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What causes long-term pain after a car crash?

Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota auto injury treatmentOf the roughly 2 million rear-end collisions in the United States each year, a significant number of folks end up dealing with chronic pain and impairment. Some studies have shown that 18% of people are still in pain 12 months after a crash.

Robert C Slater, DC sees many auto accident cases in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office, and we frequently see patients who have been struggling for many years and have not been able to find help. Robert C Slater, DC has great success in helping these patients.

The Roots of Chronic Pain

During a crash, the ligaments 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 body that something is wrong, which tells the muscle tissues in the injured area to contract to protect the area from further injury.

If the injury isn't treated right away, a negative cycle develops. The injured area keeps sending pain signals and each time, your central nervous system reacts. This brings about a feedback loop in your nervous system that experts refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system basically becomes hypersensitive to any kind of stimulation, causing chronic pain.

Robert C Slater, DC is able to help this kind of issue, as chiropractic care is a proven way to restore the nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that chiropractic is effective at relieving pain from car accidents and shows that chiropractic in fact has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Robert C Slater, DC a call today at (651) 699-3366 for a consultation or appointment.

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October 02, 2017
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