Hyperextension injuries are relatively common (especially among athletes), and can be quite painful. Identifying a hyperextension injury when it happens is essential before moving forward with pain relief treatment options. This article focuses on treating back pain after a hyperextension injury. We will talk about what causes hyperextension injuries, and how they can be best treated when they occur.
What is a Hyperextension Injury?
A hyperextension injury occurs when you extend a limb too far too quickly, stretching your ligaments out past their normal range of motion. These injuries most often occur during sports and exercise (athletes are potentially vulnerable to these injuries). However, they can also occur at work, or due to accidents (slip and falls, car crashes, etc.).
Hyperextension injuries can impact several parts of the body, including:
Treating Hyperextension Injuries
Hyperextension injuries can be extremely painful and also decrease a person’s overall functionality and range-of-motion. A solid treatment strategy has to be built on an accurate diagnosis, so that’s the first step in the process. Your doctor should be able to diagnose your hyperextension injury with a routine physical exam, medical history, and potentially additional imaging tests (such as x-ray, CT scan, or MRI). Treatment options vary based on the extent of the injury. Most hyperextension injuries can be effectively treated with conservative methods such as rest, injections, pain medication, and potentially PRP injections to stimulate natural regeneration.
Twin Cities Pain Physicians
At Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN, our board-certified pain management doctors have been treating patients throughout the Twin Cities for several decades. We offer pain relief treatment options for acute and chronic pain from a variety of injuries and conditions. Our pain physicians are trained in the most innovative of treatment options, including regenerative stem cell procedures such as PRP and Prolotherapy injections. Contact a Minnesota pain doctor now and set up an appointment at our Minneapolis or Edina clinics today.