Acute injuries are injuries that are new and painful and may prevent a young athlete from participating in his or her sport. Acute injuries of the musculoskeletal system include sprained ankles, pulled muscles, tendonitis, bursitis, fasciitis, back pain, knee pain, and ligamentous sprains. They often occur after a major trauma, but they can also occur with the micro-traumas associated with repetitive motion activity.
For example, a quarterback may develop a bursitis or tendonitis in his throwing arm that prevents him from continuing to play. This is an acute injury. Many young athletes who come into our office for their first visit have acute injuries that must be dealt with on a localized basis prior to looking at the athlete’s entire structure. This leads to a Structural Fingerprint® Exam after the acute injury is healed.
In the case of a sprained knee, our office uses LLLT (see Figure 3) as a key treatment to get the knee to heal quicker. We then apply Kinesio-tape (see Figure 4) to support and promote healing after the athlete leaves the office. The combination of these two treatments provides the most advanced healing therapies available today in the sports medicine world.
We also scan the young athlete’s feet to determine if custom orthotics are needed immediately, as imbalances in the feet are often the biggest underlying contributor to injuries. If ignored, they will continue promoting the imbalances that caused the injury in the first place.