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Sports Injuries

Back Clinic Sports Injuries Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Team. Athletes from all sports can benefit from chiropractic treatment. Adjustments can help treat injuries from high-impact sports i.e. wrestling, football, and hockey. Athletes that get routine adjustments may notice improved athletic performance, improved range of motion along with flexibility, and increased blood flow. Because spinal adjustments will reduce the irritation of the nerve roots between the vertebrae, the healing time from minor injuries can be shortened, which improves performance. Both high-impact and low-impact athletes can benefit from routine spinal adjustments.

For high-impact athletes, it increases performance and flexibility and lowers the risk for injury for low-impact athletes i.e. tennis players, bowlers, and golfers. Chiropractic is a natural way to treat and prevent different injuries and conditions that impact athletes. According to Dr. Jimenez, excessive training or improper gear, among other factors, are common causes of injury. Dr. Jimenez summarizes the various causes and effects of sports injuries on the athlete as well as explaining the types of treatments and rehabilitation methods that can help improve an athlete’s condition. For more information, please feel free to contact us at (915) 850-0900 or text to call Dr. Jimenez personally at (915) 540-8444.


What is Osgood-Schlatter Disease?

What is Osgood-Schlatter Disease?

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common cause of knee pain in growing adolescents. It is characterized by the inflammation of the site below the knee where the tendon from the kneecap, or the patellar tendon, attaches to the shinbone, or tibia. Osgood-Schlatter disease occurs during growth spurts when muscles, bones, tendons, and other tissues shift�rapidly.

Physical activities can place additional stress on the bones, muscles, tendons and other complex structures of young athletes. Children and adolescents who participate in running and jumping sports have a higher chance of developing this condition. However, less active children and adolescents may also experience this well-known health issue.

In the majority of instances, Osgood-Schlatter disease will resolve on its own and the pain can be managed with over-the-counter drugs and/or medications. Stretches and exercises can also help improve strength, flexibility and mobility. Alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can also help relieve pain and restore the patient’s�well-being.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Explained

The bones of children and adolescents have a special area where the bone grows, known as the growth plate. Growth plates are made up of cartilage, which harden into solid bone, when a child or adolescent is fully grown.

Some growth plates function as attachment sites for tendons, the strong soft tissues which connect muscles to bones. A bump, known as the tubercle, covers the growth plate at the end of the tibia. The set of muscles in the front of the thigh, or the quadriceps, then attaches to the tibial tubercle.

When a child or adolescent participates in physical activities, the quadriceps muscles pull the patellar tendon which then pulls the tibial tubercle. In some children and adolescents, this traction on the tubercle can cause pain and inflammation in the growth plate. The prominence, or bulge, of the tubercle may become pronounced as a result of this problem.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Symptoms

Painful symptoms associated with Osgood-Schlatter disease are often brought on by running, jumping, and other sports-related pursuits. In some cases, both the knees have symptoms, although one knee might be worse. Common symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter disease also include:

  • Knee pain and tenderness in the tibial tubercle
  • Swelling in the tibial tubercle
  • Tight muscles at the front or back of the thigh

 

Dr Jimenez White Coat

Osgood-Schlatter disease is the inflammation of the bone, cartilage and/or tendon at the top of the shinbone, or tibia, where the tendon attaches to the kneecap, or patella. Osgood-Schlatter disease is considered to be an overuse injury rather than a disorder or condition. Osgood-Schlatter disease is one of the most common causes of knee pain in children and adolescents. Although it can be very painful, the health issue generally goes away on its own within 12 to 24 months.

Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Diagnosis

Throughout the consultation, the healthcare professional will discuss the children or adolescent’s symptoms regarding their overall health and wellness. They will then conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the knee. This will consist of applying pressure to the tibial tubercle, which should be painful for a patient with Osgood-Schlatter disease. Additionally, the doctor may also ask the child or adolescent to walk, run, jump, or kneel to see whether symptoms are brought on by the movements. Furthermore, the healthcare professional may also order an x-ray of the patienet’s knee to help support their diagnosis or to rule out any other health issues.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Treatment

Treatment for Osgood-Schlatter disease focuses on reducing pain and inflammation. This generally requires limiting physical activities until symptoms improve. Sometimes, rest may be necessary for many months, followed by treatment and rehabilitation program. However, participation may be safe to continue if the patient experiences no painful symptoms. The doctor may recommend additional treatment, including:

  • Stretchex�and exercises. Stretches and exercises for the front and back of the thigh, or the quadriceps and the hamstring muscles, can help alleviate pain and prevent the disease from returning.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Medications like ibuprofen and naproxen can also help reduce pain and inflammation.

Most symptoms will completely vanish when a child completes the adolescent growth spurt, around age 14 for girls and age 16 for boys. Because of this, surgery is often not recommended, although the prominence of the�tubercle will remain.�The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic and spinal health issues. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at�915-850-0900�.

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Additional Topic Discussion: Relieving Knee Pain without Surgery

Knee pain is a well-known symptom which can occur due to a variety of knee injuries and/or conditions, including sports injuries. The knee is one of the most complex joints in the human body as it is made-up of the intersection of four bones, four ligaments, various tendons, two menisci, and cartilage. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the most common causes of knee pain include patellar subluxation, patellar tendinitis or jumper’s knee, and Osgood-Schlatter disease. Although knee pain is most likely to occur in people over 60 years old, knee pain can also occur in children and adolescents. Knee pain can be treated at home following the RICE methods, however, severe knee injuries may require immediate medical attention, including chiropractic care.

 

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What Is Sinding-Larsen-Johansson Syndrome?

What Is Sinding-Larsen-Johansson Syndrome?

Sinding-Larsen-Johansson, or SLJ, syndrome is a debilitating knee condition that most commonly affects teens during periods of rapid growth. The kneecap, or patella, is attached to the shinbone, or tibia, from the patellar tendon. The tendon connects to an expansion plate at the bottom of the kneecap throughout growth.

Repetitive stress on the patellar tendon can make the growth plate within the knee become inflamed and irritated. SLJ mainly develops in children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 15 because that is when most people experience growth spurts. SLJ is most common in young athletes due to excess or repetitive strain in the knee.

Causes of SLJ Syndrome

The large muscle group at the front of the upper leg is known as the quadriceps. When straightening the leg, the quadriceps pull to deliver the leg forward. This puts pressure on the growth plate at the bottom of the kneecap. During rapid growth, the bones and muscles don’t always grow at precisely the same rate.

