When To Seek Help For Sports Injuries

The mere thought of an injury can make any athlete cringe. Aside from the physical pain associated with impairments, sports injuries threaten the active routine, progress, and shake the emotional stability of athletes.

Chronic and Acute Injuries

At Canada Chiropractic, we’ve seen our share of acute and chronic athletic injuries. These injuries are quite common among active individuals, despite the amount of time they’ve been practicing their sport or activity. Impairments occur for many reasons, ranging from over-stressing the muscles to incorrect landing from a jump.

Acute Injuries
Acute pain ranges in severity and occurs suddenly during active play. Some injuries include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Disjointed bones
  • Limping as a result of a swollen area
  • Inability to distribute body weight due to pain in specific joints or areas

Chronic Injuries

Chronic pain occurs after a tiresome amount of time engaging in a particular physical activity. Some injuries include:

ballerina in arabesque on pointe

Posterior Ankle Impingement Syndrome is a common, chronic injury among professional ballet dancers which occurs from repeated floor work.

  • Pain after play
  • Pain during physical activity
  • Swelling

Professional athletes face dangerous injury risks due to their rigorous, year-round training. Many seasoned ballet dancers, like the one pictured to the left, face the possibility of developing posterior ankle impingement syndrome, a pinching sensation felt during continuous floor or barre work, as the heel bone makes contact with the talus bone and ankle tissues compress.

Seeking Medical Assistance

Some minor injuries can be treated at home and simply require a small break from physical activity. When this pain worsens, it’s recommended to contact a physician immediately. You should seek medical assistance when:

  • An old injury begins to swell and ache
  • Any weight or pressure on the affected area is extremely painful
  • You experience severe pain, numbness, or swelling
  • The affected joint feels unstable

If professional treatment is necessary, be sure to contact a professional sports therapist. This is a serious matter where anyone less than experienced or board certified will not suffice and may hinder progress.

Do not prolong an injury that can be properly tended to by medical professionals. Use precaution when performing demanding physical activities and if you feel a nudge of pain, take a break.