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Auto/Whiplash/Ligament Injuries

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Injuries, ugh, I can relate by having a few myself over the years. I had a shoulder injury from a barbell that took about 7 months to heal, become pain free, and regain full range of motion. I had a knee injury from playing basketball that seemed to take 10 months to fully recover. I surprisingly had a lower back injury while I was in school learning to become a chiropractor. That injury took about 2 months to rehabilitate.

Although I have not experienced an automobile injury, unless you count falling off a dirt bike motorcycle growing up, I have some personal experience as described above suffering from an injury and going through the stages of rehabilitation. Having those injuries, although not the best of experiences, has helped me to better understand how others feel when they are searching for help from their own injuries.

Speaking of auto accidents, whiplash is One of the most common injuries sustained during car accidents and often one of the hardest injuries to treat. Nearly 300,000 whiplash injuries occur each year, many at low speeds. It takes only a 2.5 mph change in speed to injure the neck.

When a part of the body is whipped back and then forward beyond its normal limits micro-tears can develop in the surrounding ligaments. Yet many accident victims don’t notice any pain at first. It’s not until the micro-tears start to swell that the symptoms set in, including: blurred vision, neck pain, headaches, dizziness, shoulder pain, reduced range of motion in the neck, arm pain, neck stiffness, low back pain, and/or numbness and tingling.

Soft tissue injuries like whiplash can take a long time to heal. One study found that more than 70% of people who visit at the emergency room after a car accident we’re still in pain six weeks later. Other researchers have noted that nearly half of whiplash suffers continue to experience symptoms three months later,while 25% remain symptomatic for six months.

Without proper treatment, some injuries can continue to cause pain for years. As soft tissue injuries heal, they develop scar tissue. if the spine is not aligned and full range of motion isn’t recovered before scarring sets in, it can ultimately inhibit normal functioning and even lead to spinal degeneration.

Soft tissue injuries may take months to fully heal, but a chiropractor can often provide pain relief much quicker than that. Some car accident victims report up to an 80% reduction in discomfort after just a few weeks of chiropractic care. The soreness and stiffness from a motor vehicle injury can inhibit movement. Chiropractors work with patients to help get them moving again as quickly as possible so they can regain full range of motion before scar tissue develops. The muscle weakness resulting from a car accident can leave patients vulnerable to re-injury. Chiropractic care often involves rehabilitative exercises that improve flexibility and strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine. Ligaments and other non-vascular types of connective tissues may take an even much longer time to recover. Having strong muscles helps to stabilize a joint or joints while the connective tissues are going through a full recovery.

Can you remember a time when you had unfortunately suffered from an injury? You could have fallen off a bicycle, lifted a heavy object, twisted a body part when running, repeatedly stressed a muscle or joint, experienced an auto accident, or been a part in many other injury related activities. Memories of an injury usually result in an everyday activity somehow being disrupted like the examples described above. Thoughts, feelings, and emotions are generally affected, inflammation is commonly found to occur, and structural changes tend to either occur right away or over time.

If you, a friend, or loved one has suffered from an injury and would like to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care, feel free to call Bowie Chiropractic to schedule a consultation, 217 359 7702. You can also click on “Bowie Chiropractic” below to go to the website for more information.

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