Posts Tagged as: Car Accident Recovery

What causes persistent pain after a car wreck?

Arlington, VA auto injury treatmentOf the approximately 2 million rear-end accidents in the United States every year, a substantial number of people find themselves enduring long-term pain and disability. Some research indicates that about 20% of people are still in pain 12 months after a collision.

Dr. Holcombe sees many auto accident cases in our Arlington, VA office, and we oftentimes see individuals who have been suffering for many years and have not been able to find relief. Dr. Holcombe has great success in treating these patients.

What Causes Chronic Pain after a Crash?

During an accident, the structures of your spinal column can be sprained or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and irritated and sends pain signals to the spinal cord and brain.

Pain tells your central nervous system that something is wrong, which tells the muscle tissues in the damaged area to contract to protect the area from further harm.

If the injury isn't addressed immediately, a negative cycle develops. The damaged area keeps sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system reacts. This produces a feedback loop in your nervous system that specialists refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system basically becomes hypersensitive to any kind of stimulation, causing chronic pain.

Dr. Holcombe is able to help this kind of issue, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that adjustments are effective at reducing pain from car accidents and shows that chiropractic in fact has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Arlington, VA and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Holcombe a call today at (703) 933-9000 for a consultation or appointment.

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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.

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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.

 

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.