What causes chronic pain after a car crash?
Of the roughly 2 million rear-end accidents in the United States every year, a substantial number of people find themselves suffering from long-term pain and impairment. Some research shows that 1 out of 5 people are still in pain 12 months after a collision.
Dr. Banc sees many auto injury patients in our Stamford, CT location, and we frequently see people who have been struggling for many years and have not been able to find help. Dr. Banc has great success in treating these patients.
The Roots of Chronic Pain
During an accident, the structures of your neck and back can be sprained or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and irritated 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 damage.
If the damage isn't managed right away, a negative cycle develops. The damaged area keeps sending pain signals and each time, your central nervous system reacts. This produces a feedback loop in your nervous system that experts refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system basically becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulus, leading to chronic pain.
Dr. Banc is able to help this kind of condition, as chiropractic care is a proven way to restore the nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows that adjustments are successful at reducing pain from car accidents and shows that chiropractic actually has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.
If you live in Stamford, CT and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Banc a call today at (203) 323-3002 for a consultation or appointment.
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