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What causes persistent pain after a car wreck?

Fleming Island, FL auto injury treatmentOf the roughly 2 million rear-end collisions in the US annually, a significant number of men and women end up experiencing long-term pain and disability. Some research indicates that 1 out of 5 people are still in pain 12 months after a collision.

Select Health and Wellness sees many auto injury cases in our Fleming Island, FL office, and we frequently see individuals who have been hurting for many years and have not been able to find help. Select Health and Wellness has great success in helping these patients.

The Cause of Chronic Pain

During an accident, the ligaments of your spine can be stretched or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and irritated and sends pain signals to the spine and brain.

Pain tells your central nervous system that something is wrong, which tells the muscles in the damaged area to contract to shield the area from further trauma.

If the injury isn't addressed immediately, a negative cycle develops. The injured tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system reacts. This creates a feedback loop in your nervous system that specialists refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system literally becomes hypersensitive to any kind of stimulation, leading to chronic pain.

Select Health and Wellness is able to help this kind of issue, 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 collisions and shows that chiropractic actually has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Fleming Island, FL and have been in a collision, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Select Health and Wellness a call today at (904) 425-9060 for a consultation or appointment.

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How Chiropractic Can Help You Avoid Chronic Auto Injury Pain

Over 2 million people are hurt every year in car accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to recover from their injuries relatively easily, many are left to deal with chronic pain and impairment. We see many of these patients here in our Fleming Island, FL office. Fortunately, Select Health and Wellness 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 pain. Each participant received chiropractic care 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 is a great way to avoid long-term pain after an auto injury.

It's important to note that research has also found that delaying treatment after a car crash can adversely affect healing time, so getting in to see Select Health and Wellness as soon as possible is key to having a quicker recovery.

Select Health and Wellness has helped many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Fleming Island, FL office today for more information or an appointment.

Resources

  • 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.
  • Woodward M et al. (1996, November). Chiropractic treatment of chronic 'whiplash' injuries. Injury, 27(9), 643-645.
 

Fleming Island, FL Neck Pain and Car Crashes

Neck pain is a common condition after an auto collision, and it's something that Select Health and Wellness sees often in our Fleming Island, FL office. Why is neck pain such a common problem after a car accident? How can your chiropractor help you heal?

Even in a car crash, your head is rapidly thrown back and forth, so it's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom from this type of injury. During even a low speed collision, your head is exposed to extremely rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts a serious strain on the tissues of the neck. The bones of your spine 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 wreck, 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 area become swollen and tender, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing movement in the injured area, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.

Select Health and Wellness has been helping patients in Fleming Island, FL since 2014, so we know what you're suffering from. We're here to help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Call us today at (904) 425-9060 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Headache and Auto Injury

Headache is a common condition after an auto injury, and it's something that Select Health and Wellness sees frequently in our Fleming Island, FL office. Your chiropractor can be very helpful for headache symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes headache and why chiropractic works.

There are many different types of headache. Headache that's caused by a car crash, though, usually begins as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the cervical spine. In a crash, the neck muscles can be torn, which causes swelling and discomfort. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.

Another common cause of headache after a collision that we see in our Fleming Island, FL office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate 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 protect against the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat headaches, including those caused by car crashes. Select Health and Wellness can help reduce the swelling and tension in your neck, which will help alleviate the headache pain.

Let us help you recover from headache. Select Health and Wellness has helped many patients with the same condition, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to determine the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (904) 425-9060 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Auto Injury

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common problem after an auto injury, and it's something that Select Health and Wellness sees frequently in our Fleming Island, FL office. Chiropractic can be very helpful for thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes thoracic outlet syndrome and why chiropractic works.

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

In a collision, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become swollen and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which limits movement and puts stress on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or pins and needles in the shoulder, elbow and even the wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Fleming Island, FL Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

If you've been injured in a car crash and you're experiencing thoracic outlet syndrome, Select Health and Wellness is here to help. Select Health and Wellness will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (904) 425-9060 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Back Pain and Car Accidents

If you are dealing with back pain after a car accident, don't despair. Select Health and Wellness sees this type of problem frequently in our Fleming Island, FL office. Chiropractic can be very helpful for back pain symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes back pain and why chiropractic works.

During a rear-end auto collision, your car and car seat are quickly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your spine, the car seat can put inconsistent force on your 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 movement can sprain or strain the structures that hold your spine together. These types of injuries can cause chronic back pain if not treated promptly. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Select Health and Wellness has been helping patients in Fleming Island, FL since 2014, so we know what you're going through. We're here to help you, too. First, we'll do a careful assessment to determine the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (904) 425-9060 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

Many people report back pain after a car crash.
 

Shoulder Pain and Car Accidents

If you suffer from shoulder pain after a car crash, you're not alone. Select Health and Wellness sees this type of condition often in our Fleming Island, FL office. What causes shoulder pain after a car crash? How can a chiropractor help?

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

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

More frequently, Select Health and Wellness finds that shoulder or arm pain doesn't immediately appear after a crash, but starts a few days or weeks after the injury. 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 pain in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've worked with both kinds of shoulder problems in our Fleming Island, FL office. This treatment involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Let us help you recover from shoulder pain. Select Health and Wellness has helped many people with the same condition, and we can probably help you, too. 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 (904) 425-9060 to make an appointment.

