The most common musculoskeletal injuries while hiking are sprains and strains, particularly in the ankles, knees, and wrists. These injuries can occur when the ligaments, tendons, or muscles around a joint are stretched or torn due to a sudden twisting, turning, or awkward movement. Here are the most frequent hiking injuries Dr. Jake Huebner treats in his clinic.
Other musculoskeletal injuries that can occur while hiking include:
- Shin splints: Pain along the front of the lower leg, which can be caused by overuse, poor footwear, or hiking on hard or uneven surfaces.
- Low back pain: Pain in the lower back can be caused by poor posture, carrying a heavy backpack, or repetitive bending and twisting movements.
- Knee pain: Pain in the knee can be caused by overuse, improper footwear, or pre-existing conditions such as arthritis.
- Plantar fasciitis: Pain in the heel or bottom of the foot, which can be caused by overuse or improper footwear.
To prevent these injuries, it is important to wear appropriate footwear and to gradually increase the intensity and duration of hiking. Stretching before and after hiking can also help prevent injuries. If you do suffer an injury while hiking, Dr. Jake Huebner at Colorado Muscle and Joint Clinic can help! He can get you back doing what you love by combining chiropractic care and physical rehabilitation. His office is located in Loveland, Colorado, just north of Walmart off highway 287.