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What causes long-term pain after a car wreck?

Lancaster, OH auto injury treatmentOf the approximately 2 million rear-end accidents in the United States every year, a significant number of men and women end up enduring long-term pain and impairment. Some research indicates that about 20% of people are still in pain 12 months after an accident.

Dr. Maynard sees many auto injury cases in our Lancaster, OH office, and we regularly see patients who have been hurting for many years and have not been able to find help. Dr. Maynard has great success in treating these patients.

The Roots of Chronic Pain

During a crash, the structures of your spine can be stretched or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and inflamed and sends pain impulses to the spinal cord and central nervous system.

Pain tells your body that something is wrong, which tells the muscle tissues in the damaged area to contract to shield the area from further injury.

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

Dr. Maynard is able to help this kind of problem, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows 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 Lancaster, OH and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Maynard a call today at (740) 687-0100 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 auto accidents in the U.S. While most people are able to recover from their injuries relatively quickly, others are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Lancaster, OH office. Fortunately, Dr. Maynard is here to help you recover from your auto injury.

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was carried out on 28 men and women diagnosed with chronic whiplash pain. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments 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 a crash.

It's important to note that studies have also found that putting off treatment after a car crash can negatively affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Maynard at the earliest opportunity is key to having a speedier recovery.

Dr. Maynard has worked with many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Lancaster, OH office today for more information or an appointment.

References

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Lancaster, OH Neck Pain and Car Accidents

If you suffer from neck pain after an auto collision, you're not alone. Dr. Maynard sees this type of condition very often in our Lancaster, OH office. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after an auto injury and see how your chiropractor can help.

Your neck is subjected to very high stresses and strains during a crash, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low velocity car crash, your head is exposed to very rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts an extreme 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 collision, 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 injured tissues gets inflamed and sore, and that's what happens after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing mobility in the injured region, which helps the ligaments heal and helps minimize scar tissue.

Dr. Maynard has been helping patients in Lancaster, OH since 1974, 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 approach. Give our office a call today at (740) 687-0100 to make an appointment.

 

Headache and Auto Injury

Headache is a common problem after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Maynard sees frequently in our Lancaster, OH office. Let's look at why headache is commonly experienced after an auto collision and see how your chiropractor can help you get better.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's triggered by a car accident, though, usually begins as tension or strain in the muscles of the neck. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be damaged, 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 pain after a crash that we see in our Lancaster, OH 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 treatment 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. Your chiropractic doctor will help reduce the swelling and strain in your neck, which will help relieve the headache pain.

You don't have to suffer from headache. Dr. Maynard is conveniently located in Lancaster, OH to help you get better, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. Dr. Maynard will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (740) 687-0100 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Auto Injury

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common symptom after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Maynard sees often in our Lancaster, OH office. Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome. Let's look at how thoracic outlet syndrome is caused by a crash and how Dr. Maynard can help you.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels 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 muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If damaged, the muscles become swollen and sore, 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.

Lancaster, OH Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

Dr. Maynard has been helping patients in Lancaster, OH since 1974, so we know what you're going through. We're here to help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to figure out the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (740) 687-0100 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Back Pain and Car Crashes

We treat many auto injury cases in in our Lancaster, OH office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is back pain. Why is back pain such a common condition after a car accident? How can your chiropractor help you get better?

During a rear-end motor vehicle accident, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your body. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your spinal column, 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 ligaments that hold your spine together. These types of injuries can cause chronic back pain if not treated promptly. Thankfully, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

You don't have to suffer from back pain. Dr. Maynard is conveniently located in Lancaster, OH to help you heal, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to figure out the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (740) 687-0100 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

Many people report back pain after a car crash.
 

Shoulder Pain and Auto Injury

If you have shoulder pain after an auto collision, you're not alone. Dr. Maynard sees this type of condition frequently in our Lancaster, OH office. Your chiropractor can be very helpful for shoulder pain symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes shoulder pain and why chiropractic works.

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

Direct injury can be caused by hitting 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 collision. With this type of injury, you'll usually be aware of the pain shortly after the crash.

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

We've treated many types of shoulder pain in our Lancaster, OH office. This process involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

You don't have to suffer from shoulder pain. Dr. Maynard is conveniently located in Lancaster, OH to help you recover, whether you've been in a car crash or not. First, we'll do a careful examination to establish the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (740) 687-0100 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

You'll Miss Fewer Days of Work with Chiropractic Care

Lancaster, OH Worker Injury Treatment and RecoveryWhen you're trying to support your family, take care of your home, and pay all of your bills on time, every day at work counts. Work injuries can be a serious problem for many people, and we see many of these types of injuries in our Lancaster, OH office. Dr. Maynard appreciates your situation and is here to help.

The advantages of chiropractic for work injuries are well-established. A 2013 survey involving 651 adults who were suffering with either back or neck pain found that the men and women who didn't see a chiropractor missed work at twice the rate of those who were seeing a chiropractor.

So, why don't more people use chiropractic care?

According to the participants in this report, two of the primary factors were that they thought they needed a referral for chiropractic care (which is typically no longer true) and they overestimated the costs associated with chiropractic treatment sessions by almost 70 percent.

The truth is, chiropractic patients actually spend less on care than medical patients, plus they are less likely to use drugs for their symptoms.

If you live in Lancaster, OH and you've been injured at work, we can help. Give our office a call today at (740) 687-0100 for an appointment.

Resources

"Thousands of Minnesotans with Back and Neck Pain Don't Seek Treatment." (2013, June 12). ChiroCare.