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Crossfit Injury Treatment

HEal Injuries From Workouts

At Eastside Ideal Health, we commonly provide chiropractic care and physical therapy for injuries resulting from workouts like CrossFit and weight lifting. Common causes for these types of injuries often result from improper form, loss of core stability, progressing too fast, over training, inability to hip hinge, poor posture, or previous injuries.

Our pain management specialists create therapy strategies for your unique needs. When it comes to treatment for CrossFit or weight lifting injuries and strains, therapy may include chiropractic adjustments and treatments, rehab exercises, soft tissue work (Active Release Technique), foam rolling, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), Mckenzie protocol, McGill protocol, cupping and RockTape. Proper coaching is also a part of many injury rehabilitations, and we have a full gym for this right in our office.

If you’ve experienced an injury or are having pain during your workout, contact our team today to talk to a chiropractor or physical therapist. Our Redmond (near the Microsoft campus) and Issaquah locations are easily accessible from the Bellevue, Bel-Red and Sammamish areas.

Common Crossfit Injuries Treatment

Injuries can occur in any sport or exercise regimen, regardless of how careful a person is. Lifting too much weight, picking something up incorrectly, or simply pushing oneself too hard during a workout can result in mild to significant injury. 

Crossfit often gets an undeservedly bad reputation for having more injuries than other types of exercise, but there is little proof to back up those claims. Rather, studies have shown that Crossfit carries the same risk as powerlifting, weightlifting, and gymnastics and less risk than high-contact competitive sports such as rugby.

The key to training safely in Crossfit is to have a qualified, reputable, and experienced trainer to show you the proper foundations. Additionally, beginners that do not rush their progress are more likely to experience more consistent results and fewer injuries than their peers that attempt to do too much, too soon. 

That said, injuries are always a possibility – just like in any sport. That’s where we come in. At Eastside Ideal Health, our highly-trained pain management specialists will work with you to create a unique treatment plan that will provide you with the most relief and recovery possible. 

Reach out to our team today to learn about your treatment options – from chiropractic care to physical therapy and soft tissue work – to get you back in the gym and back to feeling your best!

What Is Crossfit?

Crossfit is a form of “high intensity interval training” (HIIT) that utilizes a mix of body weight, strength training, cardio, conditioning, and functional movements to help practitioners develop strength, speed, and stamina in a way that is applicable to their everyday lives. 

It differs from other types of workouts because it incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach to fitness rather than just focusing on a specific aspect such as weightlifting or cardio. 

Crossfit has become increasingly popular in the past few years, with nearly 13,000 gyms nationwide offering Crossfit classes and an estimated 5 million athletes. As a result, Crossfit has become one of the fastest growing sports in the world. 

One of the most interesting things about Crossfit is that no two classes are the same. With an emphasis on change and diversity, each Crossfit class is unique, fun, and engaging in a way that traditional exercise often isn’t. 

Who Should Do Crossfit?

Because Crossfit exercises are so varied and flexible, a Crossfit training program can be modified to fit anyone’s workout routine. Regardless of a person’s age, fitness level, or gender, most Crossfit gyms offer something for everyone. 

 The key is that a person must recognize their own limitations and be mindful of not progressing too quickly. It takes time for a person’s body to adapt to any type of exercise regimen, and it is never wise to work out to the point of pain or exhaustion. 

When performed under supervision safely, Crossfit can be an excellent way to:

  • Develop muscle mass
  • Increase physical strength
  • Increase stamina & agility
  • Increase balance & flexibility
  • Achieve weight loss
  • Increase cardiovascular health
  • Increase aerobic endurance

While Crossfit can offer many health benefits, it is also important for a person to always consult their doctor before beginning any new exercise routine to ensure that they are healthy enough for the activity. 

Heal From Injuries Related To Crossfit

It is important for Crossfit athletes to always go at their own pace and to only increase their weight lifting, resistance training, or activity level when they know they are ready to do so. 

Of course, it is impossible to completely dissuade everyone from pushing themselves too hard. Additionally, accidents happen, and unfortunately, injuries can occur in even the safest environments. That doesn’t mean that people have to live with the pain that results from their Crossfit injuries, however. 

Our licensed professionals are here to help you recover from your injuries with minimal downtime and maximum comfort. We’ll also help show you techniques that can help you prevent reinjury further down the road!

We offer several treatment options depending on our patient’s needs, injuries, and previous activity levels. 