Since the bones grow, tendons and muscles can get tight and stretched. This increases the strain around the patellar tendon and also on the growth plate it’s attached to. Repetitive or extra stress and pressure in this area can cause the growth plate to become irritated and painful. Matters that can contribute to growing SLJ syndrome are comprised of:

  • Sports that involve a lot of running and jumping, such as field and track or other sports such as football, gymnastics, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey, can place stress on the knees.
  • Increased or incorrect physical activity can add strain on the knees. Improper form while training, shoes that don’t support the toes or an unusual way of jogging can increase chances of SLJ syndrome.
  • Tight or stiff quadriceps muscles can also lead to SLJ syndrome. Muscles that are more powerful and more elastic will work better, reducing the strain on the patellar and kneecap tendon.
  • Activities that place more pressure on the knees or demanding tasks for the knees, such as lifting heavy items, walking up and down stairs, and squatting can cause SLJ syndrome. If there’s already pain on the knee, then these movements may make it worse.

Symptoms of SLJ Syndrome

Symptoms demonstrating the presence of�Sinding-Larsen-Johansson, or SLJ, syndrome include: pain at the front of the knee or near the bottom of the kneecap, as this is the main symptom of SLJ; swelling and tenderness around the kneecap; pain that increases with physical activities like jogging, climbing stairs, or leaping; pain that becomes more acute when kneeling or squatting; and a swollen or bony bump at the bottom of the kneecap.

Dr Jimenez White Coat

Sinding-Larsen-Johansson, or SLJ, syndrome is medically referred to as a juvenile osteochondrosis which affects the patella tendon in the kneecap which attaches to the inferior pole of the patella in the shinbone. Commonly characterized by knee pain and inflammation, SLJ is considered an overuse knee injury rather than a traumatic injury. Sinding-Larsen-Johansson syndrome is similar to Osgood-Schlatter syndrome.

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Diagnosis of SLJ

Should you see a healthcare professional for knee problems, they will generally ask questions about how much pain the patient is experiencing and if they do any sports or other physical activities and exercises. Whether or not the patient has also had a recent growth spurt, the doctor will examine the patient’s knee for swelling and tenderness.

In very rare instances, the healthcare professional may also ask patients to acquire an X-ray or other imaging diagnostics, such as magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, to rule out other health issues like fracture or disease.

Prevention of SLJ

The most significant way that patients can prevent getting SLJ is to stop doing physical activities which cause pain in the knee. The patient should limit themselves before the pain goes off.

It is crucial to warm up well and stretch before exercising, playing sports or engaging in any other physical activities. A jog around the track for a couple of minutes and some dynamic stretching is enough to warm up the body.

If the quadriceps muscles are tight, then you might want to do some specialized exercise and physical activity routines. Talk to your healthcare professional, such as a chiropractor or physical therapist, to discuss what’s best for you. Doing a few stretches and warm up exercises after sports or physical activities can help prevent SLJ syndrome from developing.

Treatment of SLJ

The first and most important way to treat SLJ is to stop any action that causes irritation in the knee. It’s essential for a patient to not resume any physical activities without first being cleared by a healthcare professional.

SLJ can be challenging to treat since it may not completely resolve before the bones have completely matured and the growth plates are completely shut. During physical activities, knee pain may come and go in the meantime. Other treatments to help ease SLJ syndrome include:

  • Use the RICE formula.
  1. Rest. Limit physical activities as much as possible and keep weight off the knee. Walking must be kept to a minimum.
  2. Ice. Apply ice or a cold compress to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes every few hours. Repeat this for 2 to 3 days or until the painful symptoms have decreased.
  3. Compress. Give the knee additional support with a strap, a band, or a ribbon. This will also�help manage symptoms.
  4. Elevate. Keep the knee higher than the heart to reduce swelling.
  • Take anti-inflammatory or painkilling drugs. Painkillers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help relieve pain and decrease swelling.
  • Begin a stretching and strengthening program. After the pain and tenderness on your knee have been gone, speak with your physician or sports injury professional about a physical rehabilitation program to strengthen the muscles of your leg and increase their flexibility and range of movement.

It’s easy to become impatient when sidelined by an injury, but the proper treatment can help build the strength needed for future physical activities.�The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at�915-850-0900�.

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Additional Topic Discussion: Relieving Knee Pain without Surgery

Knee pain is a well-known symptom which can occur due to a variety of knee injuries and/or conditions, including sports injuries. The knee is one of the most complex joints in the human body as it is made-up of the intersection of four bones, four ligaments, various tendons, two menisci, and cartilage. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the most common causes of knee pain include patellar subluxation, patellar tendinitis or jumper’s knee, and Osgood-Schlatter disease. Although knee pain is most likely to occur in people over 60 years old, knee pain can also occur in children and adolescents. Knee pain can be treated at home following the RICE methods, however, severe knee injuries may require immediate medical attention, including chiropractic care.

 

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What is Patellar Tendinitis?

What is Patellar Tendinitis?

Patellar tendinitis is a common health issue characterized by the inflammation of the tendon which joins the kneecap, or patella, to the shinbone, or tibia. The knee pain associated with this problem may range from mild to severe depending on the circumstances of the knee injury.

Patellar tendinitis, or jumper’s knee, is a well-known sports injury among athletes who play in basketball and volleyball. Among recreational volleyball players, an estimated 14.4 percent of them have jumper’s knee, where the incidence is even higher for professional athletes. An estimated 40 to 50 percent of elite volleyball players have patellar tendinitis.

Causes of Patellar Tendinitis

Patellar tendinitis is caused by repetitive strain on the knee, most often from overuse in physical activities. Stress can create tears along the tendons which can cause inflammation in the complex structures of the knee.

Other contributing factors of patellar tendinitis include:

  • Tight or stiff leg muscles
  • Uneven leg muscle strength
  • Misaligned toes, ankles, and legs
  • Obesity
  • Sneakers without enough padding
  • Tough playing surfaces
  • Chronic health issues that weaken the tendon

Athletes have a higher chance of developing patellar tendinitis because running, jumping, and squatting put more force over the tendon. Running can place a force of as many as five times the body weight on the knees.

Intense physical activity for an extended amount of time has been previously associated with jumper’s knee. A 2014 research study noted that jump frequency was also a significant risk factor for amateur players.

Symptoms of Patellar Tendinitis

The initial symptoms of patellar tendinitis include pain,�discomfort, and tenderness at the base of the kneecap or patella. Other symptoms of patellar tendinitis may include a burning sensation. For many patients, getting up from a squat or kneeling down can also be particularly debilitating.

The pain associated with patellar tendinitis may be irregular at first, manifesting immediately after participating in physical activities. Damage or injury to the tendon can also make the pain worse. Jumper’s knee can affect regular daily activities, such as climbing stairs or sitting in a vehicle.

Dr Jimenez White Coat

Patellar tendinitis, also known as “jumper’s knee”, is a particularly common cause of pain and discomfort in the patellar region of many athletes. While it frequently occurs as a result of repetitive or continuous jumping, research studies have demonstrated that patellar tendinitis may be associated with stiff ankle movements and ankle sprains, among other sports injuries.

Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

Patellar Tendinitis Diagnosis

At the start of a�consultation, the healthcare professional will first ask the patient about their specific health issue. The doctor will then physically evaluate the patient’s knee, probe for where they are feeling pain, and test the assortment of knee motion by bending and extending the patient’s leg.

