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Chronic Pain, Car Crashes, and Chiropractic

Sacramento auto injury recoveryOver 2 million people are injured each year in motor vehicle collisions in the U.S. While most people are able to recover from their injuries fairly easily, many are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Sacramento office. Thankfully, Dr. Armstrong is here to help you recover from your auto injury.

Research Proves 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 individuals diagnosed with chronic whiplash pain. 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 long-term pain after an auto injury.

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

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Pain After a Car Collision

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

Sources

  • Association for Safe International Road Travel. Retrieved from http://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics
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Sacramento Neck Pain and Auto Injury

We treat many car accident cases in our Sacramento office, and a typical symptom our patients report is neck pain. If you have neck pain after an auto injury, don't worry. Dr. Armstrong sees this type of condition very often in our Sacramento office. Neck pain is a common symptom after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Armstrong sees frequently in our Sacramento office. What causes neck pain after a car crash? How can chiropractic help? Why is neck pain such a common condition after a car accident? How can your chiropractor help you heal? Let's see why neck pain is frequently experienced after an auto injury and see how chiropractic care can help you recover. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after an auto injury and see how chiropractic care can help. 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. Chiropractic care can be very helpful for neck pain symptoms after a crash. Let's examine what causes neck pain and why chiropractic works. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat neck pain. Let's look at how neck pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Armstrong can help you.

It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom experienced after a car crash. Even in a car wreck, your head is rapidly thrown back and forth, so it's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom from this type of injury. The neck is exposed to very high stresses and strains during a crash, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low speed collision, your head is exposed to very rapid acceleration. In such crashes, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts a severe strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your spine 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 wreck, 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 injured tissues become 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 minimize scar tissue.

Dr. Armstrong Can Help People Find Comfort From Neck Pain & Help You Recover Quicker

You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Armstrong is conveniently located in Sacramento to help you heal, whether you've been in a car crash or not. If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're suffering from neck pain, Dr. Armstrong is here to help. Dr. Armstrong has been helping patients in Sacramento since 1990, so we know what you're suffering from. We're here to help you, too. Let us help you recover from neck pain. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Next, 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. Dr. Armstrong will determine what's causing your pain and then will work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441 to make an appointment.

 

Headache and Auto Injury

If you are suffering from headache after a car accident, you're not alone. Dr. Armstrong sees this type of condition frequently in our Sacramento office. What causes headache after a car crash? How can chiropractic help?

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's caused by an auto injury, 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 soreness. These types of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the forehead.

Another common cause of pain after a collision that we see in our Sacramento office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is quite common after a crash, and it's important to get treatment for this type of problem to prevent the creation of scar tissue.

Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those brought about by auto injuries. Your chiropractic doctor will help reduce the inflammation and tension in your neck, which will help relieve the headache pain.

Dr. Armstrong is here in Sacramento to help you recover from headache. We've been helping patients since 1990 and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to figure out the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441 to make an appointment.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common problem after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. Armstrong sees frequently in our Sacramento office. What causes thoracic outlet syndrome after a car crash? How can a chiropractor help?

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

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

Sacramento Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

Let us help you recover from thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Armstrong has helped many people with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment plan of action. Call us today at (916) 483-8441 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Back Pain and Auto Injury

We work with many car accident cases in in our Sacramento office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is back pain. Why is back pain such a common symptom after a car accident? How can your chiropractor help you get better?

During a rear-end motor vehicle accident, your car and car seat are quickly accelerated forward against your body. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curve of your spine, the seat can put inconsistent pressure on your lower 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 motion can sprain or strain the structures that hold your spine together. These types of injuries can cause chronic back pain if not treated promptly. Thankfully, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Let us help you recover from back pain. Dr. Armstrong has helped many people with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (916) 483-8441 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Shoulder Pain and Car Crashes

We treat many car accident cases in in our Sacramento office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is shoulder pain. What causes shoulder pain after an auto collision? How can chiropractic help?

There are at least two different ways that you can get shoulder problems after an accident: by direct trauma to the shoulder or by referred pain from the neck.

Direct injury can be caused by striking your shoulder on a hard surface in the car during the impact, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end collision. With this type of trauma, you'll often be aware of the pain soon after the crash.

More frequently, Dr. Armstrong finds that shoulder or arm pain doesn't immediately appear after a crash, but starts a few days or weeks after the trauma. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the neck. Injured ligaments or muscles in your neck can tweak 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 Sacramento office. This treatment involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Armstrong is here in Sacramento to help you recover from shoulder pain. We've been helping patients since 1990 and we can probably help you, too. Dr. Armstrong 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 (916) 483-8441 to make an appointment.

