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Chronic Pain, Car Crashes, and Chiropractic

Over 2 million people are hurt each year in automobile accidents in the U.S. While most people are able to heal from their injuries relatively quickly, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Arlington, VA office. Thankfully, Dr. Holcombe is here to help you recover from your auto injury.

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was conducted on 28 people diagnosed with chronic whiplash syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic treatment and 93 percent of them experienced pain relief following their adjustments, even though 43 percent of whiplash sufferers overall usually never find relief. This confirms that chiropractic care is a great way to avoid chronic pain after an auto injury.

It's important to note that research has also found that putting off treatment after a car crash can adversely affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Holcombe as soon as possible is key to having a quicker recovery.

Dr. Holcombe has helped many auto injury sufferers, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Arlington, VA office today for more information or an appointment.

Sources

  • Association for Safe International Road Travel. Retrieved from http://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics
  • Dies S & Strapp J. (1992, September). Chiropractic treatment of patients in motor vehicle accidents: a statistical analysis. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 36(3), 139-145.
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Arlington, VA Neck Pain and Auto Injury

Neck pain is a common condition after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. Holcombe sees frequently in our Arlington, VA office. The key to recovering from neck pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.

Your neck is exposed to very high forces during an auto injury, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low speed crash, your head is exposed to extremely rapid acceleration. In such collisions, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts a serious strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your spinal column are held together with strong bands of tissue called ligaments, and these ligaments provide stability for your neck. These ligaments can be sprained during a car crash, just as the ligaments in your ankle can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.

When you experience a sprained ligament, the damaged tissues become inflamed and painful, and that's what happens after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing flexibility in the injured region, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.

You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Holcombe is conveniently located in Arlington, VA to help you get better, whether you've been in a car crash or not. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Give our office a call today at (703) 933-9000 to make an appointment.

 

Headache and Auto Injury

We treat many car accident cases in in our Arlington, VA office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is headache. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat headache. Let's look at how headache is caused by a crash and how Dr. Holcombe can help you.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's triggered by an auto injury, though, typically begins as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the neck. In a crash, the neck muscles can be torn, which results in swelling and discomfort. These types of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.

Another frequent cause of pain after a crash that we see in our Arlington, VA office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that start in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is very common after a crash, and it's important to get care for this type of problem to prevent the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those caused by auto injuries. Your chiropractor will help reduce the inflammation and strain in your neck, which will help relieve the headache pain.

Dr. Holcombe has been helping patients in Arlington, VA since 2000, so we know what you're living with. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Holcombe will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (703) 933-9000 to make an appointment.

 

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

If you suffer from thoracic outlet syndrome after a car crash, don't despair. Dr. Holcombe sees this type of condition frequently in our Arlington, VA office. Let's look at the root cause of thoracic outlet syndrome after an auto injury and see how chiropractic care can help.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of blood vessels and nerves that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These nerves and blood vessels don't have a lot of space, so they travel under and between the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a crash, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become swollen and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which restricts movement and puts stress on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or numbness in the shoulder, elbow and even the hand. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Arlington, VA Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Holcombe will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Holcombe has been helping patients in Arlington, VA since 2000, so we know what you're going through. We're here to help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (703) 933-9000 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

 

Back Pain and Auto Injury

Back Pain is a common problem after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Holcombe sees often in our Arlington office. The key to recovering from back pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.

During a rear-end auto collision, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your back, the car seat can put uneven force on your lower back. This can cause some of your spinal vertebrae to move in one direction while an adjacent vertebrae might move in another direction. This differential motion can sprain or strain the structures that hold your spine together. These types of injuries can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Thankfully, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Dr. Holcombe is here in Arlington to help you recover from back pain. We've been helping patients since 2000 and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to establish the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (703) 933-9000 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Many people report back pain after a car crash.
 

Shoulder Pain and Auto Injury

We work with many car accident cases in in our Arlington office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is shoulder pain. Let's look at why shoulder pain is frequently experienced after an auto collision and see how your chiropractor can help you heal.

There are at least two different ways that you can develop shoulder problems after a crash: by direct injury to the shoulder joint or by radiating pain from the neck.

 

Direct trauma can be caused by striking your shoulder on a hard surface in the car during the impact, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end impact. With this type of trauma, you'll usually be aware of the pain shortly after the wreck.

More frequently, Dr. Holcombe finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a collision, but starts a few days or weeks after the accident. This type of shoulder discomfort actually starts in the neck. Injured ligaments or muscles in your spine can pinch nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've worked with both types of shoulder problems in our Arlington office. This approach involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Holcombe has been helping patients in Arlington since 2000, so we know what you're experiencing. We're here to help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to figure out the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (703) 933-9000 to make an appointment.