Furthermore, the healthcare professional may additionally order imaging diagnostics to find out if there’s any damage or injury to the tendon or even the bone. These tests can help rule out a broken bone, or fracture. The doctor may use an X-ray to look for a displaced or fractured kneecap, and an MRI or an ultrasound to reveal any harm to the soft tissue.

 

 

Patellar Tendinitis Treatment

Treatment for patellar tendinitis depends on the damage or injury to the knee. Conservative steps to reduce pain, such as rest or exercises are generally the first line of treatment. The healthcare professional will usually recommend a span of controlled rest, where they will prevent the patient from engaging in physical activities that put�pressure on the knee.

Drugs and/or Medications

The healthcare professional may prescribe over-the-counter drugs and/or medications for short-term pain relief and inflammation reduction.

These can consist of:

  • Ibuprofen (Advil)
  • Naproxen sodium (Aleve)
  • cetaminophen (Tylenol)

If the patient’s symptoms are severe, the healthcare professional may recommend the use of corticosteroid injection in the area around the patellar tendon. This treatment is effective in reducing acute pain.

Another method of utilizing corticosteroid for patellar tendinitis is by spreading the medication over the affected knee and use a low electrical charge to push it through the skin, in a process known as iontophoresis.

Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy

The goal of chiropractic care and physical therapy for patellar tendinitis is to reduce pain and inflammation, among other symptoms, as well as to strengthen the leg and thigh muscles with stretches and exercises.

If the patient’s symptoms are severe, even while resting, the doctor may recommend that you wear a brace and then use crutches to avoid additional damage or injury to the tendon. If the patient has no painful symptoms, then they can start participating in a physical therapy activities.

A rehabilitation program generally consists of:

  • A warm-up interval
  • Massage, heat or ice to the�knee
  • Stretching exercises
  • Strengthening exercises

A doctor of chiropractic, or chiropractor, may use ultrasound and electrical stimulation to relieve the patient’s knee pain. A�knee brace or taping of the knee might also help reduce pain by supporting the kneecap when engaging in physical activities. The healthcare professional may develop a workout program that may include a series of stretches and exercises.

Surgery

When other treatments are not effective in relieving painful symptoms associated with patellar tendinitis, the doctor may advise surgery to repair the patellar tendon. Traditional surgery involves opening the knee to scrape on the kneecap and tendon. More recently,�arthroscopic surgery is used for this particular process. This surgical intervention involves making four small incisions in the knee and it has a shorter recovery time.

The recovery period for surgery varies per procedure. Some surgical intervention advise for immobilization with a cast. Others suggest�an immediate rehabilitation program. Regardless of the level of damage and/or injury, it’s essential for patients to seek medical attention for their patellar tendinitis. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at�915-850-0900�.

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Additional Topic Discussion: Relieving Knee Pain without Surgery

Knee pain is a well-known symptom which can occur due to a variety of knee injuries and/or conditions, including sports injuries. The knee is one of the most complex joints in the human body as it is made-up of the intersection of four bones, four ligaments, various tendons, two menisci, and cartilage. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the most common causes of knee pain include patellar subluxation, patellar tendinitis or jumper’s knee, and Osgood-Schlatter disease. Although knee pain is most likely to occur in people over 60 years old, knee pain can also occur in children and adolescents. Knee pain can be treated at home following the RICE methods, however, severe knee injuries may require immediate medical attention, including chiropractic care.

 

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Osteitis Pubis Treatment

Osteitis Pubis Treatment

Pain along the pelvis and groin region is known as osteitis pubis. Osteitis pubis develops through the inflammation of the pubic symphysis, or the joints of the major pelvic bones found at the front of the pelvis.

The pubic symphysis is a thin joint which generally provides very minimal motion. The joint retains the two sides of the pelvis together in the front, where they connect�at the sacrum in the rear side of the pelvis.

Osteitis Pubis Symptoms

Osteitis pubis is commonly characterized by pain in the front of the pelvis. Other causes of pelvic pain, such as a strain or a sprain, are frequently confused and diagnosed as osteitis pubis. While many patients report painful symptoms on one side, the�pain�typically occurs in the middle of the pelvis. Other symptoms of osteitis pubis include limping and weakness.

Osteitis Pubis Causes

For some patients, the pubic symphysis itself can become irritated and inflamed, causing the well-known symptoms of osteitis pubis. Other common causes of osteitis pubis comprise of: sports injuries, particularly from football, hockey, and soccer; pregnancy; gynecologic or abdominal surgical interventions; and trauma or injury from accidents.

Dr Jimenez White Coat

Osteitis pubis is known as the inflammation of the pubis symphysis which causes various degrees of lower abdominal, pelvic, and groin pain. Symptoms of osteitis pubis include pain and discomfort in the region of the pelvis when engaging in physical activities, and loss of flexibility. A variety of causes, including sports injuries, can cause osteitis pubis. Fortunately, rest alone can help treat this painful health issue.

Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T.

Osteitis Pubis Diagnosis

Diagnosis of osteitis pubis generally involves x-rays which demonstrate an irregular pubic symphysis with sclerotic, or thick, bone borders as a result of chronic inflammation. An MRI test is generally not required, however, it will help demonstrate the inflammation of the bone and the joint.

Additional tests may be performed to ensure there’s no infection in the bone which could also be causing symptoms similar to osteitis pubis. This complication is more of a concern for those patients who have had recent surgery or for those who are more prone to suffer from infections.

 

 

Osteitis Pubis Management

The most recommended treatment for osteitis pubis is rest. Since inflammation is the problem, the human body often only requires the joint to rest in order to heal correctly. Other treatment, however, consists of:

Rest

An essential treatment for osteitis pubis is rest as this will permit the intense inflammation in the pelvis and groin to subside. For many patients, rest alone is the only treatment necessary for their�osteitis pubis. If the pain is severe, crutches or a cane may provide additional assistance.

Ice and Heat

Ice packs and heating pads are among the most commonly used remedies for inflammation. Make sure to follow the instructions of your healthcare professional before utilizing ice and heat for your osteitis pubis symptoms.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a well-known, alternative treatment option for osteitis pubis. A doctor of chiropractic, or chiropractor, will utilize a variety of treatment methods and techniques, to help restore strength, mobility, and flexibility while rest is needed to subside the painful symptoms. Chiropractic care can also help correct any spinal misalignments which may be causing additional pain and discomfort for the patient.

Drugs and/or Medications

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and/or medications, commonly referred to as NSAIDs, are frequent prescriptions provided for patients with hip pain brought on by problems like arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis.

Treatment of osteitis pubis may take some time to completely relieve the painful symptoms. The use of drugs and/or medications is demonstrated to be better than the other treatment options listed above, although attempts to heal osteitis pubis with cortisone injections have been tested.

Surgical interventions are generally not necessary for patients with osteitis pubis.�The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at�915-850-0900�.

