Signs, Causes, and Treatment of Ligament Injuries
Spinal ligament injuries are one of the most severe and painful types of injuries that our chiropractor at Sarasota Chiropractic, Physical Therapy & Massage treats. Ligament injuries occur when the fibrous connective tissue that joins the bones of the spine is torn away. It is caused by sudden or extreme movement, such as during an auto accident, exercise, or other types of physical activity. At the time of the injury, you may feel a slight pop or tearing sensation. Here are some signs of a spinal ligament injury, the most common causes, and how chiropractic care can treat it.
Symptoms of Spinal Ligament Injuries
Although the signs and symptoms may vary in degree from one person to the next, the most common signs of a spinal ligament injury typically include:
- Muscle spasms
- Acute pain
- Decreased movement and range of motion
- Loss of flexibility
- Stiffness or swelling in the joints
Causes of Spinal Ligament Injuries
Any type of sudden fall, twisting of body, or jolting of the body may force the joint to shift, which may cause tearing of the attached spinal ligament. Weak abdominal muscles or back and participating in sports and other strenuous activities that involve pushing or pulling can also lead to a torn or injured ligament. Some of the most common causes of ligament injuries in the spine may include:
- Improper lifting
- Auto accidents
- Sports injuries
- Repetitive motions
- Work-related injuries
Chiropractic Care Can Improve Your Injury
Our chiropractor, Dr. Kozma, will do a thorough examination to determine the location of the injury and recommend an appropriate treatment plan that can help relieve your acute pain as well as prevent the risk of further injury. There are several ways in which chiropractic care is beneficial for treating spinal ligament injuries. A few of the treatment methods that may help include:
- Spinal manipulation, which reduces inflammation and facilitates healing of the ligament
- Soft tissue treatment, which is used to help relieve the discomfort that may occur in the area below the injured ligament and above the connected joint
- Massage therapy, which helps to reduce tension in the muscles surround the ligament and aid in the relief of pain
When left untreated, spinal ligament injuries can lead to a decrease in mobility and increased pain in the spine. The longer treatment is delay, the more intense your injuries may get, which slows down the healing time.
Book an Appointment Today
To schedule a consultation to discuss treatment for a potential spinal injury, contact Sarasota Chiropractic, Physical Therapy & Massage at 941-924-9892.