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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome After a Car Crash

Thoracic outlet syndrome is experienced as numbness, tingling, soreness or decreased blood flow in the shoulders, arms or hands.

The thoracic outlet is a bottleneck where an important bundle of nerves and blood vessels pass between the head and arm. The space is tight and trauma to the neck can cause swelling of the muscles in the area, which can then constrict the nerves and result in symptoms.

Because the neck is a very complex area, it can be tricky to pinpoint the precise origin of your pain, and other disorders can imitate the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.

If you've been in a motor vehicle accident and have symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, Dr. Holland is here to help. We can help identify the underlying cause of your pain and formulate a complete plan of action to help you reclaim your health. We've helped many patients in St. Louis, MO improve from these sorts of injuries since and we might be able to help you, as well!

Call our office today at (314) 588-9100 for a consultation or for more advice.

 

St. Louis Auto Injury Treatment and Neck Pain

Neck soreness is the most widespread symptom disclosed after a car crash, and it's not tough to see why. Dr. Holland in St. Louis, MO has been treating patients with neck pain from car accidents since .

During a wreck, your torso moves with the car seat while your head lags behind due to inertia. It is this difference in motion that results in injury.

Your spinal column is prone to sprain and stress from shear forces that come from the head and body shifting in different directions. This shearing movement can stretch or tear the ligaments and discs of your spine, causing pain, irritation and scar tissue. Seeking early chiropractic care, is essential for preventing chronic pain, particularly because of the elevated risk of ongoing symptoms in individuals with whiplash.

Research has found that up to twenty percent of individuals can have neck pain symptoms even ten years after the collision.

If you've been hurt in a collision, chiropractic adjustments might be able to help. Research shows that chiropractic can help restore neck range of motion and prevent scar tissue from forming after an injury. And other studies show that early treatment can also help preclude the development of chronic pain.

If you've been in a crash and have signs of neck pain, Dr. Holland is here for you. We can identify the underlying source of your pain and formulate a plan of action to support you in restoring your health. We've helped many people in St. Louis, MO recover from these types of problems since .

Call our office today at (314) 588-9100 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Early Intervention After an Auto Injury

In the aftermath of a car wreck, it's typical for people to wait to get treatment. The vast majority of people think, "I'll just wait to see how I feel next week." This mindset can be a mistake.

A number of scientific studies show that when a person gets quick treatment after a crash, they have a better end result than those people who wait to get care.

During a crash, the structures of your neck can be stretched or damaged. You might not feel soreness right away. But as the tissues become irritated and inflamed, patients often wake up the next day sore and with a stiff neck.

Pain and stiffness are indicators of damage to the ligaments and muscular tissues of your spine. The human body's reaction to injury is to limit movement and to heal the injury by sending white blood cells to the region. Your body will then start mending the injured area by laying down scar tissue.

The problem with scar tissue is that each segment in your neck has a fairly restricted range of motion. Scar tissue reduces that motion even more, and if you don't receive proper chiropractic care, that can result in permanently limited range of motion, persistent pain, and even spinal deterioration of the joints.

Getting early treatment will break up this pattern by enhancing movement in the damaged region and by protecting against the formation of scar tissue.

If you've been in a crash, it's important that you see a health care professional without delay to be examined and to begin the process of healing.

If you've been in a car crash, Dr. Holland is here in St. Louis, MO to help. We can work to establish the root source of your pain and formulate a plan of action to help you restore your health. We have helped many people in St. Louis, MO improve from these sorts of problems since and we may be able to help you, too!

Call our office today at (314) 588-9100 for an appointment or for more advice.

 

St. Louis, MO Whiplash Treatment - Neck Artery Injury

During a motor vehicle accident, your head can be very rapidly and violently whipped around. This movement can injure many assorted areas of your neck, including the arteries that supply your brain.

The vertebral blood vessels are especially vulnerable, because they literally travel through the cervical vertebrae.

When your neck is whipped, the arterial blood vessels can be twisted or stretched out, damaging the lining of the vessels. This can cause swelling or tearing, and in some circumstances, can obstruct the circulation of blood.

Signs or symptoms of vertebral artery damage can be felt as a soreness in the rear of the head that gets worse over time, and it can be on either side of the head or in the center. In some cases the pain is felt as aching, and occasionally it might feel like a build-up in pressure or a pulsating feeling.