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Additional Topics: Acute Back Pain

Back pain�is the most prevalent cause of disability worldwide and the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. The spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Because of this, injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as�herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

 

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Piriformis Syndrome Management

Piriformis Syndrome Management

Sciatica is a collection of symptoms in the low back, which radiate down one or both legs. Sciatica is generally caused by the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the human body. One of the most common health issues that cause sciatic nerve pain is called piriformis syndrome. The piriformis muscle stretches from the front of the sacrum, the triangle-shaped bone between the hipbones on the pelvis.

The piriformis muscle extends to the top of the femur around the sciatic nerve. The femur, as previously mentioned, is the large bone in the upper leg. The piriformis muscle functions by helping the thigh move from side to side. A piriformis muscle spasm, or any other type of injury and/or condition along the piriformis muscle, can place pressure on the sciatic nerve and cause pain and discomfort. The result is piriformis�syndrome.

Piriformis Syndrome Causes and Symptoms

Sciatic nerve pain,�or sciatica, is one of the most prevalent�symptoms of piriformis syndrome. The pain and discomfort, however, may be felt in another part of the body. This is known as referred pain. Other common symptoms of piriformis syndrome include tingling sensations and numbness; tenderness;�difficulty sitting along with�pain while sitting and pain in the buttocks and thighs with physical activities.

The piriformis muscle can easily become damaged or injured from periods of inactivity or an excessive amount of exercise. Some common causes of piriformis syndrome include overuse; repetitive movements involving the legs; sitting for lengthy periods of time; lifting heavy objects; and extensive stair climbing. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries can also harm the piriformis muscle and cause it to compress the sciatic nerve.�

 

Piriformis Syndrome Diagnosis

A doctor appointment for diagnosis of piriformis syndrome may include a review of the patient’s health history, their symptoms, and other probable causes of their pain and discomfort. If you recall straining a muscle during physical activity, be sure to share that information with your doctor. The�doctor may also perform a physical exam. The patient will participate in a series of range of movements to determine the cause of symptoms.

Some imaging tests may also be essential to help rule out other causes of piriformis syndrome. A CT scan or an MRI scan may help the healthcare professional determine whether even a herniated disc or arthritis is causing the patient’s pain and discomfort. An ultrasound of the piriformis muscle may also be helpful in diagnosing the problem if it seems that piriformis syndrome is causing the patient’s overall symptoms.

 

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Piriformis syndrome is a health issue associated with the compression or impingement of the sciatic nerve around the piriformis muscle. Symptoms may include pain and discomfort, tingling sensations and numbness along the low back, or sciatica. Chiropractic care is a well-known alternative treatment option which can help reduce the compression of the sciatic nerve and improve piriformis syndrome.

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Piriformis Syndrome Treatment

Piriformis syndrome may often not need any treatment to�relieve its symptoms. Just avoiding the physical activities which caused the pain and discomfort to manifest and rest can help improve the health issue. If symptoms do persist, however, alternating between ice and heat can help decrease pain. Apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes then use a heating pad on the affected area. Try that every couple of hours to help relieve symptoms.

Over-the-counter painkillers�may also help decrease pain and discomfort. The symptoms associated with piriformis syndrome can go away with no additional treatment, however, if it doesn’t, the patient might benefit from alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care or physical therapy. Chiropractic care is a treatment approach which utilizes spinal adjustments and manual manipulations to treat a variety of injuries and/or conditions.

A chiropractor,�or doctor of chiropractic, may also provide piriformis syndrome relief through the use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator, or TENS, treatment. A TENS device is a handheld unit which sends electrical charges directly to the affected region of the piriformis muscle. The nerves are then stimulated by the electric energy, which interferes with pain signals being transmitted to the brain.

The chiropractor or physical therapist may also recommend a series of lifestyle modifications, including physical activity guidance and nutritional advice. Various stretches and exercises can help improve the strength, flexibility, and mobility of the�piriformis muscle. In severe cases of piriformis syndrome, corticosteroid injections or even surgical interventions may be required to help alleviate the symptoms.�The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at�915-850-0900�.

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Additional Topics: Chiropractic for Athletes with Back Pain

Back pain�is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain is the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. The spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Because of this, injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as�herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

 

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Athletic Pubalgia Mechanism of Injury

Athletic Pubalgia Mechanism of Injury

Athletic pubalgia is a debilitating health issue which affects the groin. The injury commonly happens through sports that use sudden changes of direction or intense twisting motions. Also referred to as a sports hernia, athletic pubalgia is characterized as a tear or strain in any soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament) of the abdominal or lower abdomen region.

Physiology of Athletic Pubalgia

The soft tissues most often affected by athletic pubalgia are the oblique muscles found in the lower abdomen, especially in the tendons that attach the oblique muscles to the pubic bone. In many instances, the joints that connect the thigh muscles to the pubic bone,�known as the adductor muscles, are also stretched or torn as a result of athletic pubalgia.

Physical activities which involve planting the feet and twisting with maximum exertion can cause athletic pubalgia. A sports hernia is most prevalent in vigorous sports, such as hockey, soccer, wrestling, and football. Athletic pubalgia�causes pain and discomfort in the groin region which typically gets better with rest but comes back with physical activity.

A sports�hernia does not result in a visible bulge in the groin, such as the well-known inguinal hernia does. As time passes, athletic pubalgia can lead to an inguinal hernia, and abdominal organs can push against the diminished cells to form a visible bulge. Without treatment, this sports injury could lead to chronic, disabling pain and other symptoms.

Healthcare Professional Diagnosis

During the first consultation, a doctor will discuss the individual’s symptoms and how the injury happened. To�diagnose athletic pubalgia, the healthcare professional will look for tenderness in the groin or above the pubis. Although a sports hernia may be related to an inguinal hernia, the doctor may not find any hernias during a physical examination.

Furthermore, to help determine the presence of athletic pubalgia, the healthcare professional will probably ask the patient to perform a sit-up or to�bend the trunk against resistance. If you have a sports hernia, these tests will be painful. The doctor may also require�x-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to help determine whether you have athletic pubalgia.�The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at�915-850-0900�.

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Additional Topics: Acute Back Pain

Back pain�is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. The spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Because of this, injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as�herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

 

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Athletic Pubalgia and Adductor Strain

Athletic Pubalgia and Adductor Strain

Athletic pubalgia, also known as a hockey hernia,�hockey groin, Gilmore’s Groin,�sports hernia, or groin disruption, is a health issue of the pubic joint. It is a condition characterized by chronic groin pain in athletes and identified by a dilated ring of the inguinal canal. Soccer and ice hockey players are the athletes most commonly affected by athletic pubalgia, and both recreational and professional athletes can be impacted.