Chiropractic Care

Seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis can be beneficial in helping prevent and reduce the chance of injury. This is because a chiropractor is able to help a person enhance their flexibility by helping them achieve an optimal alignment in their musculoskeletal system. 

It is never too late to start seeing a chiropractor, however, as they can help treat many sports-related injuries, including Crossfit injuries. Although many people believe that chiropractors only work on the neck and back, nothing could be further from the truth. 

Our chiropractors help patients with Crossfit injuries reduce inflammation to their joints and muscles, help improve blood flow through adjustments to help promote faster healing, and address and relieve injury in a person’s:

  • Rotator cuff
  • Hamstrings
  • Lower back
  • Neck
  • Pulled muscles
  • Joints
  • And so much more!

Chiropractic treatment is often the first line of treatment in any sports injuries and has been shown to relieve pain, reduce dependency on pain-relieving medications and prescription medications, and significantly improve range of motion and rate of recovery among athletes. 

Physical Therapy For Crossfit Injuries

Some injury cases may require working with our physical therapists. These professionals are experienced in helping people recover and rehabilitate from their injuries by following a treatment schedule that consists of treating the injury in a series of stages. 

First is the acute stage, during which the R.I.C.E (rest-ice-compression-elevation) process is followed to help mitigate inflammation and begins the healing process. 

Next is the subacute phase which consists of learning how to control function, regaining mobility and range of motion, and reducing pain levels to pre-injury status. 

Finally, during the chronic phase, we work with our patients to get them back to their pre-injury levels of function and exercise and we teach them how to continue exercising while preventing future re-injury. 

Soft Tissue Work

The soft tissue in your body is exactly what it sounds like and it consists of muscles, tendons, fascia, joint capsules, and ligaments. There are several techniques that our therapists use to release this tissue and help expedite the healing process including:

  • Active release technique (ART)
  • Foam rolling
  • Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)

While these techniques may sound intimidating, they are essentially all variations on massage therapy. These techniques help our patients to reduce pain after injury, increase mobility and flexibility, and empower our patients to take an active role in their healing process. 

Cupping and Rocktape

Our therapists may also use cupping, Rocktape, or a combination of the two modalities to help our patients recover as well. These techniques are non-invasive and are used to improve blood flow to the injured areas of the body to promote healing. 

Rocktape Therapy

Rocktape is a specific form of athletic tape that is strategically placed over the injured area to help lift the skin away from the muscle. This allows blood to flow more efficiently to the muscle and encourages lymphatic drainage which speeds up the healing process. 

The best part about this tape is that it moves and stretches with the patient’s body. This allows the patient to continue exercising while they are wearing it which provides additional stability and support to the area to help prevent further injury. 

Cupping Therapy

Cupping works in a similar fashion to Rocktape in that it helps to lift the skin from the targeted muscles which helps reduce adhesions that can be painful and limit mobility. Additionally, cupping helps to draw toxins out of the body while promoting lymphatic drainage. 

Cupping is frequently combined with massage therapy to achieve the maximum benefit from the treatment. 

How To Treat Crossfit Injuries

Just as each athlete is unique, no two Crossfit injuries will be exactly the same. An injury that is crippling for one person may only cause discomfort for another. 

Because of this, our therapists work with each patient to develop a tailored and targeted treatment plan that will address the underlying problems that led to the injury in addition to the injury itself. 

By using the above techniques, we work with our patients to get them back to their pre-injury level of activity and exercise as quickly and efficiently as possible. In addition, we show them injury prevention and recovery techniques that, when followed properly, will help them prevent reinjury in the future. 

Crossfit For People With Past Injuries

It is still possible for a person who has been injured to perform Crossfit exercises once they have recovered. The most important factor in returning to previous activity levels is that the person is completely recovered before they resume training. 

There is no sense in trying to exercise vigorously when a person is only at 50% capacity. By exercising when they are currently injured, they risk exacerbating the injury and may potentially cause it to become a chronic injury. 

Instead, a person should wait until they are fully healed, or until they have been cleared by their doctor to resume normal activity. It is also important for the athlete to clear their new workout plan with their doctor or physical therapist to ensure that it is safe and will not cause further damage to their body. 

Most Common Crossfit Injuries

As with any other sport, there are several potential injuries that can occur as a result of Crossfit. Many of these injuries occur as a result of improper technique or muscle overuse. Athletes that do not push themselves beyond their limits are less likely to develop injuries from any sport. 

