Fatigue Fractures are Major Concerns for Athletes; Chiropractic May Help
Fatigue fractures, also called stress fractures, are common problems faced by athletes and anyone else who tends to spend a lot of time on their feet. They are one of the most common types of running injuries experienced and account for more than a whopping 10 percent of all sports medicine clinic visits.
Fatigue fractures occur after a particular area of the body has been stressed repeatedly. When the muscle can no longer take the repeated shock, it begins to transfer impact to the bone, resulting in tiny stress cracks. If left untreated, these stress cracks can become part of the bone structure, resulting in a weaker outer layer of bone that is more susceptible to being broken.
At Posture Works, we’re familiar with the signs of fatigue fractures in our Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA patients. We work hard to help athletes understand why these injuries are occurring, as well as what they can do to help prevent them.
Avoiding stress fractures
The best way to combat persistent fatigue fractures is to understand how they may be arising in your body. Take a look at some of the simplest ways to avoid putting undue stress on your muscles and bones:
- Train carefully: One of the most common causes of fatigue fractures is an overly aggressive training regimen. Be sure to ramp up your training slowly and under professional guidance. You won’t win any athletic competitions if you’re suffering from a stress injury!
- Take supplements: Many people don’t have enough vitamin D or calcium in their diets and lifestyles. If you don’t believe that you’re ingesting enough calcium or vitamin D, consult with your chiropractor or doctor about the possibility of taking supplements. They may help you keep your bones strong and healthy.
- Run on soft surfaces: Running or training on overly hard surfaces, like concrete, can cause extreme and unnecessary stress to your ankles, feet and other leg joints. When you are training, use asphalt or dirt pathways for running and absorbent surfaces, like rubber mats, for other exercises.
- Use the right gear: Wearing the right shoes can help you prevent a fatigue fracture. The type of shoes you should don depend largely on the shape and size of your feet, and the type of exercise you will be performing. It’s best to consult with a physical therapist or professional trainer prior to investing in a new set of exercise kicks.
Treating fatigue fractures through chiropractic
Chiropractic care offers a number of valuable stress fracture treatment methods that may help you both recover more quickly and avoid the possibility of suffering from another fatigue fracture in the future.
Often, direct manipulation of the fatigued bone and its surrounding joints is coupled with a robust physical therapy regimen. Chiropractic practitioners tend to avoid using oral anti-inflammatory pills, because most non-steroidal options can actually slow the healing process when a bone itself is directly injured. They may use a local analgesic or topically applied essential oil as part of a larger pain management strategy, which may also involve massage.
Physician-guided rehabilitation is also an important step of fatigue fracture recovery. Even after symptoms have subsided, the affected bone may not be entirely healed. It’s important to follow the recommendations of a professional throughout the entirety of your recovery process.
Operating in both Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA, Posture Works is intimately familiar with patients suffering from fatigue fractures and a wide range of other overstress concerns. Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), we aim to personalize a recovery and treatment plan that addresses each unique individual. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.