 

Sacramento Back Pain Treatment

Sacramento back pain treatment by Dr. ArmstrongMost of us suffer from back problems at some point in our lives. Experts estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Dr. Armstrong and our talented staff see many back pain cases in our Sacramento office, and we've found that chiropractic care is an effective way to not only help you heal from back pain, it's also a great way to prevent future problems.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Back Pain

A recent article from the University of Utah verifies what our Sacramento patients have experienced: your Sacramento chiropractor is the best first option for an event of back pain.

In this paper, 747 participants were treated for low back pain. Each patient was assessed based on the first person they sought treatment with, whether it was a primary care physician, a chiropractor, or a physiotherapist.

What the researchers discovered is that the men and women who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgeries.

Other studies have found the same results. A 2012 study found that chiropractic patients had the best functional recovery and pain relief for chronic back pain.

Chiropractic works by restoring the natural, pain-free function of your spine. Dr. Armstrong and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.

Dr. Armstrong Can Help People Find Relief From Back Pain

If you live near our Sacramento office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441 for an appointment.

Reference

Fritz JM, Kim J, Dorius J. Importance of the type of provider seen to begin health care for a new episode of low back pain: associations with future utilization and costs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015(Sep 29).

Cecchi F, et al. Predictors of functional outcome in patients with chronic low back pain undergoing back school, individual physiotherapy or spinal manipulation. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2012;48:371-8.

 

Prevent Back Surgery with Chiropractic

Sacramento Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryEach year, over 500,000 people have back surgery in the US. Although sometimes it's necessary to have back surgery, the reality is that if you can prevent this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Dr. Armstrong is here to make sure that patients in Sacramento have a healthy, non-surgical option for back pain. We've helped many people heal from back pain without the need for surgery.

There are plenty of reasons to avoid unnecessary medical treatments: Surgeries often result in a longer recovery time and complications, neither of which is a desirable scenario. Luckily, as one study has found, chiropractic may actually keep you off the surgeon's table entirely.

Research Proves Chiropractic Care Helps Avoid Back Surgery

In this paper, 1,885 workers with back injuries were examined over a three year period. When the workers first sought care with a surgeon, over 42 percent wound up having back surgery. For those who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!

These findings imply that chiropractic care can help you heal from back pain without surgical treatments.

If you live in the Sacramento area, Dr. Armstrong can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441 for more information or an appointment.

Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, et al. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine 2013;38(11):953-964.

 

Lumbar Pain and the SI Joint

We help a large number of patients with back pain in our Sacramento office, and Dr. Armstrong has noticed that many cases of back pain originate in the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Research has revealed that roughly one quarter of all back pain starts out in the SI joint, and now fresh research confirms what we see in our clinic: chiropractic is an effective method for treating this pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Treatment Helps Increase Movement in the SI Joint

In the study released in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, thirty-two women who suffered from sacroiliac joint dysfunction were split into two groups and asked to engage in one of two treatment methods. The first group was given a chiropractic adjustment only at the sacroiliac joint, and the alternate group got an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Researchers found significantly more improvements in both pain and movement immediately following treatment, two days post-treatment, and 30 days after for the group who underwent high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This suggests that chiropractic treatment administered in these two areas offers both short term and lasting benefits for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even with only one treatment session.

Therefore, if you are having trouble with sacroiliac joint pain, or live with back and leg pain and want to know whether your sacroiliac joint is the source, a consultation at our Sacramento office could be the first—and best—step towards feeling better. Give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441.

Kamali F, Shokri E. The effect of two manipulative therapy techniques and their outcome in patients with sacroiliac joint syndrome. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2012;16(1):29-35.

 

How to Avoid Surgery for Back Pain

Although some people are still hesitant about chiropractic, even the American Medical Association (AMA) recommends that adjustments should be tried prior to surgical treatment--the one option that should be a last resort.

Dr. Armstrong has seen many back pain patients in our Sacramento office who have been in pain for years and who are afraid that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. Armstrong has had great success in helping patients recover and avoid risky back surgery, and the science backs up our experience.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps You Avoid Risky Surgery

For example, in one study carried out on almost 2,000 Washington State workers who suffered from a back injury while on the job, more than 40% who saw a surgeon first following their injury found themselves having back surgery within three years. That compares to just 1.5% of the people who first sought treatment with chiropractic care, demonstrating that this non-invasive approach is very effective at keeping you off the operating table.

Dr. Armstrong Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Back Pain Without Surgery

There are alternatives to risky medical procedures. Chiropractic is a proven effective and safe way to improve the function of your spine, which is the root cause of back pain. Dr. Armstrong has helped many patients in Sacramento recover. Give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441 for an appointment.

Reference

Goodman DM, Burke AE, Livingston. Low Back Pain. The Journal of the American Medical Association 2013;309(16);1738.

Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, et al. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine 2013;38(11):953-964.