If you have these warning signs, it's essential that you get professional attention promptly.

If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, Dr. Holland is here to help. We can help establish the root cause of your problem and develop a treatment plan to help you reclaim your health. We have helped many people in St. Louis, MO recover from these sorts of problems.

Call our office today at (314) 588-9100 for an appointment or for more advice.

 

St. Louis, MO Whiplash Treatment and Back Pain

Many people say they experience back problems after a motor vehicle accident. It's a common problem we see in our St Louis office.

A 2002 study conducted by scientists at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine examined the biomechanics of lumbar spine injuries from car wrecks and found that the car seat is most likely the root cause in these types of injuries.

Your spine has an innate curved structure that absorbs jolts and stress and also permits freedom of movement.

There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of different styles of car seats with different forms, coverings, stiffnesses and geometries. If your carseat doesn't accommodate your spinal column precisely, the violent acceleration of the carseat during a wreck can cause some segments of your spinal column to shift much more than other parts.

This shearing action can stretch or tear the ligaments of your spine, producing discomfort, inflammation, scar tissue, nerve injury, and even long-term damage.

Chiropractic care is a tried and tested, effective way to help people with back pain, and we've been working with back pain patients in St. Louis, MO since .

If you have been in an auto collision and have symptoms of back pain, Dr. Holland is here to help. We can help identify the root cause of your problem and formulate a treatment plan to help you reclaim your health. We've helped many patients in St. Louis, MO improve from these types of problems.

Call our office today at (314) 588-9100 for a consultation or for more advice.

 

Radiating Pain After Whiplash Injury

Radicular pain, or radiating pain, is caused by interference or squeezing of the spinal nerves. This leads to pain, tingling, or numbness in parts of your body far from the real source of the problem.

If your spine is injured during a auto collision, there are a number of things that can affect the nerves.

Injured ligaments and muscles can cause swelling of the nerve root, which can affect the function of the nerve. If a spinal disk is injured, it can cause the disk to bulge or herniate, compressing the nerve. And if the vertebral joints start to calcify, it can trigger spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the channel that the spinal nerves travel through.

The key element to managing radicular pain is to identify the precise source of the problem causing the impingement and then work to alleviate the stress on the nerve.

If you've been in a crash and have signs of radicular pain, Dr. Holland is here to help. We can help identify the underlying source of your problem and formulate a plan of action to help you restore your health. We've helped many people in St. Louis, MO heal from these sorts of problems.

Call our St. Louis, MO office today at (314) 588-9100 for an appointment or for more information.

 

St. Louis Whiplash Therapy and Shoulder Pain

We see many auto injury patients in our St Louis office, and shoulder soreness is a problem experienced by many car wreck patients. There are two common causes that we see regularly.

The first is direct damage to the shoulder during the wreck. If your shoulder hits something directly, it can injure the joint capsule. Also, if you are gripping the steering wheel tightly during a rear-end crash, your torso can lag behind the car, placing tension on your wrists and shoulders.

The second cause of shoulder pain is not so direct and can be tougher to diagnose. Trauma to the neck or back can produce pressure on the nerves that travel from the spine to your shoulder, arm, and hands. This can be baffling, as the painful sensation or numbness is experienced in one part of your body, while the problem is actually in your spine.

Chiropractic is a proven, effective way to help men and women with shoulder pain, and we've been helping these types of injuries in St. Louis, MO since .

If you've been in a car wreck and have signs of shoulder injury, Dr. Holland is here to help. We can help pinpoint the underlying cause of your pain and formulate a plan of action to help you reclaim your health. We have helped many patients in St. Louis, MO recover from these sorts of injuries.

Call our office today at (314) 588-9100 for a consultation or for more advice.

 

How Chiropractic Relieves Pain

We see many patients in our St Louis office who are suffering from acute or chronic pain, and we've found that our chiropractic approach is very successful and getting people relief.

Your body contains roughly 60 different chemicals and each one is responsible for very different functions and regulatory actions. For instance, calcium helps your muscles contract and potassium regulates your heartbeat. Sodium controls the balance of water in your system and fluorine protects your teeth against decay. There are also four chemicals associated with management of pain, and a study published in Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy has found that chiropractic promotes almost all of them.

