What causes long-term pain after a car crash?

Corvallis auto injury treatmentOf the over 2 million rear-end crashes in the US each year, a significant number of men and women find themselves experiencing chronic pain and impairment. Some studies have shown that about 20% of people are still in pain one year after a crash.

Dr. Lach sees many accident patients in our Corvallis location, and we frequently see patients who have been hurting for many years and have not been able to find help. Dr. Lach has great success in helping these patients.

The Roots of Chronic Pain

During a collision, the tissues of your spine can be stretched or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and inflamed and sends pain signals 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 protect the area from further damage.

If the trauma isn't managed right away, a negative cycle develops. The damaged tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system reacts. This brings about a feedback loop in your nervous system that specialists refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system essentially becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulation, producing chronic pain.

Dr. Lach is able to help this kind of condition, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore the nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that chiropractic is successful at reducing pain from auto collisions and shows that chiropractic actually has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Corvallis and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Lach a call today at (541) 754-1947 for a consultation or appointment.

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    Our practice focuses on the treatment of AUTO INJURIES, HERNIATED & BULGING DISCS of the Neck and Low Back. These conditions can result in Chronic Low Back & Neck Pain, Sciatica, Numbness & Tingling and Headaches. It is very important after an auto injury to be evaluated for spinal misalignment and dysfunction, muscle damage and ligament damage. If not treated properly and on a timely basis, you may be left with a lifetime of pain and disability.