Causes of Chronic Pain after a Car Crash

Aloha auto injury treatmentOf the roughly 2 million rear-end crashes in the US every year, a substantial number of men and women find themselves dealing with chronic pain and impairment. Some studies have shown that 18% of people are still in pain 12 months after an accident.

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehab sees many car crash cases in our Aloha office, and we regularly see patients who have been hurting for many years and have not been able to find relief. First Choice Chiropractic & Rehab has great success in helping these patients.

What Causes Chronic Pain after a Crash?

During a crash, the ligaments of your neck and back can be stretched or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and irritated and sends pain impulses to the spinal cord and central nervous system.

Pain tells your body that something is wrong, which tells the muscles in the injured area to contract to shield the area from further injury.

If the damage isn't managed immediately, a negative cycle develops. The injured tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your central nervous system reacts. This produces a feedback loop in your nervous system that experts refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system literally becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulus, triggering chronic pain.

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehab is able to help this kind of problem, as chiropractic care is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows that adjustments are successful at relieving pain from auto injuries and shows that chiropractic in fact has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Aloha and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give First Choice Chiropractic & Rehab a call today at (503) 642-2845 for a consultation or appointment.

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December 10, 2015
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