Spine Wise: 3 Common Back Injuries & Their Various Symptoms

Back pain is one of the biggest reasons people visit their chiropractor. And, according to statistics, back pain is usually associated with non-organic incidents, like a back injury. The following are 3 common back injuries and the symptoms related to that injury.

1. Sprain and Strains

Strains are usually related to a muscle or tendon that has been bent out of shape or torn. This occurs due to an activity that stressed your back, such as lifting something incorrectly. Remember to lift using your legs, and be sure to keep your back straight.

Sprains, on the other hand, are related to ligaments that have been stretched too much or torn. This type of injury can also occur if you have a sudden blow to your back.

The following signs relate to both, as the symptoms are the same:

  • You might feel pain whenever you move
  • Normal tasks like walking or bending will feel painful
  • Painful muscle spasms might occur

Talk to your back specialist to help confirm your suspicions.

2. Herniated Disks

A herniated disk is simply a disk that slipped out of place. Disks are set between your vertebrae sections as a cushion. These disks help absorb shocks and generally protect your vertebrae. This injury is credited to wear due to age. But, this injury could also be due to bad lifting, accompanied with a twist.

The following are signs of a slipped or herniated disk:

  • Pain and numbness in your back or one side of your back
  • The pain may travel to your arms or legs
  • Sleeping, walking, standing, or sitting may worsen the pain
  • You might feel muscle weakness from time to time
  • There may be sensations, like tingling or burning on your back

3. Vertebrae Fracture

Fractures of the vertebrae could be caused by excess pressure, such as lifting or being overweight. The following are just some of the signs to look for:

  • Back pain may come suddenly without warning
  • Walking, standing, or sitting may make the pain worse
  • Laying down lessens the pain but does not make it go away
  • You may not be able to move your spine too much
  • There may be some noticeable loss of height or some involuntary hunching
  • You may see some deformity in your spine

Talk to your chiropractor as soon as you feel any of these symptoms. And talk to him or her about what you can do to prevent such injuries.

For more information, contact Brook Chiropractic or a similar location.