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What causes chronic pain after a motor vehicle accident?

Redondo Beach auto injury treatmentOf the over 2 million rear-end accidents in the United States each year, a significant number of people end up troubled with long-term pain and impairment. Some studies have shown that 18% of people are still in pain 12 months after a collision.

Dr. Vinick sees many accident patients in our Redondo Beach office, and we oftentimes see patients who have been hurting for many years and have not been able to find help. Dr. Vinick has great success in treating these patients.

The Roots of Chronic Pain

During a crash, the structures of your neck and back can be stretched 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 muscle tissues in the damaged area to contract to shield the area from further damage.

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

Dr. Vinick is able to help this kind of condition, as chiropractic care is a proven way to restore the nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows that adjustments are successful 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 Redondo Beach and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Vinick a call today at (310) 375-4325 for a consultation or appointment.

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October 02, 2017