We’ve mentioned how common neck and back pain are after an accident. Of course, connected intricately with these areas, and really all of the body, is the spine. If you are experiencing back pain after an accident or slip-and-fall, it might be a result of spinal instability.
Helping to protect your spine from injury are fibrous bands of connective tissue called ligaments. In a condition called “ligament laxity,” the bands are too loose to hold the spine in place which results in the vertebrae constantly shifting and dislocating.
These spinal column injuries very often become chronic with victims experiencing long-term symptoms and an overall lower quality of life. And so it is of great importance that individuals experiencing back pain from ligament laxity discuss treatment options with their back pain doctor. If not treated, patients with ligamentous laxity in the spinal region can experience disc degeneration and osteoarthritis.
Here are a few signs that a person might be suffering from spinal instability:
Cracking of the Back
Do you hear a crack every time you turn over in bed or stretch? This can be an obvious sign. In these typical movements, it is not normal for vertebrae to shift enough to make a cracking sound.
Intermittent Pain Down the Arm or Leg
When the vertebrae shift, they will often pinch on nerves. The pain is not constant but is felt only when the pinch occurs.
Tightness or spasms in the neck & back muscles
Abnormal spasms that stick around for a period of time are likely trying to stabilize the spine. The tightness and spasms are a clue that the ligaments have become weakened, and the muscles are contracting as a way to help.
When you search for a specialist to treat your pain, be sure you look for an expert chiropractor and not just a “manipulator.” Too much manipulation of your spine could result in further pain and issues. Exacta Care’s Dr. Brian Guetter has written extensively on the matter of spinal ligamentous laxity and offers a careful and customized approach to caring for your whole person.
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