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Do you have pain in your back or neck?
The mid back or thoracic spine is most commonly injured as a result of the asymmetry of most seat belt designs. As the torso moves forward the seat belt locks and the torso is forced to stop at the end of the shoulder strap. Because the shoulder strap crosses only one shoulder (usually the left), the side without a strap (usually right) is able to travel forward further which results in a forward flexing and twisting injury to the mid back. For additional information on mid back pain, see ” Mid Back Pain “.
The lumbar spine is also frequently injured, but the mechanism differs from the above. As the torso and pelvis move forward the pelvis is stopped by the lap belt. However, the torso continues to move forward which producing a shearing force in the lumbar spine. These injuries often result in lumbar disc injuries. For additional information on low back pain and lower back injuries, see ” Low Back Pain “.
Collisions that occur during sporting events, slips, falls or Automobile crashes can all have a damaging effect on your neck and back. Reduction of the normal neck (Cervical) curve, repetitive micro-traumas ie. long hours on the computer, driving in traffic, traveling by car or plane, lifting heavy or awkward objects or constant stress of work, family and everyday life can also be directly related to neck and back pain.
Pain can be dull or sharp, boring or burning, constant or intermittent. As the problem progresses, numbness and or tingling can be felt in the upper back, arms and even in to the hands.
Through careful evaluation of your neck and upper back, we can pinpoint the problem areas and have great success in correcting the CAUSE of our Patients symptoms.
Pain From Sports Injury
Sports injuries are best dealt with when care is administered immediately, or at least as quickly as possible. Too many times people injure themselves during sports activities and ‘shrug’ off the pain. Although ‘toughing out’ pain may allow you to continue with the sport for a period of time, sooner or later the injury is going to catch up with you. In other words, joint dysfunction and/or soft tissue trauma is seldom going to get better on its own and in most cases, if left untreated, the injury will get worse. A mechanical problem (injury) needs a mechanical resolution, and chiropractic care is many times the best way to obtain a mechanical resolution.
Sports injuries include problems such as ankle sprains, plantar fascitis, knee sprains, knee tracking disorders, hip pain, gait abnormalities, pelvic and low back sprain/strain, rotator cuff tears, elbow wrist and hand trauma, various neck injuries, and many other injuries that occur on the field of play.
Spinal injuries can damage a number of pain sensitive structures located in the spinal region. Some of the more common structures that are damaged and that have innervation which allows them to transmit pain include:
anterior longitudinal ligament (runs down the front of the vertebral bodies-prevents excessive extension)
outer layers of intervertebral disc (located between adjacent vertebrae)
posterior longitudinal ligament (runs down the back of the vertebral bodies-prevents excessive flexion)
nerve root dura
capsule of the facet joints
flexor musculature: the colli and scalenes
When these tissues are injured, pain is experienced. Damage to these structures also results in tissue inflammation, edema, microscopic hemorrhage, and the release of noxious chemicals such as histamine, prostaglandins, substance P, and kinins which further hypersensitize already painful and injured tissues. In addition, when spinal injury occurs spinal muscles often reflexively spasm to protect the area from further injury – whether or not the muscles are injured. This spasming can lead to muscle ischemia (lack of oxygen) due to increased energy demands.
Chiropractic works by assisting the body in its ability to heal naturally. Complementary therapies include massage therapy, acupuncture, strength training, workplace ergonomics and nutrition, which can play a role in improving your condition. We specialize in healing injuries caused by automobile accidents, sports injuries, and workplace injuries. We can help reverse the effects of injuries caused by repetitive motion, poor posture, and poor lifting habits.