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Take me out to (not out of) the Ballgame


Now that baseball season is officially underway, fans will spend the next 6-7 months cheering on their favorite teams to victory. Unfortunately, the nature of this long season and packed schedule can lead to injury. Luckily, chiropractic care can help to get our favorite players back in the game following a stint on the “DL.”

Lets look a a few common baseball-related injuries and how chiropractic care can help to resolve them.

1. Shoulder/Rotator Cuff /Elbow Tendonitis:  This is often seen in pitchers, who perform high reps of overhead movements at a time.  Repetitive motion will lead to soft tissue inflammation, which if left untreated, can lead to pain and dysfunction due to decreased joint space available for the tendon to pass through.

2. Rotator Cuff/Labrum Tear: This can be the result of tendonitis that is left untreated. Often times movement compensation patterns develop as the tendonitis progresses. This leads to altered biomechanics in the throwing motion. If the shoulder does not have sufficient motion or strength, there is a greater risk of tear due to greater demands being placed upon the shoulder joint.

3. Muscle strain/spasms: This can occur in any number of muscle groups, but is common in the hamstrings, quads, calves, and abdominal obliques.  The hamstrings and quads are used during the short, repetitive bursts of sprinting done throughout a game or practice. The calves are used during the push off phase to get a burst of speed, and the obliques are used during the powerful swings while players are up to bat. If a muscle is spasming, it may be pulling on an adjacent joint, which will ultimately begin to affect the muscles surrounding the injury.

 

All of these injuries can be treated through the use of chiropractic care. This is accomplished by creating joint space, improving range of motion, re-gaining strength, calming inflammation, re-aligning joints, and decreasing muscle spasms. Modalities such as  joint and soft tissue manipulation, adjustments for subluxations, various joint decompression techniques, electrical stimulation, and physical therapy stretches and strengthening exercises all play a role in a players recovery from these, and other, injuries.