Soft Tissue/Sports Injury Rehab
There are basically 2 types of soft tissue injuries: acute injuries and chronic (overuse) injuries. Acute injuries are usually the result of a single, traumatic event. Common examples include: fractures, ankle sprains, shoulder dislocations and hamstring strains.
Overuse injuries are subtle and usually occur over time, making them challenging to diagnose and treat. They are the result of repetitive micro-trauma to the tendons, ligaments, bones, joints and fascia. Common examples of overuse injuries include: carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, swimmer’s shoulder, pitching elbow, runner’s knee (IT band syndrome), jumper’s knee, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and shin splints.
Proper technique is critical in avoiding overuse injuries, as slight changes in form may be the culprit. Some people are more prone than others to experience overuse injuries. Imbalances between strength, flexibility and pliability around certain joints can alter specific movement patterns and predispose individuals to injury.
Body alignment, such as knock-knees, bowlegs, unequal leg-lengths and flat, or high arched feet, may also impact a person’s susceptibility. Many people may also have weak kinetic links due to old injuries, incompletely rehabilitated injuries, or other anatomic factors. Other factors to consider include: equipment, such as the type of running shoe, and terrain – hard vs. soft surface in aerobic, dance, or running activities.
At Danbury Chiropractic and Wellness we have the ability to identify faulty movement patterns that often times precede injury. Understanding the body’s kinetic chain and utilizing the appropriate soft tissue technique can help ensure an athlete’s chance of minimizing the potential onset of acute, or overuse injuries and improve optimal performance while decreasing recovery/rehabilitation time.