Posts for: April, 2016
Baseball and softball are two of America’s most beloved and popular sports. As fun as they may be and as great as they are for physical fitness, they can also cause a number of sports injuries that you and your doctor must address. Find out how playing baseball and softball often can affect your whole body. Also, discover how regular appointments at Back to Health Chiropractic in Brunswick, GA can help you get relief from sports injuries.
The most important part of being a good baseball or softball player is hitting the ball as hard and far as possible. Coaches often encourage their players to "swing away" when they're up to bat, but when the ball doesn't connect, the entire body often twists and contorts. When this happens repetitively, it can cause pain in the back, shoulder, elbows, and arms. Shoulder injuries are also common in pitchers, because they throw their pitching arm forward with force repetitively.
Those Sharp Turns When Running the Bases
When you do hit the ball while playing baseball or softball, you must take sharp turns when running the bases. Normally, your body is used to running in a straight line. Taking these quick, sharp turns can put a strain on your back, legs, knees, and ankles—especially if you haven’t warmed up first with a jog around the field. Your Brunswick chiropractor can help you alleviate pain in your joints and muscles from running the bases.
Sliding Into Home
One of the most common ways that players injure themselves when playing baseball or softball is sliding into home base. When they do so, they stretch their limbs (arms or legs) and risk injuring their backs or torn ligaments. Throwing your entire body into a base can cause a variety of aches and pains that persist long after the bottom of the ninth inning.
Get Relief from a Trusted Chiropractor
If you are an avid baseball or softball player, it’s a good idea to keep a trusted chiropractor on call. Contact the Brunswick, GA office of Back to Health Chiropractic at (912)466-9945 for an appointment.
By Dr. Perry Nickelston
Whiplash is the most common injury associated with motor vehicle accidents, affecting up to 83 percent of those involved in collisions, and is a common cause of chronic disability.
The Quebec Task Force (QTF) on Whiplash Associated Disorders defines whiplash as "bony or soft tissue injuries" resulting "from rear-end or side impact, predominantly in motor vehicle accidents, and from other mishaps" as a result of "an acceleration-deceleration mechanism of energy transfer to the neck." It is estimated that as many as four per 1,000 people may experience a whiplash-related injury and associated pain syndromes. The overall economic burden of whiplash injury, including medical care, disability and sick leave, is estimated at a staggering $3.9 billion annually in the U.S. alone.
The mechanism of injury suggests that whiplash may occur as a result of hyperextension (excessive backward bending) of the lower cervical spine (neck) in relation to a hyperflexion (excessive forward bending) of the upper cervical vertebrae, producing a force of impact "whipping" through the body. The result is soft-tissue damage, inflammation and muscle spasm.
Whiplash is associated with a wide variety of clinical symptoms including neck pain, neck stiffness, arm pain, jaw pain, headaches and paresthesias (tingling/numbness), problems with memory and concentration, and psychological distress. Symptoms of whiplash may not present until several weeks after the causative incident. Frequently people experience little pain and discomfort in the early stages. However, after several weeks the body begins to manifest symptoms. It is this delayed onset of symptoms and lack of early treatment intervention which may cause the condition to become chronic and debilitating.
While a whiplash injury may be unavoidable if you're involved in a crash, there are simple but effective precautions you can take to minimize the risk. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Head restraint: If more than one person uses a car, it is better to adjust the head restraint for each driver and make sure that it's positioned according to the convenience of each driver. Not adjusting the head restraint for each driver greatly increases the likelihood of injury. The head restraint must be locked when driving. If the head restraint is not locked, it may move during an accident, taking away protective support when needed most and resulting in substantial injuries to the neck.
Evidence suggests that being the driver increases the chances of head injury by double and also shows that women suffer from whiplash injuries more than men because they tend to sit more upright and closer to the steering wheel. A study by Brian Stemper, PhD, assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, found: "Auto head restraints positioned less than 2.4 inches (6 cm) from the back of the head kept ligament stretch within the physiologic range - meaning that no injury would occur. However, as the restraint distance increased beyond 2.4 inches, the ligaments began to exceed failure thresholds, meaning that whiplash injury was more likely to occur."