Muscle injuries and Chiropractic

Many sports and work injuries involve the tearing of muscles. Usually the rupture of a muscle is felt as a tearing sensation. Swelling and tenderness at the area of the rupture occurs withing hours. Bruising usually takes about 24 hours to appear. A muscular rupture usually produces a gap or defect in the muscle that can be felt with the hands. When the muscle is flexed the belly of the muscle is usually more prominent. The most common muslces effected by rupture are the quadriceps and hamstrings.
A charley horse is swelling or hematoma in a muscle that is the result of direct trauma to a muscle or rupture.
Untreated muscular injuries result in loss of extensibility of the muscle due to formation of scar tissue or calcification in the muscle. The most effective Chiropractic technique in treating scar tissue within the muscles is myofascial release.
Tight muscles in children may often indicate underlying conditions of the spine. Tight hamstrings especially may indicate spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which the front and back parts of the vertebrae do not fuse properly. The condition is found in under 10% of all people. X rays are often performed on young persons with very tight hamstrings that limit motion for this reason.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience. His Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain and sports injuries. Etter Chiropractic serves Olathe, Kansas, Lenexa, Kansas and Overland Park, Kansas.

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