College football has kicked off! Now it’s time for the pros to play starting this Thursday! Unfortunately, a few major injuries took place during preseason football. Last year, Green Bay Packer star wide receiver Jordy Nelson tore his anterior cruciate ligament running a route. This preseason Tony Romo succumbed to injury during the preseason. Let’s take a look at how the injury took place.
How Did the Injury Happen?
During the first quarter of the preseason game, Tony Romo scrambled to his left escaping the pocket. This exposed Romo’s back to defensive end Cliff Avril. Romo was starting to slide to give himself up (end the play without getting hit). Romo’s slide naturally made his chest and legs converge causing slight lumbar spine flexion. As Romo was about to slide, Cliff Avril hit Romo around the shoulders and neck causing hyper-flexion of Romo’s lumbar spine. You can watch the injury video here. Pardon the 30 second commercial.
Mechanics of Injury
Romo hit the ground forcefully causing a compression fracture. Compression fractures of the spine are usually caused by a hyper-flexion injury as seen on the video. During forceful hyper-flexion, the vertebral endplates will drive toward each other creating a fracture.
How Was the Injury Confirmed?
The imaging used for Romo’s back was Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). There are two types of MRI. T1 and T2 weighted MRI show the area of compression and fluid build up representing an acute or recent injury. Imagine a halfway crushed can. That’s what Romo’s L1 vertebrae probably looked like through MRI. Romo will avoid surgery. The best treatment for a stable compression fracture is rest. The timetable for Romo’s return looks to be week 8 or 10.
How Does a Structural Correction Chiropractor Help?
As long as the compression fracture is stable, there are no contraindications to Structural Correction chiropractic. Structural Corrective adjustments at Core Chiropractic are specific and gentle with a major focus being on the top vertebral bones. If the top vertebral bone, the atlas, is directed to a more normal position the rest of the spine will be affected as well. The spine works like links of a chain. Moving the top link will affect or move the rest of the links. Structural Corrective adjustments will stabilize and align the spine to it’s most optimal position; thus, decreasing pressure on the nerves (yellow structures above) improving or correcting secondary conditions or symptoms.
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