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Sports Injuries Specialist

Mark Addona, DC

Chiropractor located in Westfield, NJ

Incurring a sports injury that puts you out of action can be frustrating as well as painful. If you're on the sidelines because of a sprain or strain, Mark Addona, DC, in Westfield, New Jersey, can help. Dr. Addona uses the most up-to-date chiropractic techniques to help your injured tissues heal and get you back out on the sports field. To benefit from Dr. Addona's expertise in treating sports injuries, call his office today or book an appointment online.

Sports Injuries Q&A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries involve damage to the musculoskeletal system, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and nerves that make up your physical frame.

Sports injuries can happen when you're playing sports, during training, or when you're engaged in other physical activities. They might affect active people at any age and aren't exclusive to professional athletes — anyone can experience a sports injury.

What types of sports injuries might I incur?

There are two broad categories of sports injuries:

Acute sports injuries

Acute sports injuries happen suddenly when part of your body is under so much stress it has to give. Ruptured ligaments and fractured bones are common examples of acute sports injuries.

Overuse sports injuries

Overuse sports injuries develop more slowly. You might have some mild discomfort to begin with that eventually worsens to the point it's interfering with physical activity. Overuse and repetitive strain sports injuries are usually due to making repeated movements over the years, such as pitching in baseball or swinging a tennis racket or golf club.

What types of sports injuries might I get?

Some sports injuries are more common, and many are likely to occur in people playing a particular sport. Some of the sports injuries Dr. Addona sees include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Tennis elbow 
  • Golfer's elbow 
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Meniscus tears in the knee
  • Labral tears in the shoulder or hip
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprains in the knee
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprains in the knee
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Hamstring strains

Receiving prompt treatment for your sports injuries from Dr. Addona gives you the best chance of making a full recovery. You're also more likely to return to an active lifestyle without experiencing a loss of performance.

How are sports injuries treated?

Before treating your sports injuries, Dr. Addona performs a thorough exam. He checks to see if there are any musculoskeletal misalignments resulting from your injury or if a pre-existing misalignment is the underlying cause of your condition.

He can then use the most effective chiropractic techniques to gently realign anything out of place. You might also benefit from myofascial release, which involves massaging painful, knotted muscles, the use of Biofreeze, which eases pain and inflammation when rubbed into injured muscles and joints, and EPAT® acoustic shockwave therapy.

Dr. Addona creates a therapeutic exercise program suited to your specific needs for you to practice at home. The exercises strengthen your body, stop soft tissue deterioration, and encourage damaged areas to heal by improving blood flow. Dr. Addona also offers advice on diet and nutritional supplements to optimize your overall health and wellness.

To find out more about effective, nonsurgical recovery from sports injuries, call Mark Addona, DC, to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.