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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.