Some of the most common Crossfit injuries include:

  • Tennis elbow: A bit of a misnomer, tennis elbow does not have to be caused by playing tennis. A frequent result of weightlifting, it is inflammation in the muscles of the outer arm between the elbow and forearm. If left untreated, can limit range of motion and cause severe pain. 
  • Wrist sprain: Damage to the wrist that can be caused by repetitive motions or when the wrists suffer from an excessive amount of weight that they are not trained for. 
  • Achilles tendonitis: The largest tendon in your body runs from the calf to the ankle and it can be damaged by being overused – particularly during jumping or running exercises. 
  • Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome: The IT band is the tendon that runs from the pelvic bone to the shin bone. This syndrome occurs when the band gets irritated or inflamed from rubbing against the thighbone. Runners are particularly susceptible to this condition. 
  • Lower back strain: This typically occurs from lifting too much weight without first strengthening and stretching not only the lower back but also the surrounding muscles. Lower back pain may also be the result of poor form and improper lifting techniques. 
  • Hernia: Most frequently the result of weightlifting improperly, a hernia occurs when too much strain has been placed on the abdominal muscles causing the intestines to pop through the abdominal wall. 
  • Rotator cuff injury: This injury can be caused by any repetitive over-the-head motion involving the shoulder such as pull-ups or lift and presses. 
  • Jumper’s Knee and knee strain: Overuse can lead to micro-tears in the muscle and tendons of the knees causing pain, swelling, and inflammation that can become chronic if left untreated. 

All of these injuries can be prevented by taking the proper precautions and listening to your body. By stretching regularly, hydrating properly, being mindful of limitations, and not pushing themselves past their capabilities, athletes can keep typically remain injury-free. 

Common Causes of Crossfit Injuries

There is no evidence that Crossfit injuries occur at a higher rate than any other sports injuries. As with other sports, Crossfit injuries typically occur as a result of:

  • Improper technique
  • Overtraining or overexertion
  • Not warming up or cooling down properly
  • Advancing in weights, repetitions, or technique too quickly
  • Pushing themselves past their limits
  • Attempting to train while injured, sick, or otherwise not at their best

When an athlete uses improper form, ignores safety recommendations, or pushes themselves beyond their limits and what they are ready for, then their chances of becoming injured significantly increases. 

Preventing Crossfit Injuries

There are two important things to remember when doing Crossfit. First, is that athletes should take their time to properly learn the techniques of each exercise before they attempt it. 

Secondly, athletes should advance at their own pace rather than allowing themselves to be pressured into doing more than they are comfortable with. 

In addition to these general considerations, there are several other things that a Crossfit athlete can do to prevent injuries. 

These include taking the time to properly warm up and cool down before and after exercising, allowing their body to rest and recuperate between workouts, wearing the correct shoes, support equipment, and training aids, and listening to their bodies for signs of fatigue or weakness. 

Injuries In Crossfit Compared To Other Sports

There is no evidence that Crossfit causes more injuries than other traditional sports or methods of exercising. In fact, a study from 2022 showed that the risk of injury was comparable to weightlifting and powerlifting.

A separate study from 2018 stated that the injury rate in Crossfit injuries was 0.27 per 1,000 hours, equating to around 18.9 injuries per 1,000 training hours. Of those injured, the majority were injured during the first 12 months of their training, and the injuries were typically the result of improper technique. 

In comparison, these numbers are lower than the injury rates found in more popular sports, such as football, at 35.9 injuries per 1000 training hours. When the numbers are looked at, it is obvious that Crossfit gets an undeservedly bad reputation. 

Our Mission

At Eastside Ideal Health we combine chiropractic care, ART and sports therapy exercises to help you get back to the activities you love. We know you hate sitting on the bench so we identify underlying causes first, and develop treatments that make sense for your current and target levels of activity.

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  • Tension headaches
  • Migraine headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tendonitis
  • Golfers elbow
  • Tennis elbow

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  • DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Rib pain
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Jaw pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

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"Ben and Maggie are the greatest! As an endurance athlete, I have various aches and pains. I give them a call and they figure a way to get me in. ART hurts like heck, but they get the job done so I can continue with my training. I highly recommend Eastside Ideal Health!"

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"I'm a Crossfitter and it's hard to find a sports Chiropractor that understands my workout routine. Every time I go in for an adjustment I leave feeling so much better. Also they take time to teach me how to foam-roll my tight muscles properly and how to stretch properly. My husband and I love it!"

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