What causes chronic pain after a car crash?

Tulsa auto injury treatmentOf the roughly 2 million rear-end collisions in the United States each year, a significant number of people end up suffering from chronic pain and disability. Some studies have shown that about 20% of people are still in pain 12 months after a collision.

Alliance Chiropractic sees many auto injury patients in our Tulsa location, and we oftentimes see individuals who have been suffering for many years and have not been able to find help. Alliance Chiropractic has great success in treating these patients.

The Roots of Chronic Pain

During an accident, the tissues of your spine can be sprained or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and irritated and transmits pain signals to the spinal cord and central nervous system.

Pain tells your central nervous system that something is wrong, which tells the muscles in the injured area to contract to shield the area from further trauma.

If the trauma isn't addressed immediately, a negative cycle develops. The hurt tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your central nervous system reacts. This creates a feedback loop in your nervous system that specialists refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system basically becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulation, leading to chronic pain.

Alliance Chiropractic is able to help this kind of issue, as chiropractic care is a proven way to restore the nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows that chiropractic is 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 Tulsa and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Alliance Chiropractic a call today at (918) 832-7880 for a consultation or appointment.

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