Osteopaths and Physiotherapists see many patients who injure themselves during exercise. They seek out treatment to help with muscular pain, inflammation, joint problems, back pain, or a combination of these problems.
As we talk to patients, we ask them to explain the mechanism of injury. This helps us understand the type of injury they have suffered and the treatment will be most effective.
Common Exercise Injuries
Lower back pain
Back pain is one the most common ailments we treat at our clinic. There are several causes of exercise-related lower back pain, including muscle strains, bulging discs, and herniated discs. Spondylolysis and acute compression fractures of vertebrae may be seen among people lifting heavy weights.
To avoid back pain, warm up correctly, use good form when lifting weights, and only lift weights you can safely handle. It’s also important to understand how strong your back is and if there are pre-existing conditions or weakness in your back.
The shoulder is one of the most anatomically complex parts of the human body. It consists of several joints working in unison to facilitate a variety of movements.
Injuries involving the rotator cuff are quite common, along with pinched nerves and glenoid labrum tears. To avoid these injuries, work on strengthening the muscles that support the shoulder joint and avoid working out when your shoulder is inflamed or sore.
It’s better to give your shoulder time to heal if soreness is present, rather than attempting to push through the pain.
Knees take a lot of punishment during exercise, particularly if you are a runner, cyclist, or weightlifter. Sports involving physical contact or sudden changes in direction (like football, basketball, or rugby) can also be responsible for many knee injuries.
Common knee injuries we see include ligament strains or tears, inflammation, cartilage injuries, and sprains. Osteopathic manual therapy and exercises may help many knee problems.
We often see hip problems in older patients visiting our clinic. They are also common in individuals with sedentary lifestyles, as prolonged sitting can affect the hip flexors.
Some of the hip injuries we see include hip impingement, hip flexor strains, gluteal tendinopathy, and piriformis syndrome. These conditions can respond to a combination of lifestyle adjustments, manual therapy, soft tissue therapy, and range of motion exercises.
Proper stretching and developing a balanced exercise regime can also help.
Elbow injuries like lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and other repetitive strain injuries are often caused by overuse, poor form, and excessive weight.
The elbow can respond well to treatment. Mobility exercises, and soft tissue therapy may help a lot.
In many cases, simply avoiding the activity that caused the injury for a few weeks will give your body time to heal on its own. Avoid these injuries by improving your form and avoiding excessively heavy weights.
Often, we will treat several patients with strained muscles at our chiropractic clinic. In most cases, they have injured themselves by overdoing their workouts, failing to warm up correctly, or by performing a workout that targeted an underdeveloped muscle group.
You can avoid straining muscles by warming up for at least 5-10 minutes before a workout and by gradually increasing the intensity of your workouts instead of overdoing it. Soft tissue therapy can be an effective way of treating muscles strains.