Swimming is a low-impact activity but that doesn’t mean you can’t injure yourself. Micro-trauma can happen when swimming, shoulders can be unstable, leading to shoulder pain and tendinitis. Swimming injuries depend on the stroke you’re using, and most injuries affect knees, hips, shoulder, or the back. Repetitive injuries include inner knee and hip problems and back injuries.
Some examples of swimming injuries are listed below:
Also known as swimmer’s shoulder. The shoulder is the joint that is most commonly affected by swimming injuries. Impingement syndrome is a condition that affects the shoulder joint, caused by the inflammation of the tendons surrounding the rotator cuff. When pressure on the rotator cuff from part of the shoulder blade is lifted, it can cause rotator cuff impingement. This causes painful inflammation of the bicep tendon. Shoulder instability, which is when the structures that surround the shoulder joint don’t work to maintain the ball within the socket, can result from fatigue and weakness of the rotator cuff and the muscles that surround the shoulder blade.
When performing the breaststroke frequently, knee injuries are common. This is due to the position of the knee during the ‘whip kick’ movement. The rotation of this kick affects the medial collateral ligament, which runs along the inner side of the knee. Knee injuries involve the tendons and ligaments. Breaststrokers can also experience pain in their hip from inflammation of the hip tendons.
Lower back disk problems or problems at the junction between the spine and pelvis, termed spondylolysis, can be increased by the ‘dolphin kick’ which is used often in competitive swimming.
Butterfly back Injury
Swimming is generally thought to be beneficial for a lot of cases of back pain. The butterfly stroke is best avoided by those suffering from back pain. Butterfly back is another name for lower back pain because it is prevalent among butterfly swimmers.
How Can You Help Swimming Injuries?
Chiropractic care is highly effective for treating neck and back pain, strengthening back muscles, improving posture, flexibility and mobility. Chiropractic care performed on swimmers can help reduce inflammation and discomfort. Also, chiropractic care can help speed up swimmer’s recovery time from injuries due to its nature of relieving tension and improving the body’s balance.
Chiropractic care can help treat neck and back pain. To learn more or schedule a consultation, give us a call at Cross Valley Chiropractic at 570-822-4848.