Sports and Back Pain

Sports like gymnastics, diving, weight lifting, football, and golf are examples of sports with higher back pain rates. Statistics demonstrate that 90% of all injuries of professional golfers contribute to neck and back pain. Engaging in plenty of exercises and playing sports is vital for someone's overall health. However, these activities can lead to a variety of body pains, making it hard to complete your daily tasks.

Lower back pain is a common source of pain even for the fittest athletes. Whenever you step out to participate in any sporting activity, you risk experiencing some injury. Sporting activities can cause the spine to undergo a lot of twisting, putting a lot of pressure and impact on your back. These strenuous activities exert strain on the back and other body parts, causing injuries.

If you enjoy playing sports but have frequent back pains that don’t allow you to participate, we can help. At Reimer Wellness Center in Los Altos, CA, our chiropractor can offer holistic healing and natural back pain management, helping you become active again.

Types of Sports-Related Injuries

People of all age groups like to indulge in competitive sporting activities and recreations. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, culminating in various injuries. Here are some of the most common sports injuries.

Lower Back Injury

Muscle strains are common in the lower back because it supports the upper body's weight and is often involved in bending, moving, or twisting. Sports that cause recurring impacts like running and twisting movements (golf and weightlifting) commonly contribute to the lower back's damage.

Symptoms of lower back pain include:

  • Low back pain that may radiate to the buttocks
  • Muscle spasms
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Difficulty maintaining upright posture due to pain and stiffness
  • Pain that lasts between 10-14 days

Upper Back Injury

Injuries experienced in the upper back involve rib fracture, intercostal neuralgia, and intercostal muscle sprains. These injuries are due to the torso's rotation in sports such as swimming, tennis, and skiing.

Neck Injury

The neck commonly gets injured in contact sports like rugby due to the strain of the tendons, ligaments, and muscles in the neck.

Ligament Injuries

These are injuries to the muscles and ligaments in and around the spinal area. They are caused by violent bending and rotation of the neck during sports with high speed and impacts like skiing and football.

Visit Our Chiropractor

If you are a sports injury victim suffering from disturbing lower back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, or other condition, we can help. At Reimer Wellness Center, located in Los Altos, CA, our team of experts offer a variety of treatment options for sports injuries. Call us today to schedule an appointment.


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