With over 300 joints in the human body, chiropractic has become a very common and useful resource among athletes- from professional, to amateur, to weekend warriors. Joint are frequently injured, especially when it comes to sports. We all know what happens with an injured joint swelling, pain, inflammation, and overall decreased athletic performance. The most commonly injured joints are the knees, shoulder, ankles, and spine. In fact, approximately 30 million doctor visits a year are due to knee and shoulder injuries alone.
The joints in our bodies are held together with muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The joints themselves should be aligned very specifically, which allows for maximum efficiency when it comes to anything we do that requires movement. There is fluid within the joints that is used for lubrication and prevents friction and rubbing. Any time a joint becomes misaligned or fixated, it no longer is efficient. Abnormal friction can occur which accelerates degenerative changes. Degenerative changes can’t be reversed, which is why it is so important to keep your joints “in check”.
Regarding athletics, it is obvious why chiropractic care is utilized. From high contact sports such as football to low contact sports such as tennis, joints are commonly injured. Chiropractic adjustments not only help speed up the healing process by realigning joints to their proper positions, but are also great at helping to prevent injuries altogether. A misaligned, less efficient knee is going to require less use or impact before any injury occurs.