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What causes longterm pain after a motor vehicle accident

St Louis MO Auto Injury RecoveryOf the approximately 2 million rear-end crashes in the United States annually, a significant number of folks end up troubled with chronic pain and impairment. Some studies have shown that 1 out of 5 people are still in pain a year after an accident.

Dr. Holland sees many car crash patients in our St. Louis, MO location, and we frequently see individuals who have been hurting for many years and have not been able to find relief. Dr. Holland has great success in treating these patients.

The Roots of Chronic Pain

During a collision, the ligaments of your spine can be sprained or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and inflamed and transmits pain impulses to the spine and central nervous system.

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

If the trauma isn't managed right away, a negative cycle develops. The hurt area keeps sending pain signals and each time, your central nervous system reacts. This creates a feedback loop in your nervous system that experts refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system essentially becomes hypersensitive to any kind of stimulus, causing chronic pain.

Dr. Holland is able to help this kind of issue, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows that chiropractic is successful at reducing pain from car accidents and shows that chiropractic in fact has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in St. Louis, MO and have been in a crash, 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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December 29, 2015
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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.