Sports Injuries

Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment

Treatment for sports injuries at SpineOne

Colorado has four of the 30 most active cities in the country. Our state offers world-class hiking, skiing, climbing, and golfing set against breathtaking backdrops. But with all of that activity comes the occasional ache and the occasional injury.

Sports injuries not only present a short-term risk to your favorite activity, but can also leave you open to long term, lingering effects. What happens when your outdoor pass-time gets sidelined due to an injury?

  • What are some of the common ways I can hurt myself during my favorite sport?
  • How long will I be in pain?
  • Are there stretches or exercises I can do to prepare?

We’ve gathered answers to these questions in the slideshow below.

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Slideshow: Popular Colorado sports injuries and how to prevent them

Ski/Snowboard Injuries

  • Falling can jar and twist your Spine
  • Moguls create pressure on your lumbar spine
  • Self-correcting during a fall causes torsion
Prevention:
  • Proper training and leg strength will help keep you on your feet.
  • Finish an easy warmup run before doing anything difficult.

Golf Injuries

  • A full golf swing rotates your spine, which can lead to injuries
  • Carrying the golf bag improperly can put stress on your back
Prevention:
  • Perfect your form using an instructor or guides
  • Stretch and warm-up for strength and flexibility

Running Injuries

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  • Impact from running compresses joints and discs
  • Poor form can cause imbalances that hurt the back
Prevention:
  • Wear shoes designed to correct your gait
  • Minimize “bouncing” during your run
  • Run on softer surfaces – trail, padded track, treadmill.

Cycling Injuries

  • Back posture while riding can cause spine strain.
  • Neck arching to look forward can cause neck pain.
  • Rough terrain can jar and compress the spine.
Prevention:
  • Make sure your bike is properly adjusted to your height and riding style
  • Warm up and stretch before long rides
  • Use shock-absorbing bike accessories

Hiking/Backpacking Injuries

  • Hiking pack weight can cause spine compression
  • Slips and falls can cause torsion injuries
  • Leaning forward puts stress on your back
Prevention:
  • Use hip strap to shift the weight of the pack to your hips
  • Use trekking poles for balance and stability
  • Lower the weight of your pack to take stress off your spine.

Rock Climbing Injuries

  • “Belayer’s Neck” is caused by extended periods of looking up at your climbing partner. Like texting, it can damage your cervical spine.
Prevention:
  • Stand further back to change the angle
  • Ask your climber for time to relax your neck.
  • Stretch as much as possible.

Managing Pain from Sports Injuries

Every sport and activity has trainers and experts who can help you develop correct forms and techniques, which can go a long way toward keeping your injuries to a minimum while enjoying Colorado’s outdoor activities.

Accidents happen though, even to the best prepared among us. If your pain is stopping you from enjoying your activities, or is even interfering with your life, our specialists can help you get back on your feet.

Neck Injuries

Risk to the cervical spine comes mostly with impact (such as football or soccer) but can also occur from repeated stress from posture or craning from cycling and rock climbing.

Upper Back Injuries

Your thoracic spine is less susceptible to injury. Common injuries are usually related to muscle strains involved in torso rotation, such as skiing, golf, tennis, and weight training.

Lower Back Injuries

Most sports put at least a little strain on your lower back, either through impact, torsion, or weight loading. Injuries related to these activities include sprains, disc herniation, sciatica, and piriformis syndrome.

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