Confessions of a Pensacola Chiropractor… I ran a 5K with a sprained ankle. Go ahead, tell me that was stupid. And I say, ” Maybe, but everybody else is doing it.”
When I was a runner (I got over it), I preferred to run on trails because the uneven terrain challenges your balance and core as you run. Great idea in concept, but it increases the likelihood of a sprained ankle. When I sprained mine at the very beginning of a run, I got mad and decided to “work it out.”
Go ahead, tell me again, that was stupid. Especially stupid for a chiropractor who has passed certification examination for sports injuries. I should know better.
But what if everybody else is doing it? – Many rational and reasonable people do it all the time with their back or neck pain. They decide to “stretch it out” or “work it out”. BIG mistake – injured tissues need to rest so they can heal.
A minor injury is a muscle strain. This means there are injured muscle spindles which, on a cellular level, are torn and bleeding. These heal very well if you don’t reinjure the muscle fibers.
The second level of injury involves tendons or ligaments. These have a lower blood supply than the muscle fibers, so it’s a longer-lasting injury and less likely to heal without treatment. This is especially true in your ligaments since they create the stability and resting alignment of almost every joint.
Have ever heard anyone say it’s better to break a bone than pulling/tearing a ligament? A broken bone will heal in six weeks, but sprained or torn ligaments may never heal in a lifetime. When you lose the stability of a joint, whether it is your knee or your neck, degenerative changes will happen unless you take action. This is rarely a surgical level problem.