For many CrossFit athletes, from Novice, Intermediate or CrossFit Games Legend Chris Spealler, aches, pains and injuries will occur as a part of their training.
In general, there seem to be five main areas that CrossFit athletes have a tendency to injure: lower back, knees, wrists, shoulders and elbows. Dr. Atousa Bahadori, Chiropractor in Richardson, TX (just north of Dallas) can treat CrossFit athletes suffering from various types of injuries.
- Shoulder Entrapment syndrome
- Disc Disorder (Neck and Back)
- Sprain Strain (Neck, Shoulder, Lower Back)
- Piriformis Syndrome
1) Lower Back
An injury to the lower back should come as no surprise to most CrossFit athletes. When you are lifting such heavy weights, all it takes is one lift with bad form and weak abdominal muscles to feel pain. Lower back pain should not be ignored.
The knee is one of the largest joints in our bodies. Because of this, we are highly dependent on its functionality. All it takes is a knee injury to reinforce this dependence! Our knees are made up of bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, muscles, joints, arteries, veins…the list goes on and on. It is able to support up to 8 times our body weight. Even if you are a small person that’s a lot of pressure on such a small part of your body!
Physiotherapy and Chiropractic treatment can resolve injuries and issues in the knee.
The wrist is an area of the body that is often overlooked by most athletes. In the age of technology, however, taking care of the wrist could not be more important.
The root causes of wrist injury are mobility and flexibility. CrossFit athletes push themselves hard, sometimes lifting too much too soon and can result in wrist injuries because the wrist is not flexible and strong enough to take the weight.
“Impingement syndrome is pain and often weakness when you raise your arm, caused by a muscle tendon ‘catching’ in your shoulder. It involves the rotator cuff tendon – a tough, rubbery cord that connects your shoulder blade to your arm bone.”
A regular reoccurring injury among CrossFit athletes are shoulder injuries.
It’s not uncommon to see athletes walking through the gym, rotating one shoulder and vigorously massaging the muscles with the other hand. It often starts as a weakness or a tweak that creeps up when doing overhead lifts or an extended amount of pull-ups that the weakness and fatigue will appear. Shoulder injuries are serious and require attention before they get require surgery!
Of all the most common CrossFit injuries, perhaps the one that might surprise someone is an elbow injury. For most CrossFit athletes, elbow pains appear when you are in the front rack position, preparing for a lift such as front squats, power cleans or full cleans. Most often, elbow damage can from improper positioning of the bar as well as over tension.
Resting is important, Proper technique is important. And treatment of injuries is important.
With all of this risk of injury, it might seem that CrossFit has a greater tendency for harm than other forms of exercise or sport. Athletes can suffer from tennis elbow, shin splints, and wrist injuries, should and neck pain, sprains and strains and even develop tendonitis.
While all of these injuries can be prevented, there is no 100% foolproof training plan that guarantees health and safety. All athletes must exercise caution.
The Chiropractors at Injury Clinic of Dallas can treat a variety of acute and chronic spine-related conditions that are common among CrossFitters and Athletes. We focus not only on pain relief, but address root causes to the underlying causes. If you are looking to recover from a specific sports injury, have been in a car accident or are just looking to achieve optimal health and performance, come in and see the Chiropractors at Injury Clinic of Dallas at 905 Custer Road, Richardson, TX 75080. Call to set up your appointment now. 972-644-5555