A rolling injury could also be referred to as a recurring injury – one that happens repeatedly and is liable to have long-term effects. Take the example of a football player who pushes himself to play with an ankle injury, then ruptures his Achilles tendon. That player could have returned to 100 percent with rest, but is now out the rest of the season. To compound things, he might also develop back problems in the near-term by having to adapt to life recovering on one leg.
Often, we convince ourselves that a “minor” injury isn’t so bad. We go about our lives as normal, waiting for the pain to go away. Not seeking treatment for these injuries and not allowing them to heal is a major mistake. Not only might they never heal properly, they open the gateway for rollover into peripheral injuries. Hence the term ‘rolling injuries.’
At Graybar Chiropractic, we’ve seen the effects unhealed injuries can have on Wilmington, NC patients. Worse, we’ve seen minor injuries rapidly roll into major spinal issues. We take it upon ourselves to help patients understand the catastrophic effect of rolling injuries and what they can do to protect themselves (and their spines) from them.
How to avoid complications from rolling injuries
One important thing to remember is to listen to your body. Take that football player from the beginning of the article. If he had paid attention to his pain and decided not to play, he wouldn’t have risked a much more serious injury. Allotting your injury time to heal is a critical decision.
Also crucial in avoiding rolling injuries is proper healing. Giving the initial injury the attention it needs to heal appropriately makes all the difference in avoiding future ones. Here, RICE is a great acronym to remember:
- Rest: Give the injury enough time to heal and don’t place unnecessary strain on it.
- Ice: Regular application of ice prevents swelling.
- Compression: Wrapping the injury in elastic limits movement.
- Elevation: Keeping the injured body part elevated to encourage healing blood flow.
Finally, make sure to recondition as part of your recovery. When you push things too far with an injury, you’re liable to compensate for the problem by putting additional stress on other muscle groups. This can cause subluxations (misalignments) in the spine. These subluxations aren’t a small problem, either. Disruptions in the spine can affect the entire central nervous system. When nerve signals aren’t properly relayed, major problems from sciatic pain to neuropathy become more likely.
Chiropractic protection against rolling injuries
Whether you’ve just suffered an injury or are well on your way to recovery, consulting with a chiropractor could be smart insurance against rolling injuries.
A chiropractor can help identify problems caused by the initial injury and create an individualized strengthening plan that’s right for your needs. By providing spinal manipulation in conjunction with supporting treatments like therapeutic massage and nutrition counseling, you it’s possible to give your body a leg-up against ongoing pain. By addressing that nagging injury, you’ll ensure it doesn’t become something worse.
Don’t risk a minor injury becoming something chronic and severe. Work with a chiropractor to restore and maintain your health. The professional team at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, NC provides invaluable support to patients looking to overcome their injuries.
Learn more about our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to personalized care and get a free consultation when you contact us today.
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.