Did you just discover a new curse word? Well, probably not because it is an acronym which means fall on outstretched hand. Think of a time when you lost your footing and you automatically reached your hand out to catch yourself. That is a FOOSH injury. This can lead to a number of problems including but not limited to your hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder and neck. There are lots of factors that go into just what and how badly you hurt yourself but in general the further you are above the ground or faster you are traveling you will have more energy which will lead to increased force upon landing. When that force surpasses the tissues ability to sustain the energy load you have an injury. These tend to crop up a lot throughout the year but once you add in some slick surfaces you can find yourself on the deck pretty quickly.
The kinetic chain of the upper extremity to the neck are the primary areas where we will see these injuries pop up. Fractures, dislocations and strain/sprains are quite common when a patient is involved in one of these incidents. If the damage to the areas is mild you will see that the tissue heals relatively quickly especially for folks that are younger. The most significant injuries will require immediate medical attention to fully ascertain the level of damage and appropriate intervention.
What can a chiropractor of all people do an injury to your upper extremity? As a sports chiropractor I have received extensive training in the treatment and rehabilitation of upper extremity issues. After a through examination to determine just what and how much damage is done the proper course of treatment can take place. Adjustments/mobilizations, soft tissue work and rehab exercises are the tools that I can use to help get you back into the game. A lot of times co-management of these injuries is needed a referral to another medical professional may be needed.
All of this is done to find it, fix it and get you back to living the life you want. Any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me.
Christopher Foust, DC, DACBSP
Synergy Chiropractic, LLC