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What causes long-term pain after a car wreck?

North St. Louis, MO auto injury treatmentOf the roughly 2 million rear-end collisions in the United States annually, a significant number of people find themselves enduring chronic pain and impairment. Some studies have shown that 18% of people are still in pain one year after a crash.

Dr. Holland sees many auto accident cases in our North St. Louis, MO office, and we often see people who have been hurting for many years and have not been able to find help. Dr. Holland has great success in helping these patients.

The Cause of Chronic Pain

During an accident, the tissues of your spine can be sprained or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and inflamed and sends pain signals to the spine 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 injury.

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

Dr. Holland 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 adjustments are 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 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.
November 13, 2017
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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.