What is a Sports Injury?


by David M. Coonrad, D.C. / May 2013

Flexibility could be considered one of the main indicators of our health. At birth and in our youth we are extremely flexible. As we age we tend to gradually lose flexibility. Any loss of motion is also a loss of function and therefore results in a loss of health. These restrictions may occur on a very small level at first for example as a result of a minor strain or catching an elbow or knee in the meaty part of a muscle. Typically this small injury continues to spread and intensify, gradually adding up to further restriction of the joint. Additional injury frequently occurs when we are pushing the newly restricted limit of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Suddenly we notice we can't do what we used to be able to do and we don't know how that happened.

These restrictions can be a result of repetitive motions done hundreds or even thousands of times a day like typing, kicking a ball, running or even walking —especially if we have fallen arches. The other most common method is traumatic injury like a deep muscle bruise or a strain of a joint. Typically a truly healthy joint does not have restrictions and as such can absorb some abnormal movement before becoming injured however most joint injuries occur to previously "tweaked" joints. A small, minor injury creates a minor malfunction and an environment that is susceptible to injury which in turn leads to a more vulnerable joint. In turn that joint becomes more lkely to a more significant strain/sprain type of injury.

By utilizing a combination of the following techniques Dr. Coonrad is able to aid your body in healing quickly —getting you back on the field as soon as possible.


Neuro-muscular re-education and Graston Technique are effective methods of releasing adhesions and scar tissue which develop as a result of strain/sprain injuries. Residual pain, swelling and loss of motion are signs that you are developing adhesions and scar tissue. These lesions must be reconditioned so that the joint will function as close to normal as possible.


When a joint is sprained/strained or injured the alignment of the joint can be altered. For normal joint function to be restored the bones of the joint must be aligned properly. This can be accomplished easily and painlessly by utilizing gentle and effective spinal and extremity adjusting techniques.


Once a joint is injured the muscles, ligaments and tendons that support the joint must be rehabilitated so that joint function is restored as fully as possible. Frequently, simple at home exercise programs will be effective at restoring the integrity of the joint.


We teach our patients special "blueprint" exercises designed just for them to help strengthen and correct their own unique problem. These exercises can be performed in the comfort of your own home and can improve the effectiveness of your spinal correction by as much as 30-40%.

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