When you incur a strain or sprain injury to your back, neck or joints,
several types of connective or soft tissues are affects: ligaments,
joints, tendons, cartilage. Ligaments are the flexible structures
that hold adjacent bones together. The point where two bones meet forms
a complex structure called a joint. Intervertebral discs are joint
structures in your spine. Either can easily become torqued or thrown out
of alignment during a fall, lifting, or even a sudden incorrect movement.
Tendons attach muscles onto bones. Tendons, ligaments and muscles may
become overstretched or torn (sprained) during injuries. A key component
of many of these structures is cartilage. It consists of super resilient
molecules called GAGs, water, and a tough flexible protein called collagen
that holds it all together.
The chiropractic physician can offer considerable relief for injury recovery
but it is essential that he or she first make a complete evaluation
to differentiate among the possible injuries. An accuate history, examination,
and specialized tests must be performed, a procedure for which the
chiropractic physician is expertly trained. He or she will treat you and may
also recommend exercise, dietary changes and vitamin supplments to aid the
body's natural healing process.