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We work with many auto injury cases in in our Chesapeake office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is thoracic outlet syndrome. Let's look at the root cause of thoracic outlet syndrome after a car accident and see how your chiropractor can help.
The thoracic outlet is a bundle of blood vessels and nerves that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These vessels don't have a lot of space, so they travel underneath and through the strong bands of muscles that support your head.
In a collision, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become inflamed and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which limits movement and puts pressure on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or numbness in the shoulder, elbow and even the wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.
Chesapeake Thoracic Outlet Treatment
Chiropractic can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Block will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.
Dr. Block has been helping patients in Chesapeake since 1993, so we know what you're suffering from. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Block will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (757) 436-5428 to make an appointment.
If you are suffering from back pain after a car crash, don't worry. Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic sees this type of problem very often in our Chesapeake office. Let's take a look at why back pain is commonly experienced after an auto injury and see how chiropractic can help you heal.
During a rear-end car crash, your car and car seat are quickly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your spinal column, the car seat can put inconsistent pressure on your back. This can cause some of your spinal vertebrae to move in one direction while an adjacent vertebrae might move in another direction. This differential movement can sprain or strain the structures that hold your spine together. This type of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Thankfully, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.
Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic is here in Chesapeake to help you recover from back pain. We've been helping patients since 1993 and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to establish the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (757) 436-5428 to make an appointment.
Many people report back pain after a car crash.
Of the over 2 million rear-end collisions in the United States annually, a significant number of folks find themselves experiencing chronic pain and disability. Some studies have shown that 1 out of 5 people are still in pain 12 months after a collision.
Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic sees many auto injury patients in our Chesapeake office, and we regularly see people who have been struggling for many years and have not been able to find relief. Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic has great success in treating these patients.
The Cause of Chronic Pain
During a collision, the structures of your spine can be stretched or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and irritated and sends pain impulses to the spinal cord and brain.
Pain tells your body that something is wrong, which tells the muscle tissues in the damaged area to contract to shield the area from further injury.
If the trauma isn't treated immediately, a negative cycle develops. The injured tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system responds. This creates 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, causing chronic pain.
Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic is able to help this kind of problem, as chiropractic care is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows that chiropractic is effective at relieving pain from auto injuries and shows that chiropractic in fact has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.
If you live in Chesapeake and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic a call today at (757) 436-5428 for a consultation or appointment.
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Neck pain is a common problem after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic sees frequently in our Chesapeake office. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat neck pain. Let's look at how neck pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic can help you.
Your neck is subjected to very high forces during a car accident, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low speed car crash, your head is subjected to extremely rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your spinal column are held together with strong bands of tissue called ligaments, and these ligaments provide stability for your neck. These ligaments can be sprained during a car crash, just as the ligaments in your ankle can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.
When you experience a sprained ligament, the damaged area become swollen and sore, and that's what occurs after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing movement in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps decrease scar tissue.
You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic is conveniently located in Chesapeake to help you recover, whether you've been in a car crash or not. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Call us today at (757) 436-5428 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.
Over 2 million people are injured each year in auto accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to heal from their injuries relatively easily, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and impairment. We see many of these patients here in our Chesapeake office. Fortunately, Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic is here to help you heal from your auto injury.
The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was conducted on 28 individuals diagnosed with chronic whiplash pain. Each participant received chiropractic treatment and 93 percent of them experienced improvements following their adjustments, even though 43 percent of whiplash sufferers overall usually never find relief. This confirms that chiropractic care is a great way to avoid chronic pain after a crash.
It's important to remember that studies have also found that putting off treatment after a car crash can negatively affect healing time, so getting in to see Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic as soon as possible is key to having a speedier recovery.
Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic has helped many auto injury sufferers, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Chesapeake office today for more information or an appointment.
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We treat many car accident cases in in our Chesapeake office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is shoulder pain. Let's look at the root cause of shoulder pain after an auto injury and see how chiropractic care can help.
There are at least two ways that you can develop shoulder problems after an accident: by direct injury to the shoulder or by referred pain from the neck.
Direct injury can be caused by hitting your shoulder on a hard object in the car during the crash, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end impact. With this type of trauma, you'll often be aware of the pain shortly after the wreck.
More frequently, Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a collision, but begins a few days or weeks after the injury. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the cervical spine. Injured soft tissue in your neck can tweak nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.
We've worked with both kinds of shoulder problems in our Chesapeake office. This process involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.
If you've been injured in a car crash and you're experiencing shoulder pain, Dr. David N. Block Family Chiropractic is here to help. First, we'll do a careful assessment to figure out the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (757) 436-5428 to make an appointment.