Joint Issues

Joint Issues, Costa Mesa, California

Tennis/golfers elbow, pitcher’s/swimmers’ shoulder, and jumper’s/runners’ knee are some of the common overuse injuries that often occur in specific sports and activities. These injuries are avoidable when certain preventative precautions are incorporated into an athletes or individual’s daily routine. Choice Care works to improve and rebuild your health after a sports injury, but we also believe that prevention is the most effective approach. There is no guarantee to assure that a sports injury will not happen, especially pesky minor ones that can turn into bigger issues like rheumatoid arthritis or tendonitis for example, and that is why preventative care can be so crucial. 

Where do joint injuries occur?

These injuries can happen after repeated strain or use of certain soft tissues that can include:

  • Tendons
  • Bursae sacs
  • Ligaments
  • Cartilage
  • Growth plates in adolescents
  • Muscles
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Causes of common joint problems

Joint pain can be caused from weakened tissues that have have been damaged due to small tears that progress in the soft tissues within you muscles , from excessive stretching, or inflammation surrounding the tissues. In some cases joint damage can evolve gradually, and then can become progressively worse, which makes early preventative treatment options very beneficial.

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    How to prevent joint injury

    The first action for avoiding joint injuries, types of arthritis, and other joint related issues is to prevent certain connective tissues from carrying all of the weight. An effective way to this and deter chronic pain and injuries in specific tissue is to make sure that all of your muscles in the strained part of the body have a full range of motion, is strong, so that the force is evenly dispersed throughout the joints. 

    For example, if you play golf regularly, going to the gym to strengthen your shoulder can increase the flexibility in your rotator cuffs and elbows. The same idea applies to people who regularly run, if you want to prevent knew joint injuries like runner’s knee, it would be in your best interest to do everything in your power to make sure that your quads, hamstrings, and calf muscles are equally sharing of the weight and pressure. Next, before and after anytime you do a sport of physical activity, take the time to stretch, warm up and have a cool down with gentle stretching exercises.

      Alleviate joint discomfort and get back to 100%

      Another effective method to avoid joint stiffness which can lead to chronic painful joints, is to have a personalized treatment plan with a routine and guidelines to follow to avoid injury or a joint disorder. It is possible that a minor adjustment in your stance, change in athletic gear, or shift in grip can make a huge difference in helping to avoid overstraining your soft tissues.

      Small changes can make big differences

      Lastly, and most importantly, listen to your body. If your shoulder feels tight or sore after golfing or your elbow is aching after a swim, or you experience swollen joints this is your body’s way of telling you that something is not right. At the first sensation of discomfort,  it is very important to just rest and hydrate. If you ignore your body’s signs, you take the risk of incurring far greater damage, which may require a longer hiatus and possibly even surgery.

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