Athletic Pubalgia Symptoms

Symptoms of athletic pubalgia�generally manifest as pain following physical activity, most frequently through hip extension, and twisting and turning movements. The painful symptoms usually radiate into the adductor muscle region and the testicles, although it is often difficult for the individual to pinpoint the exact location of the�symptoms. Athletes with athletic pubalgia�experience soreness and stiffness after physical activity.

Any exertion which increases intra-abdominal pressure, such as sneezing or�coughing, as well as physical activity, can lead to pain. While pain in the stomach and pelvis can occur due to a variety of health issues, including injuries to the low back, or lumbar spine, the hip joint, the sacroiliac joint, and the abdomen, along with the genito-urinary system, diagnosis of athletic pubalgia demands skillful differentiation and evaluation.

 

Clinical Presentation of Athletic Pubalgia

The diagnosis of athletic pubalgia is based on the patient’s history, where healthcare professionals may also depend on the use�of magnetic resonance imaging,�or MRI. Symptoms can frequently be reproduced by certain movements, such as performing crunches or sit-ups. Pain associated with athletic pubalgia may also be elicited with the patient in a “frog posture,” in which the individual is supine with knees bent and heels together.

Many athletes experience concomitant fatigue or tearing of the�adductor muscles or labral tears of the hip. If there is stiffness in the adductor muscles post-injury, painful symptoms can manifest. Alternative treatment options should be to restore normal movement after the adductor has begun to heal, normally 6 to 8 weeks post-injury. Moreover, sleeping in a prone position with the hip on the affected side flexed and externally rotated can offer relief to some athletes with athletic pubalgia.

The precise prevalence of this health issue is unknown. Conservative therapies,�such as gentle stretching, may temporarily alleviate painful symptoms, however, definitive treatment options should be considered for long-term relief.�The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at�915-850-0900�.

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Back pain�is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. The spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Because of this, injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as�herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

 

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Rectus Femoris Strain Management

Rectus Femoris Strain Management

The rectus femoris muscle attaches to the pelvis and just below the knee as it is one of four muscles found at the front part of the thigh. It functions by extending the knee and flexing the hip. The rectus femoris muscle is made up of�fibers which adapt to quick action. Rectus femoris muscle strain is caused by forceful movements, such as kicking a ball or when beginning to sprint, and it is particularly vulnerable to stress and pressure.

Painful symptoms generally manifest at the top of the thigh after the rectus femoris muscle suffers a strain or tear. In severe cases, the health issue may even become noticeable if the tissue is completely ruptured. Fortunately, complete tears are rare. Healthcare professionals will commonly use an MRI scan to diagnose the extent of the sports injury. Proper diagnosis and treatment�are�essential. A rectus femoris muscle strain should not be rushed, as individuals who return-to-sport too soon may suffer re-injury.

Treatment for Rectus Femoris Strain

According to many healthcare professionals, when it comes to sports injuries to the rectus femoris muscle, it’s crucial to immediately apply the RICE principle (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) to the affected thigh. This treatment aims to decrease bleeding and inflammation to the muscle. Also, it will help reduce painful symptoms after the injury. Based on how much pain has been experienced, simple painkillers might be utilized, although it’s best to attempt to prevent the use of these.

Once movement is restored enough to allow the individual to walk using their regular range of motion, and once the swelling has gone down, then you will have recovered from the acute phase of the injury. It would then be an excellent time to engage in physical activity, without inflicting damage or stress to the quadriceps muscles. This can be performed on an exercise bicycle or through swimming, where the weight is kept�off the limb. Stretches and gentle resistance exercises are crucial, as this will help to align the scar tissue that has formed during the healing process.

Recovery must be monitored so that improvements can be noted and the treatment shifted to help the rehabilitation process. It is hard to measure the length of time to complete recovery. It can take from six to eight weeks or even longer, although some people will commonly recover within one to four weeks.�The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at�915-850-0900�.

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Back pain�is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. The spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Because of this, injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as�herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

 

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El Paso, TX. Sports Injury Treatment

El Paso, TX. Sports Injury Treatment

El Paso, TX. Massage therapist, Sandra Rubio has worked with Dr. Alex Jimenez for about six years. Sandra discovered how useful and essential chiropractic care can be by caring for individuals on a routine basis. Sandra explains how Dr. Alex Jimenez provides patients with having a better means of healing themselves, without the use of drugs and medications or even through an operation. The trust between Dr. Jimenez and the patient establishes a favorable treatment outcome for many athletes with sports injuries as well as patients with other types of injuries or conditions via chiropractic care. Sandra Rubio recommends Dr. Alex Jimenez as the non-surgical selection for sports accidents.

 

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Sprains and strains are some of the most common kind of non-surgical injuries frequently reported by an athlete. Sprains are injuries which affect demanding bands that connect the joints and bones, the ligaments. They can be deformed or tear by the stretching of these outside their range. Strains are injuries that affect the muscle fibers or tendons, which operate by anchoring bones. Seeking prompt medical attention can help these cure faster to allow the athlete to be able to heal more quickly. Although sports injuries are mild or moderate, some treatment options can help treat sports injuries.

 

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Understanding Foot and Ankle Pain

Understanding Foot and Ankle Pain

Of course, I’m prone to injuries and Dr. Alex Jimenez has been helping me. I’ve known him for about six years and every time something comes up, either it’s a small injury or a major one, he’s always been there and he’s always helped me get back to my feet to start playing sports again really fast.

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Ankle pain refers to any type of pain or discomfort in the ankle. This pain could generally be due to an injury, such as a sprain, or due to another health issue. As stated by the National University of Health Sciences, or NUHS, an ankle sprain is one of the most frequent causes of foot pain, making up 85 percent of all ankle injuries. A sprain occurs when the ligaments tear or are overstretched.

Most ankle sprains are lateral sprains, which occur when the foot rolls, causing the ankle to twist toward the ground. This action rips or stretches the ligaments, which connect two bones or cartilages and holds a joint together. A sprained ankle often swells and lumps for a temporary amount of time. However, it might take a couple of weeks to get a severe injury like this to�heal completely.

Once healed, the sprained ankle is occasionally permanently weaker and less stable compared to the other ankle. According to a paper released by the American Academy of Family Physicians, or AAFP, the highest risk for ankle sprains includes a previous ankle sprain. Although, ankle sprains are not the only cause of foot pain. Below, we will discuss several common causes of foot and ankle pain as well as their treatment.

Causes of Ankle and Foot Pain

The ankle is a hinge joint formed by the assembly of three bones: the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The bony knobs on both sides are called the malleoli. Overall, the ankle is an intricate structure. These constructions provide support for walking and standing. Also, stability is provided by the ligaments on the surface of the ankle. Additionally, some tendons also attach to the muscles of the ankle.

Ankle pain may be brought on by various ailments, such as sprain, strain, arthritis, gout, and tendinitis, among others. These kinds of injuries can occur on both sides of the joint. There can be pain and discomfort as well as swelling. A sprain is considered to be the most frequent cause of foot pain. As�mentioned above, a sprain is generally caused when the ankle rolls or twists so the ankle moves toward the ground, tearing or overstretching the ligaments of the ankle that hold the bones together.

