of the elbow are affected.
Some athletes may experience a stress fracture, also called a fatigue fracture. This type of fracture occurs from an abnormal amount of stress being placed on the bone. An example is a runner who rapidly increases the amount of mileage while training for an event. Stress fractures also occur in people who begin running as a form of exercise but overdo it from the start, rather than gradually increasing their distance.
In many cases, sports injuries can be prevented. Proper conditioning and warm-up and cool-down procedures, as well as appropriate safety equipment, can substantially reduce injuries. Understanding proper techniques can also go a long way toward preventing injuries.
Sufficient water intake is also an important preventive measure. And proper nutrition is critical for prevention and recovery. Dr. Jason Christ Chiropractic provides chiropractic adjustments, nutrition counseling and wellness care.