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Causes of Chronic Pain after a Car Crash

Boardman neck pain and headache treatmentOver 2 million people are hurt every year in car accidents in the U.S. While most people are able to recover from their injuries relatively quickly, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Boardman office. Fortunately, Dr. Sansone is here to help you recover from your auto injury.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps Prevent Chronic Pain After an Auto Accident

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was conducted on 28 men and women diagnosed with chronic whiplash syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments and 93 percent of them experienced improvements following their adjustments, even though 43 percent of whiplash sufferers overall usually never find relief. This confirms that chiropractic care is a great way to avoid chronic pain after an auto injury.

It's important to remember that research has also found that delaying treatment after a car crash can negatively affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Sansone at the earliest opportunity is key to having a speedier recovery.

We Can Help Patients Find Relief From Pain After a Car crash

Dr. Sansone has helped many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Boardman office today for more information or an appointment.

References

  • 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.
 

How Safe is Chiropractic?

Boardman Chiropractic for familiesWe care for a large number of patients in our Boardman office, and Dr. Sansone has helped many people eliminate a range of health challenges. However, the primary issue that seems to prevent some women and men from pursuing care is whether or not chiropractic is safe. Luckily, according to three separate studies (out of many on the issue), the answer to this concern is a resounding: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"

Chiropractic is Safe, According to Australian Study

The first study(1) was published in Spine and included 183 adults between the ages of 20 and 85. Each participant was suffering from spine-related pain, and half of the patients received real chiropractic adjustments while the other half were given two fake chiropractic treatments. Data was collected after each real or fake adjustment to determine if any undesirable negative effects were caused by the genuine chiropractic treatments.

The doctors reported that no participants reported any significant adverse side effects in any way after receiving one or two sessions of chiropractic. Some individuals did report that they had a headache (9 percent) or muscle stiffness (about 1 out of 3) after treatment, but the results were not serious.

Large US Survey Confirms that Chiropractic Care is Safe

A second study(2), also published in the important journal, Spine, was performed in an attempt to determine the safety of chiropractic care. The study group was much larger -- 20,000 patients. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all study participants.

Again, the investigators found no serious negative side effects. The authors computed the risk of total adverse reactions to be about 6 out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. Plus, just as with the previous study, some people did report non-serious, milder, unwanted effects such as dizziness (less than 2%) or a headache (4%), and this prompted the authors to determine that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."

Chiropractic Adjustments are Safe for Kids

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

Out of 5,438 chiropractic appointments made for the young children, chiropractors responding to the survey documented only three cases where there were negative side effects. When parents were surveyed, 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 these three studies (and many more!), chiropractic care has been judged safe and effective for everyone. To learn what chiropractic care can do for you, call our Boardman office and make an appointment today at (330) 758-2353.

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.
 

Shoulder Pain and Auto Injury

If you have shoulder pain after an auto collision, you're not alone. Dr. Sansone sees this type of problem frequently in our Boardman office. Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat shoulder pain. Let's look at how shoulder pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Sansone can help you.

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 radiating pain from the neck.

Direct injury can be caused by striking your shoulder on a hard object in the car during the impact, 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 often be aware of the pain shortly after the crash.

More commonly, Dr. Sansone finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a crash, but starts a few days or weeks after the accident. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the cervical spine. Injured ligaments or muscles in your neck can squeeze nerves in your neck, causing tingling, numbness, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've worked with both kinds of shoulder problems in our Boardman office. This approach involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Sansone is here in Boardman to help you recover from shoulder pain. We've been helping patients since 1970 and we can probably 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. Give our office a call today at (330) 758-2353 to make an appointment.

 

Boardman Neck Pain and Auto Injury

Neck pain is a common condition after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Sansone sees often in our Boardman office. The key to recovering from neck pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.

Your neck is subjected to very high stresses and strains during an auto collision, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low velocity crash, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such crashes, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts a serious strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your neck 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 damaged tissues gets inflamed and tender, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps decrease scar tissue.

If you've been injured in a car crash and you're struggling with neck pain, Dr. Sansone is here to help. 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. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (330) 758-2353 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Headache and Auto Injury

Headache is a common problem after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Sansone sees frequently in our Boardman office. Let's look at the root cause of headache after an auto injury and see how your chiropractor can help.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's caused by a car crash, though, typically begins as tension or strain in the muscles of the cervical spine. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be damaged, which causes swelling and pain. 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 Boardman office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that start 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 prevent the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat headaches, including those brought about by car crashes. Dr. Sansone can help reduce the irritation and tension in your neck, which will help ease the headache pain.

You don't have to suffer from headache. Dr. Sansone is conveniently located in Boardman to help you get better, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. Dr. Sansone will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (330) 758-2353 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

If you suffer from thoracic outlet syndrome after an auto collision, don't despair. Dr. Sansone sees this type of condition very often in our Boardman office. Chiropractic care 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. Sansone can help you.

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

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

Boardman Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're experiencing thoracic outlet syndrome, Dr. Sansone is here to help. Dr. Sansone will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (330) 758-2353 to make an appointment.

 

Back Pain and Auto Injury

If you have back pain after an auto collision, don't worry. Dr. Sansone sees this type of problem very often in our Boardman office. Let's look at the root cause of back pain after an auto injury and see how chiropractic care can help.

During a rear-end motor vehicle accident, your car and car seat are rapidly 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. This kind of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated promptly. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Let us help you recover from back pain. Dr. Sansone has helped many patients with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to determine the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (330) 758-2353 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

How Chiropractic Can Help You Avoid Chronic Auto Injury Pain

Over 2 million people are injured each year in car accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to recover from their injuries fairly easily, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and impairment. We see many of these patients here in our Boardman office. Fortunately, Dr. Sansone is here to help you heal 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 treatment and 93 percent of them found 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 chronic pain after an auto injury.

It's important to remember that studies have also found that delaying treatment after a car crash can adversely affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Sansone as soon as possible is key to having a quicker recovery.

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

References

  • 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.