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Summer is the perfect time to get outside and get some exercise. Adults and children across the country and around the world enjoy the experience of participating in organized sports. Whether flying solo or playing as part of a team, sports are an entertaining pastime and a great way to get your blood pumping. From soccer to baseball to frisbee golf, there’s no end to the potential activities.

Unfortunately, a higher level of activity translates to a greater risk of injury. There’s always a possibility that you could get hurt while running, jumping, throwing, or kicking. Let’s take a closer look at some of the areas most vulnerable to injury.

  • These joints bear the brunt of any physical activity you do. Many sports require quick movements. Your knees are capable of keeping you sharp and steady on your feet, but they may be the most vulnerable if you take a wrong turn.
  • Your spine, and the muscles surrounding your spine, are constantly in use. They keep you standing, walking, and running upright. Even so, sudden or awkward movements could cause an injury.
  • Rotator cuff injuries are relatively common in sports. Whether it’s stretched beyond its limits or it’s damaged due to overuse, your shoulder is particularly susceptible to the wear and tear of repetitive motion.
  • Wrists & Ankles. The wrists and ankles are among the most flexible joints in your body. Bent too far, however, and you could cause a sprain or broken bone.
  • Even in low-contact sports, there’s always the potential for traumatic head injury. Concussions are among the most common, caused when your brain is jostled inside your skull after a severe impact.

If you’ve suffered a recent sports injury, the good news is there are safe and effective treatment methods available. Chiropractic is a great place to start! You might assume that a chiropractor is only versed in treating spinal misalignment and subluxations. But there’s more to it than that.

  • Range of Motion. Increase your flexibility after an injury. Stretches and posture improvement will go a long way in restoring full range of motion.
  • Pain Relief. Forget the prescription painkillers. A spinal adjustment can trigger your body’s natural pain relief hormones.
  • Injuries often require plenty of time to heal. A chiropractor can iron out any wrinkles in the recovery process by preventing the development of stiffness and excess tension. This will help alleviate further painful symptoms and accelerate your body’s healing.

If you’re looking for a chiropractor to call home, we welcome you to join us here at Wirth Chiropractic. Stop by one of our two locations in Greenville, or contact our offices today to schedule your free consultation!