An x-ray is typically done to rule out a fracture. The remedy for an ankle strain or sprain generally includes restricting the total amount of weight-bearing on the ankle, getting rest and applying ice. Drugs and/or medications can reduce symptoms. Chiropractic care can also help diagnose and treat ankle sprains and strains. Ankle and foot pain may also be due to:

  • Arthritis, specifically osteoarthritis,
  • Gout
  • Tendinitis
  • Nerve injury or disease, such as sciatica
  • Blocked blood vessels
  • Infection from the joint

While ankle strains and sprains are the most common form of foot pain, arthritis can also frequently lead to ankle pain. Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints, although multiple kinds of arthritis may lead to pain in the joints. Foot pain can be caused by three common forms of arthritis: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition where the cartilage slowly begins to wear away. Osteoarthritis�causes the natural wear and tear of the joints associated with age. Older adults are more inclined to develop osteoarthritis. In most cases, an individual’s pain and discomfort, including swelling and�stiffness, among other symptoms may worsen over time.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease. This health issue may severely impact the foot and ankle joints. With rheumatoid arthritis, the human body’s immune cells attack the synovium covering the foot joints. Joint deformity is common with rheumatoid arthritis. A fungal or bacterial infection causes septic arthritis. If the septic arthritis is among the ankle regions, this may result in foot pain.

Following an injury, post-traumatic arthritis can develop from trauma or damage to the ankle or foot. Previous fractures and dislocations are the most common ailments that may lead to post-traumatic arthritis. Like gout, which we will discuss further below, the joints begin to wear away, although it may take several years for this to happen after the injury.

Gout occurs when uric acid accumulates in the human body. This higher than average concentration of uric acid, which is generally a by-product of the human body’s normal breakdown of older cells, can deposit crystals in the joints, causing sharp pain. Pseudogout is a similar illness where calcium deposits build up in the joints. Indicators of gout and pseudogout include soreness, swelling, and redness.

Tendinitis is a swelling of the tendon. In the ankle, it may frequently involve the anterior tibial tendon or the Achilles tendon. Tendinitis can result from an overuse injury or disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. All types of tendinitis trigger pain, inflammation, and tenderness. Drugs and/or medications, applying ice and immobilizing the region are often the first line of treatment for tendinitis. Chiropractic care can also be helpful in the treatment of tendinitis. Casting may be required if the patient’s tendinitis is severe or advanced.

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Foot pain can commonly occur due to ankle injuries. In the United States alone, approximately 2 million acute ankle sprains occur every year, one of the most prevalent causes of ankle pain. Chiropractic care is a popular alternative treatment option which can help treat a variety of health issues, including foot and ankle pain.

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Chiropractic Care for Foot and Ankle Pain

Chiropractors utilize a mixture of treatment techniques and methods to ease ankle and foot pain. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective, alternative treatment option which focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of a variety of injuries and conditions associated with the musculoskeletal and nervous system, including foot and ankle pain.

Soft tissue and joint mobilizations are done to restore proper mechanics and muscle activation. Manual therapy may be used to improve the mobility of the ankle and foot along with reducing pain. Furthermore, a chiropractor may recommend a series of lifestyle modifications to help promote a faster recovery process. Exercises are targeted to the areas that were affected. Balance training might also be implemented.

Some treatment modalities that chiropractors utilize to treat injuries to the foot and ankle include ultrasound, electrical stimulation, heat and ice treatment, and massage. These treatment methods increase circulation to enhance recovery, decrease inflammation, reduce pain and improve mobility. When you visit a healthcare professional, a full evaluation is done, goals are discussed along with an individualized treatment program which is intended to target your specific treatment requirements.

Home Treatment for Ankle and Foot Pain

For immediate at-home treatment of foot and ankle pain, the RICE system is generally recommended. The RICE treatment includes:

  • Rest: Avoid putting weight on the ankle. Try to move as little as possible for the first couple of days. If you have to walk or run, consider using a cane or crutches.
  • Ice: Begin by putting a bag of ice in your ankle for a minimum of 20 minutes at a time. Repeat this three to five times every day for three days. This�treatment helps decrease pain. Give yourself about 90 minutes between sessions.
  • Compression: Wrap your injured foot with an elastic bandage, such as an ACE bandage. Don’t wrap it too tightly to where your feet turn blue or your ankle becomes numb.
  • Elevation: Whenever possible, keep your ankle raised over heart level on a pile of pillows or another type of support arrangement to promote healing.

It’s possible to take over-the-counter drugs and/or medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to relieve swelling and pain, however, these are often only offer temporary relief from the symptoms. Make sure to talk to a certified and qualified healthcare professional regarding any home treatment options to prevent further injury and symptoms.

If�you are suffering from foot pain or ankle pain, do not delay anymore. Chiropractors can help patients who suffer from foot, and ankle pain and they can help you, too. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at�915-850-0900�.

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Back pain�is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain is attributed�to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. The spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Because of this, injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as�herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

 

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Common Sports Injuries

Common Sports Injuries

It’s been great, my turf toe has been getting a lot better. Actually, I didn’t see a doctor for about 4 months and it just kept getting worse. But when I started seeing Dr. Jimenez, it just, little by little it’s been starting to get better. It feels a lot better when I practice and stuff like that. So, it’s getting better. – Vincent Garcia

 

There’s always a particular risk for athletes when it comes to sports-related injuries, or sports injuries, particularly when participating in physical activities. Moreover, contact sports, such as soccer, baseball, football and basketball, tend to have higher injury rates than any other sport.

 

Twice as many men suffer sports-related injuries in contrast with females as a consequence of the types of sports that they most commonly engage in. Whether you’re a seasoned and experienced athlete or you simply play as a weekend warrior, there’s always a chance of experiencing a sports injury. Below, we will discuss several of the most common types of sports injuries, or sports-related injuries.

 

Common Sports Injuries

 

Sprains and strains are the most common sports injuries. Sprains are medically defined as injuries to the ligaments, or the strong bands which connect bones to the joints. Overly stretching these ligaments beyond their natural range can ultimately damage or even tear them.

 

Strains are medically referred to as injuries to the muscle fibers or tendons, which connect muscles to bones. Strains are known as “pulled muscles” for a reason, overly stretching or overuse of a muscle can cause tears in the muscle fibers or tendons.

 

�Think of ligaments and muscle-tendon units like springs,� explained Dr. William Roberts, MD, sports medicine physician at the University of Minnesota and spokesman for the American College of Sports Medicine. �The tissue lengthens with stress and returns to its normal length, unless it is pulled too far out of its normal range.� Additionally, sports injuries can result in a variety of other health issues.

