At AZ ChiroCare we specialize in treating patients that have been involved in a motor vehicle accident.
MVA’s create a significant amount of damage that can occur at the “soft tissue” level. The whiplash injury to the neck, or cervical sprain/strain, is by far the most common injury that results from a car accident. Sprains and strains are referred to as soft tissue injuries (soft tissue includes muscles, tendons, and ligaments).
Soft tissue injuries, can cause severe debilitating pain after a car accident. And because ligaments and tendons are injured, the real pain and discomfort takes a few weeks to show up. Worse yet, if a soft tissue injury is not specifically addressed, and left unresolved, the effected muscles and other soft tissues can end up causing chronic pain indefinitely in addition to a diminished range of spinal motion.
The standard medical approach to these injuries often amounts to nothing more than suppressing the symptoms with pain-killers and Non Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), leaving the injured muscles to hopefully heal on their own. This method of care may give temporary relief, but it does not resolve the underlying problem in the long term. In a MVA; pain is the last symptom to show up from a problem, and the first thing to go away once proper care is acquired.
Injured muscles heal with scar tissue in a way that leaves them weaker, less elastic, and prone to re-injury and pain. The scar tissue is placed in specific areas to allow you to heal, but it is an unorganized process.
If you have been involved in an accident, call us today to learn more about the damage and the type of care you need now and especially your future.