Fortunately back and neck injuries are less common among adolescents and high school athletes. Most injuries consist of ligament sprains 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 make it important for pain afflicted 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 pauses of back pain in young athletes, particularly gymnasts, who twist and hyper-extend their spines.
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 860-621-2225 to schedule and appointment. Chiropractic care has helped millions of people. We’re located at 200 Queen St. Southington CT. The answers you need. The care you deserve.
P.S. The injury known as a “stinger” involves nerves stretching or compressing when the head is focused back and/or to the side. It is most common in football and wrestling.