A recent study of Las Vegas Car Accident reports shows very interesting discoveries. Among the many facts that were outlined, the position of a Las Vegas Accident Chiropractor makes for an engaging read. However, it is essential to know that pain that results from Car Accidents have common factors that define them. A critical analysis would help us get greater insight on this subject.
It is not out of place to state that car crashes result in chronic or long term pain. There are many reasons why these pains and complications occur. In the Human body, the neck holds many tissues that can cause pain when they misalign. The most intense pain arises from tissues which have a greater density of nerve fibers. The joint capsules and ligaments which hold the bones of the neck together can easily be affected when there is an accident. This is due to its sensitivity and its elastic nature. The dynamics that come into play when there is a rear-end collision causes whiplash injury.
Before impact, a vehicle quickly accelerates forward while the head remains in a fixed position. However, the neck experiences an extension when impact is made. This can tear the ligaments in the front of the neck. Within milliseconds, the head is propelled forward which can be awkward and leads to the injuries of the ligaments in the back of the neck. The force of the accident causes the joint capsules which hold the bones of the neck in close proximity to cave in.
The rapid movement of the head and neck (both backwards and forward) can cause neck injury. The pressure of the impact makes it unable for anyone to control the outcome; it happens within 600 milliseconds! When we brace ourselves for impact, we are unable to stop the injury to the ligaments and joint capsules due to the speed at which it occurs. Damage to the ligaments may not be picked by conventional x-ray, it takes flexion/extension x-ray or bending views methods to address it.
The Vertebra excessively shifts backwards or forward when the ligaments are damaged. The extent of ligament damage of laxity can help explain the reason when the neck pain is intense. It is important to mention that it is not every Car accident that occurs from behind. Only one-third of Car accidents occur from the rear. Available data shows that 57% of those who experience chronic neck pain were those who were involved in rear-end collisions. The study further showed that women had more ligament injuries when compared to men. The front and rear end collisions cause significant ligament injuries when weighed against side collisions.
Another reason why neck pain after a car crash can hurt so much is that the sensory input from the injured area to the brain can be intense. This leaves an imprint in the sensory portion of the nervous system. Ultimately, the area is sensitized or hypersensitive which results in lower pain threshold or higher sensitivity to pain. This can be likened to the Phantom limb phenomenon; when a leg is amputated, the brain can still feel pain even when the limb has been removed.
This has been reported to be one of the major reasons for the high constellation of systems which often comes with whiplash injuries. A partial list of associated symptoms with whiplash injuries includes losing your place during conversation, Neck pain, difficulty in handling your thought process or communicating, TMJ/Jaw pain, Memory loss, dizziness, Coordination loss and more.
Our practice has handled many cases of Whiplash injuries with very positive results. It is important to state that the rise in Las Vegas Car Accident throws up new dynamics in our field. As a leading Las Vegas Car Accident Chiropractor, we handle treatment strategies, measurement techniques and up to date x-ray requirements that keeps you covered. Chiropractors have an edge over other health care providers. It has been proven that manual therapies (such as spinal manipulation) create faster recovery rates and yield higher levels of satisfaction when compared to other forms of health care.
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