Sports Injuries

Any injury that occurs as a result of participation in athletic activities can be classified as a sports injury. In almost all instances, sports injuries are either due to overuse or acute trauma of a body part while playing a particular sport. For example, tennis elbow is an example of overuse wherein repetitive stress on the elbow leads to injury. Similarly, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and runner’s knee are types of overuse injury. Alternatively, a pulled muscle is an example of acute trauma that occurs during participating in an activity. Broken bones, torn ligaments or tendons, and sprains are also examples of acute trauma. College and professional athletes are all too familiar with the effects of sports injuries.

Overuse vs. Acute Trauma Injuries

As mentioned, most sports injuries fall into one of these two categories. Literature on sports injuries shows that traumatic injuries are the most common in contact sports such as football, rugby, and ice hockey because of the likelihood of collision in these sports. Bruises, muscle strains, fractures and broken bones are cause for concern, but concussions are receiving a lot of attention in sports medicine today. While overuse injuries caused by repetitive strain on a particular part of the body can be disconcerting for the athlete, acute trauma injuries receive much more attention from the sports medicine community.

Common sport injuries include: Epicondylitis, frozen shoulder, plantar fascitis, acute olecranon bursitis, acromioclavicular joint separation, rotator cuff tendonitis, osteoarthritis of all joints, meniscal tears, bicepital tenosynovitis, lumbar disc herniations, anterior & posterior cruciate ligament tears, patellofemoral syndrome, Osgood Schlatters syndrome, and more.  The following common conditions are chronic or acute sport injuries: Tennis elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, golfer’s elbow, low back strain, trick knee, ankle sprain, tendonitis, trigger finger and more.

How do acupuncture and Chinese herbs help treatment for sport injuries?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are a very successful treatment to sports injuries. Many professional sports teams have acupuncturists to treat Athlete with sport injures. Many researches indicate acupuncture is an effective treatment for Sports Injuries because it decreases inflammation, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles and relieves spasms, decreases bruising, lowers the body’s pain response, improves local blood circulation to increase delivery of nutrients and removal of noxious elements.