For purposes of this study, researchers chose thirty participants who weren’t actively in any sort of pain to see what effect chiropractic treatments had on their levels of neurotensin, oxytocin, orexin A, and cortisol—the four chemicals that impact how much pain a person feels. The subjects were separated into three different groups: ten engaged in cervical spinal manipulation (chiropractic involving the neck area), ten received thoracic spinal manipulation (manipulation to the discs and vertebrae in the middle and upper back), and the final ten subjects were the control group, so they received no spinal manipulation therapy whatsoever. Researchers drew each individual’s blood prior to, immediately after, and two hours post-treatment to determine the starting levels of neurotensin, oxytocin, orexin A, and cortisol, as well as to note any changes that may occur.

Immediately upon conclusion of the spinal manipulation sessions, researchers found “significantly higher” levels of both neurotensin and oxytocin in the participants who received either form of spinal manipulation. Cortisol levels increased only for the subjects who engaged in cervical spinal manipulation, and orexin A levels were unaffected by the chiropractic treatments entirely.

These findings suggest that engaging in regular chiropractic care can help your pain on a cellular level by changing the chemical makeup of your body. Not to mention, regular spinal manipulations also work to correct the spinal issue that is causing the pain in the first place. This makes chiropractic an effective two-prong approach to pain management.

If you're in pain, chiropractic care can help. We've helped hundreds of patients with auto injury pain, sciatica, back pain, neck pain, and more. Give our St Louis office a call today at (314) 588-9100 for an appointment or more information.

Plaza-Manzano G, Molina F, Lomas-Vega R, et al. Changes in biochemical markers of pain perception and stress response after spinal manipulation. Journal Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2014;44(4):231-9.

 

Should I Use Chiropractic for Whiplash?

If you were transported to the Emergency Room after a car accident, and prescribed pain killers or muscle relaxants, you may be wondering, “If this is all the relief I can get?"

The answer is no.

Chiropractic could be the best solution for you, and here's why:

When your head is “whipped” back and then thrust forward, there are delicate structures in your neck that have been through some trauma. The forces in the collision can overstretch the ligaments and muscles or displace your spinal vertebrae and discs. This may knock, pull or push the vertebrae out of place, or herniate a disc. This is the primary reason why chiropractic for whiplash is an excellent idea.

The vertebrae may have rotated as well – and all the medication in the world won’t de-rotate the vertebrae back into place. Only the hands of a chiropractor can do that. When there’s trauma in the area plus a misalignment, the inflammation will continue until the misalignment is remedied. This is why many people who don’t receive chiropractic for whiplash continue to feel the pain, stiffness, lack of motion in their neck, and headaches they felt after the car accident.

When you do see your St. Louis chiropractor for whiplash, one thing to remember is that you should feel better and better with each successive treatment. Your chiropractic treatment may be three treatments the first week or more depending on your individual case. Dr. Holland will determine how many appointments your body will need to promote maximum healing; the number of appointments depends on the seriousness of the condition.

Call our office in St. Louis, MO today to jumpstart your recovery from whiplash.

 

Chiropractic Cuts Headache by 50%

Cervicogenic headaches, or headaches that originate in the neck, are usually more than a little bothersome. Not only do they cause you a decent amount of pain, but they can also reduce your quality of life – especially if you start avoiding certain events or activities you used to love due to the hurt. Fortunately, according to a study published in The Spine Journal, relief may be just a few chiropractic visits away.

Researchers took 80 people who suffered with regular, chronic cervicogenic headaches and split them up into two groups, with some individuals participating in eight weeks of light massage and the rest receiving spinal manipulation therapy for the same amount of time. Then each group was split yet again with some members receiving treatment once a week and others receiving double that amount, or twice a week sessions, totaling 16 visits all together.

Individuals treated by a chiropractor were more likely to see a 50% improvement in the amount of pain they were experiencing. They also experienced a 50% reduction in headache frequency compared to the group who had light massage. Additionally, the gains experienced by the subjects who received 16 chiropractic adjustments were only slightly higher than those who received eight adjustments.

So if you’re suffering from cervicogenic headaches and want to find relief, call us at Accident & Pain Relief of St. Louis. We’ll do what it takes to help you feel better!

Reference

Haas M, et al. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal. 2010; 10: 117-128.