Causes of Chronic Pain after Car Crashes
Of the over 2 million rear-end collisions in the United States annually, a significant number of folks end up suffering from long-term pain and impairment. Some research shows that about 20% of people are still in pain one year after a crash.
Dr. Kohler sees many car crash cases in our Bridgeville, PA location, and we frequently see patients who have been hurting for many years and have not been able to find help. Dr. Kohler has great success in treating these patients.
The Roots of Chronic Pain
During a crash, the structures of your spine can be sprained or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and irritated and transmits pain signals to the spine and brain.
Pain tells your nervous system that something is wrong, which tells the muscles in the damaged area to contract to shield the area from further damage.
If the trauma isn't addressed immediately, a negative cycle develops. The injured tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system responds. This brings about a feedback loop in your nervous system that researchers refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system basically becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulation, triggering chronic pain.
Dr. Kohler 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 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 Bridgeville, PA and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Kohler a call today at (412) 257-3228 for a consultation or appointment.
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