How to Get Relief for Chronic Back and Neck Pain Caused by Car Accidents
Auto accidents affect us at any age. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, approximately seven to eight million people are in a motor vehicle crash each year. Over three million of these will suffer whiplash. Whiplash results from a crash where there the neck has undergone flexion-extension injuries. Of these three million, over 300,000 will have permanent disability. Their lives will be forever affected.
Arthritis resulting from car accidents
Even without suffering disability, one condition very common to these accidents is arthritis. Arthritis is defined as joint inflammation. Many of us have been told we have arthritis in our spine and think there is nothing we can do about it. Osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis, leads to deterioration of the joint cartilage and disks. Also, bone spurs begin to show up after this final degeneration or when the arthritic process is underway. Osteoarthritis damages the weight bearing joints like the hips, knees, and predominantly, the spine.
Alignment of the spine can help diminish spinal degeneration
Motor vehicle crashes will frequently speed up the process of arthritis. Again, in the spine, we call this process spinal degeneration. Spinal degeneration can be dealt with by immediately aligning the joints of the spine which will diminish the fast rate of spinal degeneration. When we do nothing about whiplash, we often see symptoms persist or show up later like chronic pain. Some patients have ongoing neck pain with arm pain or numbness, headaches, and often shoulder cramping pain. I have very often seen patients also suffer low back pain with chronic muscle tightness severely affecting the quality of their lives.
Secondary symptoms from vehicle crashes
Sadly, the research shows there are secondary symptoms associated with vehicle crashes, namely, allergies, respiratory disorders, hypertension, and cardiac and digestive disorders. The thyroid or energy function in the body may also be affected. Who would have thought that an old accident could cause your neck and low back degeneration some of these secondary symptoms?
Non-invasive treatments help reduce chronic pain
This information is meant to educate you that even if you are feeling okay after an accident, you should make an appointment with your chiropractor. Your chiropractor is trained to evaluate whether or not you sustained whiplash or any other injuries from the accident. At Wagner Chiropractic, we use gentle, noninvasive chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy/physical therapy procedures, massage therapy, and sometimes acupuncture treatments to help our patients. As a result, patients usually see reduction of chronic pain and decrease in prescription drug usage or expensive surgery.
Limit the arthritis and pain in your body
Whether you haven't had an accident in years or you were in a fender bender a couple of months ago, don't wait to start putting motion into rigid and fixated joints. You can limit the amount of arthritis in your body by not letting it continue. It is vital to have a consultation with your chiropractic physician so he or she may tailor a safe and effective plan for you.