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Can Tight Hamstrings Cause Back Pain?

Girl bending forwardLower back pain is common and it often causes many to miss their workdays. There are multiple causes of lower back pain, but here, we will discuss the role of tight hamstrings in causing lower back pain.

Hamstrings are basically a group of 3 muscles present on the back of thigh (femur bone). These muscles originate from the hip bones and two of these muscles (semimembranous and semitendonous) attach to one of the bones (Tibia) in the lower leg, while, the third muscle (Biceps femoris) attaches to other bone (Fibula) in the lower leg.

Hamstring’s mechanism of action is that they cause flexion of knee joint (bending the knees) and extension at hip joint (bringing thigh behind the body). Normally the lower part of the spine is slightly curved because the back of the pelvis is marginally higher than the front side. In normal conditions, when the hamstrings are relaxed, it causes the pelvis to tilt forward and the lumbar spine also follows it with extension thus causing no strain on ligaments and discs.

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Whiplash neck injury

Whiplash injuries: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Driver Suffering From Whiplash After Traffic CollisionWhiplash is described as an injury to the neck due to sudden rapid forward and backward motion resulting from trauma; which is car accident in most of the cases, but may also occur due to falls, sport related injuries or knock over head by a heavy object.

This sudden over-extension of the head and neck impacts the muscles and ligaments causing stretching and probable tearing of neck tissues. Whiplash may also involve tearing, bulging or rupture of the vertebral discs or may also cause vertebral dislocation. It may also affect the spinal cord and nerve roots passing through the space between vertebras, which may develop irritation or stretch or get pinched because of the reduced gap in between the vertebra.

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Fall day

Fall is here!

AutumnGetting ready for Autumn

Students, teachers and parents are now in the routine of back to school and now is the time to get ready for autumn. This season gives us beautiful colors of autumn leaves and brings us the new television season, football season, soccer season, the start of hockey season, flu season, raking leaves, temperatures dropping, daylight getting shorter and the start of the holiday seasons.

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How Can A Sports Chiropractor Help?

Football Team after a gameDid you know that about 90% of all world-class athletes use chiropractic care to prevent injuries and increase their performance potential?  What about the fact that since 2010 all 32 NFL teams provide their players and personnel chiropractic physician services for managing and preventing injuries?  Chiropractors are also found working with 90% of MLB teams, majority of NHL teams, 70% of PGA golfers, and Olympic athletes.

Chiropractic care does not just work with professional athletes they also work with high school, college athletes and the weekend warrior in all of us.  More than 30 million students participate in organized sports; high school athletes experience two million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year.

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