Causes of Chronic Pain after Auto Injuries

North County, St. Louis, MO auto injury treatmentOf the roughly 2 million rear-end collisions in the US each year, a substantial number of people end up dealing with long-term pain and disability. Some research shows that about 20% of people are still in pain one year after a collision.

Dr. Mark Holland sees many accident cases in our North County, St. Louis, MO office, and we oftentimes see individuals who have been struggling for many years and have not been able to find help. Dr. Mark Holland has great success in treating these patients.

The Roots of Chronic Pain

During a crash, the tissues of your spinal column can be stretched or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and irritated and transmits pain impulses to the spine and brain.

Pain tells your nervous system that something is wrong, which tells the muscles in the injured area to contract to shield the area from further damage.

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 produces a feedback loop in your nervous system that experts refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system basically becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulus, causing chronic pain.

Dr. Mark Holland is able to help this kind of issue, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that adjustments are effective at reducing pain from car accidents and shows that chiropractic actually has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in North County, St. Louis, MO and have been in a collision, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Mark Holland a call today at (314) 867-8888 for a consultation or appointment.

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