Fortunately, back and neck injuries are less common among adolescent and high school athletes. Most injuries consist of ligament sprains and muscle strains caused by trauma, overuse, improper body mechanics, poor technique, insufficient conditioning, or not stretching enough. These kinds of injuries usually cause back or neck pain while young athletes are active and performing, and subside with rest. However, there are more serious conditions that can present similar symptoms, which makes it important for painafflicted youngsters to undergo a comprehensive evaluation. For instance, “spondylolysis” (a defect in the vertebra) and “spondylolisthesis” (in which one vertebra slips onto the bone below it) are common causes of back pain in young athletes, particularly gymnasts, who twist and hyperextend their spines.
At FAMILY PRACTICE OF CHIROPRACTIC, we have a number of tools for determining “where” and “to what extent” the bones of your spine have become misaligned. It’s important to realize that your body can “tell” us exactly where the problem areas are. Call our office at 617.472.4220 to schedule an appointment. Chiropractic care has helped millions of people. We’re located at 112 McGrath Hwy., Quincy. If your problem is a chiropractic condition we offer you exceptional service.
P.S. The injury known as a “stinger” involves nerves stretching or compressing when the head is forced back and/or to the side). It is most common in football and wrestling
For Your Health,
Dr. Gabrielle Freedman