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What causes long-term pain after a car crash?

North St. Louis, MO auto injury treatmentOf the approximately 2 million rear-end collisions in the US every year, a substantial number of folks end up suffering from long-term pain and impairment. Some research indicates that about 20% of people are still in pain one year after a collision.

Dr. Holland sees many accident cases in our North St. Louis, MO location, and we frequently see individuals who have been struggling for many years and have not been able to find help. Dr. Holland has great success in treating these patients.

The Roots of Chronic Pain

During an accident, the tissues of your spinal column can be stretched or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and irritated and sends pain signals to the spinal cord and brain.

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

If the damage isn't treated right away, a negative cycle develops. The injured area keeps sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system reacts. This creates a feedback loop in your nervous system that researchers refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system literally becomes hypersensitive to any kind of stimulus, leading to chronic pain.

Dr. Holland is able to help this kind of problem, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that chiropractic is effective at relieving pain from auto injuries and shows that chiropractic actually has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in North St. Louis, MO and have been in a collision, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Holland a call today at (314) 588-9100 for a consultation or appointment.

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  • Stone AM, Vicenzino B, Lim EC, Sterling M. Measures of central hyperexcitability in chronic whiplash associated disorder - A systematic review and meta-analysis. Manual Therapy 2012;18(2):111-7.
March 20, 2017
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Dr. Holland

We have a long-standing track record or helping people get out of pain with chiropractic care. Whether you were injured last week, or have been suffering from chronic pain for years - It might only take one visit to our office in Downtown Saint Louis, MO to get you back on the path to everyday health.