Are You Experiencing Back or Neck Pain Due To A Sports Injury?
Sports Injury Facts That May Surprise You
Overuse injury from repeated motion is responsible for over 50% of youth injuries.
62% of organized sports injuries occur during practice.
Almost 3 million children 19 and under are treated in the emergency room for sports related injuries each year.
The most common sports injuries are sprains & strains, knee injuries, swollen muscles, Achilles tendon injuries, shin bone pain, fractures and dislocations.
Sports teams and sports superstars often keep chiropractors close by for injury prevention and to reduce the likelihood of re-injury.
The discs between the bones of your spine are your body’s shock absorbers and must be properly aligned to prevent injury.
Overexertion related to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing activities are common causes of sports injuries.
Sports Injury Causes Include:
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Falling From Heights
Falling Object Injuries
Walking Into Injuries
How To Test For Sports Injuries
Prior to beginning any sports injury pain treatment you should undergo a clinical evaluation and diagnostic testing procedures. This step will help determine the most effective treatment process for your specific condition.
The evaluation of the extent of your injuries is commonly evaluated through one of the following testing procedures:
A procedure used to evaluate bones, joints and degenerative lesions in the spine.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI):
An MRI is a common test used to evaluate the soft tissues in the body, especially the spine’s discs, joints, nerves and bones. The test is prescribed in a weight bearing mode to better evaluate the interverbal disc spaces.
Cat Scan (CT):
A procedure used when there are suspected problems in the bones or when a patient can’t obtain an MRI.
A procedure that injects dye into the spinal column to help flex the area before being x-rayed.
A procedure used to determine the level of the painful disc.
Bone Density Test:
A procedure that is fast, painless and noninvasive.
A procedure also know as a nerve condition study used to test the nerves in the arms and legs.
A procedure that requires the patient to receive a small radioactive tracer injection that is “tagged” to a calcium like material. The tracer is typically injected into a vein in the arm. The procedure takes about 4 hours and has no side effects.
How do you know if your back or neck pain is the result of an injury and not a muscle strain? Only your doctor can provide an accurate diagnosis, but here are some symptoms to be on the lookout for:
Whiplash – an injury most common when being hit from the rear such as in football. Symptoms of whiplash include headaches at the base of the skull, pain and stiffness in the neck from being snapped back and forth like a whip, blurred vision, fatigue and dizziness.
Spinal Fractures – an injury most common in the middle and lower back due to the upper body being thrown forward upon impact while the lower body remains restrained. Symptoms of spinal fractures include moderate to severe back pain that worsens when you move, and possibly numbness or tingling. Immobilization and emergency medical attention is required whenever a spinal fracture is suspected.
Spondylolisithesis – a stress fracture on the bone that presses against the nerves, causing pain and numbness or weakness in the leg or buttocks and difficulty walking. In some cases symptoms may not be evident for months or even years, however your doctor is able to diagnose and treat your condition to help avoid symptoms before they occur.
Herniated Disc – can occur when the soft disc pushes through the exterior due to impact, causing weakness, tingling or numbness as a result of nerve impingement.
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