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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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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.