 

Patellofemoral Syndrome

 

Accidents in sports which can harm an athlete generally are inclined to be knee injuries. Patellofemoral syndrome could be caused by a slide or fall onto the knees. This type of sports injury involves swelling, inflammation and an imbalance of the knee at its groove. Strengthening exercises and stretching can help provide flexibility and mobility to the muscles. Apart from strengthening exercises and stretches, a doctor of chiropractic, or chiropractor, may utilize therapeutic techniques for this specific injury.

 

Concussion

 

A blow to the head could lead to a concussion. Concussions are a serious type of sports injury and these should never be disregarded. Symptoms indicating a possible head injury may include nausea, vomiting, confusion, headache, and slurred speech. Any athlete who incurs a concussion must seek immediate medical attention. Chiropractic care can help with several of the symptoms, such as headaches, related to a concussion.

 

ACL Tear

 

The anterior cruciate ligament, or the ACL, is a fundamental ligament found in the knee. An ACL tear can be caused due to a sudden change in directions or coming to a sudden stop when playing sports or during exercise and physical activities. There’s typically swelling, inflammation and uncertainty in movement working with an ACL tear. Chiropractic care can assist with the recovery process of an ACL tear, particularly through physical therapeutics and rehabilitation programs.

 

Hip Flexor Strain

 

The hip flexor muscles are all located in the upper front area of the thigh. Sprinting, running slopes and sudden movements could lead to a hip flexor strain. There can be pain and discomfort together with swelling and inflammation in the region surrounding the thigh. Stretching and range of motion exercises employing a doctor of chiropractic, or chiropractor, can help aid with recovery. A chiropractor will work closely with a patient to determine the best treatment approach for their sports injuries.

 

Shin Splints

 

With shin splints, there’s usually pain and other painful symptoms in the lower leg, particularly along the tibia. Shin splints are the most common type of sports injuries among runners or running athletes. Ice and cold therapy can help reduce swelling and inflammation on the site. Moreover, runners or running athletes can prevent suffering shin splints by purchasing a good pair of shoes with proper arch support. The right equipment can always promote a safe participation in sports and physical activities.

 

Sciatica

 

Sciatica is back pain which radiates down the back of the leg and into the foot. This collection of symptoms is often seen in cyclists and athletes who perform a lot of backwards turning and swinging sports like tennis and golf. Sciatica, or sciatic nerve pain, may be caused by a pinched or compressed nerve, frequently due to a bulging or herniated disc. Chiropractic care is a well-known, alternative treatment option which can help alleviate sciatica, or sciatic nerve pain, symptoms.

 

Shoulder Injury

 

Shoulder injuries in sports commonly range from dislocations and misalignments to strains and sprains of the shoulder tendons and ligaments. Because the shoulder is frequently referred to as a weak joint, it is often vulnerable to suffering harm from sports injuries during exercise and physical activities, aside from the athlete’s specific sport. Ice and cold therapy as well as chiropractic care and rehabilitation can help ease the symptoms associated with shoulder injuries.

 

Tennis or Golf Elbow

 

This issue is known as an overuse sports injury. Repetitive actions inflame the forearm and wrist. Ice and cold therapy as well as rest normally helps with the symptoms, but stretching and strengthening exercises recommended by a chiropractor can also help.

 

Groin Pull

 

Additionally known as a groin strain, the groin muscles can get strained with quick side-to-side movements when engaging in exercises and physical activities. Stretching and strengthening exercises can help with the recovery process in this case as well.

 

Hamstring Strain

 

The hamstring muscles can be found in the back of the thigh. When athletes fail to stretch or exercise accordingly before engaging in their specific sports, it can cause this muscle to be pulled. If the symptoms of this condition continue over a couple of weeks, a chiropractor, or doctor of chiropractic, can help provide the necessary treatment through the use of other treatment approaches, such as ultrasound, among others, to help encourage the natural healing of the muscle and improve symptoms.

 

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Dr. Alex Jimenez’s Insight

Although many common sports injuries are often beyond our control, athletes can engage in stretches and exercises before participating in their specific physical activities to help prevent a sports injury. Every workout should start with a gentle warm-up to prevent most of these sports injuries. It’s important for athletes to be mindful of the amount of pressure they exert on their bodies in order for them to avoid suffering sports injuries.

 

If you’ve suffered a sports injury, make sure to seek immediate medical attention from a qualified and experienced healthcare professional. Many skilled sports medicine doctors are dedicated to sports medicine and also focus on providing rehabilitation determined by the performance requirements of athletes. Healthcare professionals will design a treatment plan targeted to your sports injuries.

 

Get back in the game with the guidance of qualified and experienced healthcare professionals in sports injuries. Contact us and make sure to schedule a consultation.�The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at�915-850-0900�.

 

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Additional Topics: Acute Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most prevalent causes for disability and missed days at work worldwide. As a matter of fact, back pain has been attributed as the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience some type of back pain at least once throughout their life. The spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles, among other soft tissues. Because of this, injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

 

 

 

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Running Shoes | How To Choose The Right Type

Running Shoes | How To Choose The Right Type

Running Shoes: Feet are important. By the time the typical American reaches the age of 50, they will have walked 75,000 miles.

Runners put even more miles on their feet, and stress. Your feet are your foundation. A problem with your feet can throw your entire body out of balance. That is why when it comes to running shoes, it is important to find the right type. This guide will help you find the running shoes that are right for you.

Running Shoes

Before You Shop

Know the type of runner you are.

Different types of running require different features in shoes.

Some questions to consider:

  • Do you run or jog?
  • What surface do you run on � asphalt, treadmill, or trails?
  • How far do you run each week?
  • Are you training for a marathon?
  • Are you a competitive sprinter?

Know your body type.

A larger person will not move and run the same way a thin, wiry person does. An overweight person will put more stress on their feet � and shoes.

Know your running style.

The way you run, the motion of your stride and how your foot strikes the ground has great bearing on the type of running shoe you need. When your foot comes in contact with the ground, what hits first? Does the inside of your forefoot hit first? The center of your heel? The outside of your heel? Where your foot first hits is where you really want the cushion.

Know what injuries you may have sustained from running.

Plantar fasciitis, shin splints, tendonitis, and blisters are a few common injuries can be reversed or improved when you wear running shoes that fit properly.

Know the type of arch you have.

Whether you supinate (foot rolls to the outside) or pronate (foot rolls to the inside) is determined, at least in part, by the shape of your arch. While supinators are rare, quite a few people over pronate. This can be the source of injuries due to overuse.

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When You Shop

Give it the 360-degree test.

When people try on shoes they typically check for fit in the toe box, but look no further than that. When you try on running shoes, you do need to make sure you have adequate space in the toe box, but you also need to check that your entire foot fits on the shoe�s platform.

Give your foot enough space.

The upper should have enough room but should not be loose. It shouldn�t squeeze your foot either though. It should fit well with no pinching or binding.

Shop later in the day.

Throughout the day your feet swell. When you run they also swell so when you shop for shoes, going when your feet are the largest will help ensure that you get the most accurate and more comfortable fit possible.