 

Studies Confirm that Chiropractic is Safe

Fleming Island, FL Chiropractic for familiesWe care for a large number of patients in our Fleming Island, FL clinic, and Select Health and Wellness has helped countless people manage a range of health problems. However, the primary concern that seems to prevent a lot of men and women from seeking treatment is whether or not chiropractic is safe. Well, according to three different studies (out of countless on the subject), the answer to this question is a clear: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"

Australian Study: Chiropractic is Safe

The first article(1) was published in Spine and included 183 adults. Each person reported affected by spinal pain, and half of the people received real chiropractic adjustments whereas the remaining patients received two fake chiropractic adjustments. Information was collected after each real or fake adjustment to identify whether or not any unfavorable negative effects were caused by the genuine chiropractic adjustments.

The authors reported that none of the patients documented any significant unfavorable adverse reactions at all after receiving one or two sessions of chiropractic care. Some participants did state that they got a headache (9 percent) or muscle stiffness (37%) post-treatment, but the results were not of a serious nature.

Nationwide Survey Confirms that Chiropractic is Safe

The second article(2), also published in the distinguished publication, Spine, was performed in an effort to establish the safety of chiropractic. The test group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 people. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the neck, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all patients.

Once again, the researchers found no serious negative side effects. The authors calculated the risk of total negative effects to be about 6 out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. And, just as with the first study, some volunteers did report non-serious, milder, side effects such as dizziness (16 out of every 1,000 treatment consultations and 15 out of every 1,000 treatment sessions) or a headache (4%), and this caused the researchers to determine that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."

Chiropractic Is Safe for Kids

This third study(3) is unique from the previous two reports, as it concentrates on the safety of chiropractic care for kids. In this case, researchers analyzed data reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic adjustments.

Out of 5,438 chiropractic visits made for the kids, chiropractors answering the survey reported only three cases where there were adverse side effects. When parents were questioned, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Furthermore, both chiropractors and parents reported "a high rate of improvement with respect to the children's presenting complaints."

Based on studies like these, chiropractic care has been deemed safe and effective for everyone. To find out what chiropractic can do for you, call our Fleming Island, FL office and schedule an appointment today at (904) 425-9060.

References

  1. Walker BF, Hebert JJ, Stomski NJ, Clarke BR, Bowden RS, Losco B, French SD. Outcomes of usual chiropractic. The OUCH randomized controlled trial of adverse events. Spine 2013;38(20):1723-9.
  2. Thiel HW1, Bolton JE, Docherty S, Portlock JC. Safety of chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine: a prospective national survey. Spine 2007;32(21):2375-8.
  3. Alcantara J, Ohm J, Kunz D. The safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic: a survey of chiropractors and parents in a practice-based research network. Explore NY 2009;5(5): 290-5.
 

What is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression therapy in Fleming Island, FLWe work with many back pain patients in our Fleming Island, FL chiropractic office, and Select Health and Wellness and our staff uses an assortment of techniques to help get you out of pain and restore your spine's normal, healthy function. We find spinal decompression to be an effective approach.

To help you better understand spinal decompression therapy, think of the discs in your spine like small balloons filled with jelly. When you compress them (which occurs due to normal living, sustaining an injury, or other medical conditions), they can protrude, placing pressure on the nerves in your spine. This affects your brain's ability to communicate with tissues in the rest of your body.

If the force on the discs becomes too high, they can herniate or protrude. This reduces the cushion between your vertebrae and can cause pain. The goal of spinal decompression therapy is to relieve this pressure to help improve your body's function and also reduce your level of discomfort.

Spinal decompression therapy relieves disc pressure through the use of a specially designed table that gently elongates your spinal column through slow and controlled movements. This reduces the pressure placed on your discs. Some studies report an increase in disc height by as much as 1.3 millimeters after just six weeks of treatment.

If you're wondering if spinal decompression therapy could help you feel and function better, simply call our Fleming Island, FL office and schedule an appointment with Select Health and Wellness today. Your optimal health is our number one goal!

Resources

Apfel CC, Cakmakkaya OS, Richmond C, et al. Restoration of disk height through non-surgical spinal decompression is associated with decreased discogenic low back pain: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(155). doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-155

 

Research Shows Chiropractic Adjustments Beneficial at Preventing Sports Injuries

We come across a good deal of sports injuries in our Fleming Island, FL office, and Select Health and Wellness is often able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the nearly 2 million adults hurt every year while taking part in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the necessity of minimizing these sorts of common injuries. One approach to potentially realize that goal, according to a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic care.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's likelihood of winning. One particular study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could reduce these injuries and help keep them playing.

For this study in particular, all of the volunteers received medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also engaged in chiropractic sessions at the rate of one session each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one treatment each month for the final 3 months of the study. The other half were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic care.

After 24 matches, specialists noticed a lessened number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Moreover, that same group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to dramatically lessen the quantity of leg injuries.

If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to make sure more time is dedicated on the field as opposed to on the bench, call our Fleming Island, FL office at (904) 425-9060 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!

References

  • Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
  • Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.