Our team of Chiropractors sees it at our Chiropractic Office in College Park all the time.
One of our patients will be at the gym weight lifting, and suddenly, they twist their body in some unnatural position that causes lower and upper back pain to strike.
When it comes to maintaining proper form and positioning when lifting heavy weights, patients tend to lose focus on taking their time to try and increase the intensity of their workout.
Common Weightlifting Injuries
Most injuries that are a result of excessive weightlifting tend to affect your shoulders, back, or knees. The reason for this is because these particular areas of your body have the greatest range of motion during lifting, and serve as the primary sources of impact when transferring weight from one side of your body to another.
The most common types of injuries we see are:
Rotator Cuff Tears
This occurs when one or more of the tendons around your shoulders rips or tears, and is often connected to deadlifts, curls, and bench presses.
Herniated discs develop when the tissue that cushions your vertebrae tears or ruptures. This type of injury is often associated with patients who use the deadlift position at the gym.
This condition exists when the tendons around your knees become inflamed and are typically connected to lunges and squats.
Gym Safety Tips
- Make sure to warm up your muscles and to stretch before lifting.
- Do not lift any amount of weight from your back.
- Incorporate Chiropractic adjustments on a regular basis.
- If you begin to experience pain during your routine, remember to move on to other activities that work different areas of your body.
- Meet with a trainer who can evaluate and offer real-time advice for how to correct your form.
- Remain aware of your body and how you feel. Attempting to lift through pain can serve as a sure way to transition an irritation into a permanent injury.
How To Perform Dead Lifts and Squats Correctly
Most injuries that derive from the gym are caused my deadlifts and squatting exercises.
These particular positions require your body to use a combination of joints and muscles that are particularly sensitive, such as your knees, lower back area, shoulders, and neck.
Since they are also two of the more popular exercises, here are a few considerations to keep in mind to stay safe:
- The chances of injuring yourself during these particular activities increase as you add more weight to your reps. Pay attention to how your abs engage the rest of your upper core area, as well as your back and shoulders. You will want to keep your stomach tight while maintaining a controlled, upright posture at all times.
- Do not try and power through your set as you are more likely to lose focus on your form.
- Make sure you aren’t using excessive weights. If you find yourself losing your way in the last few reps, that is a sure sign you are taking on too much stress and possibly putting yourself in a position of harm.
Our Chiropractors Can Treat Your Pain and Injuries Right Away
Ignoring any symptoms can lead to other ailments developing over time or possibly long-term damage that limits your mobility.
For serious athletes and fitness enthusiasts, visiting a Chiropractor on a monthly basis is highly recommended by doctors to prevent injury from occurring, as well as for maintaining a healthy, balanced system.
You can call AICA College Park to schedule an appointment at (404) 592-0319 or visit our office located at:
1624 Virginia Avenue
College Park, GA 30337