Bring your old running shoes along when you shop.

Having your old shoes with you when you shop will help the sales person determine what kind of running shoe you need. They can look at the wear on the shoe to see your running patterns and help you find a shoe that works best for you.

Get your foot measured.

As you age your feet actually change; they can expand or flatten. Don�t every assume your shoe size, get your foot measured every time. A comfortable fit is dependent upon wearing the right size shoe. You also need to keep in mind that shoe sizes may differ from brand to brand.

Dress for the run.

When you are shopping for a new pair of running shoes, dress as you would when you run. Don�t show up wearing flip flops or when you are dressed for the office. Definitely don�t show up without socks.

Forget the latest trend or what�s fashionable; think functionality.

There are plenty of sharp looking shoes, but that doesn�t mean they are the right running shoe for you. Go for fit and functionality first and fashion second.

Take them for a test drive.

Once you have settled on a pair or two, try them both on and try them out. Many stores that specialize in running shoes have a treadmill or area where runners can try their shoes. That is the only way you can tell for shoe if the shoe is right for you.

Injury Medical Clinic: Sport Injury Treatments

IT or Iliotibial�Band Syndrome Sufferers! Chiropractic Helps! | El Paso, TX.

IT or Iliotibial�Band Syndrome Sufferers! Chiropractic Helps! | El Paso, TX.

IT Iliotibial band syndrome is a very common injury among runners. If it is diagnosed early and treatment commences immediately the chances of it becoming a chronic condition are reduced. It responds very well to chiropractic since it involves the pelvis and related muscles. When pelvic mechanics are not functioning properly the muscle don�t work efficiently which hinders flexibility and mobility. This can lead to tight muscles which may inhibit motion and cause pain. Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to help with the condition.

What Is The Iliotibial Band?

The Iliotibial Band, or fasciae latae, is the outer casing of muscle that extends along the outer thigh, from the top of the hip to the outside of the knee. IT Iliotibial band syndrome occurs when that casing becomes thickened. It is flexed or tight when you stand; it is what keeps your let straight, allowing the larger thigh muscle to rest.

There are two primary muscles that are involved in iliotibial band syndrome, the buttock muscle, or gluteus maximus, and the tensor fasciae latae muscles. Sometimes Iliotibial Band Syndrome is referred to Tensor Fasciae Latae Syndrome and the two terms can be used interchangeably.

IT Iliotibial Band Syndrome Defined

As the iliotibial band thickens it pulls in the area where it connects to the knee. This results in knee pain due to the application of too much pressure on the bursa. The bursa then becomes swollen, inflamed, and painful. During activity, such as running on an incline, the glutes are heavily involved.

The other end of the iliotibial band is inserted at the glutes so as the band tightens from this activity, it can trigger iliotibial band syndrome pain. Repeated activity further aggravates it, as does running on tight indoor tracks or uneven roads as well as having collapsed arches or running it inferior or worn out running shoes.

IT Iliotibial band syndrome el paso tx.Symptoms Of Iliotibial Band Syndrome

There are several symptoms that can be used to diagnose iliotibial band syndrome. Lateral knee pain (pain on the outside of the knee) is a primary symptom and often used as a key diagnostic tool. Few conditions involve lateral knee pain. Other symptoms include:

  • Pain that worsens after running, particularly after running on an incline, climbing stairs, or climbing hills
  • There may not be any pain until you do something that aggravates it like climbing a hill.
  • The pain may not begin until you are mid-way through a run.
  • The pain can be intense and debilitating.
  • It can accompany a snapping hip, which occurs when the muscles that cross the outer hip may click or snap while running or walking.
  • The pain may be present along the lateral thigh without incorporating the knee, but it is only in very rare instances that it is concentrated on the gluteal or hip muscles.

Iliotibial band syndrome is often attributed to over training. This can mean suddenly increasing hill repeats or doubling your mileage.

Treatments For IT Iliotibial Band Syndrome

If your iliotibial band syndrome is caused by a problem with pelvic function, relieving the pain from the condition can be difficult. Stretching is not likely to bring relief � and if it does it won�t last long. If the pain from iliotibial band syndrome lasts for more than two weeks even if you are only stretching, your regular exercise routine, and ice and you don�t see much improvement, a chiropractor can help.

Even if the pain is located in the knee, the problem could originate in the pelvis. A chiropractor can assess your condition, check to see that your pelvis is functioning properly. If it isn�t, spinal adjustments and other chiropractic treatments can bring the body back into alignment and make the pelvis more functional.

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Feeling back pain, being unable to perform daily tasks, workout and play sports can be frustrating for anyone. The debilitating symptoms can drive individuals to seek fast relief. But, while a person�s only concern maybe only to fix the day�s pain, fixing the root/cause of the problem is far better in the long run and�can be easily achieved from chiropractic treatment. After receiving a single adjustment, many people especially athletes can expect an increase in their range of motion and less pain. Regardless of the reasons for seeking chiropractic treatment, one question always crosses people�s minds, how often should one see a chiropractor?

The answer to that question depends on the individual�s goals. Generally, spinal complications are not the result of a single day�s activities but tend to occur gradually over a period of time. Many spine conditions and injuries result in symptoms that may intermittently increase and decrease over several years, causing constant, nagging pain or sharp, extreme pain due to wear and tear type of injuries that the body is no longer able to heal on its own.

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Healing requires time and patience, a person also needs to be aware of what caused the complications in the first place. Suddenly stopping strict exercise routines or gaining weight in a certain amount of time can create an accelerated aging process on the joints.

If an individual�s goals are solely focused on alleviating the pain resulting from one time, then it won�t take much time to heal. Generally, receiving adjustments 2-3 times per week for several weeks can ease pain and decrease other symptoms. But, if a person is seeking to relieve the symptoms associated with an underlying condition or injury, or if a person is seeking to correct an improper posture or a mechanical dysfunction, the process could be much longer. This healing process often may require about 2-3 months of regular adjustments.

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Despite completing treatment and successfully alleviating any symptoms, it is recommended to continue chiropractic adjustments on a regular basis. What is considered a regular basis for adjustments? Getting adjusted at least once a week by a chiropractor can help maintain a person�s overall health and can prevent small problems from becoming greater issues. For a greater majority of individuals, especially those who sit most of the day, it�s recommended to maintain an adjustment schedule every week or two. A chiropractor will explain what is the right schedule.

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Sprains and strains are some of the most common type of sports injuries frequently reported by the average athlete. Sprains are injuries that affect the ligaments, tough bands which connect bones to the joints. Abrupt stretching of the ligaments beyond their natural range can deform or tear them. Strains are injuries that affect the muscle fibers or tendons, which function by anchoring muscles to bones. While most sports injuries are mild or moderate in nature, seeking immediate medical attention can help these heal faster in order for the athlete to be able to return-to-play quicker. A variety of treatment options, including chiropractic care can help treat sports injuries.

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