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Nashville Car Accidents and Chronic Pain

Nashville auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in Nashville and you've been in a car crash, you have to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury

We work with a lot of auto injury patients in our Nashville office, and a lot of these people are dealing with chronic pain caused by an old crash. In fact, research shows that a significant proportion of rear-end accidents lead to pain and disability even ten years after the initial injury.

Sweeney Chiropractic is here to help you avoid developing chronic symptoms by helping to restore the healthy function of your spine soon after a collision.

The most frequent causes of chronic pain are reduced flexibility of your spine and the development of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your neck and back can easily be damaged during a collision, and chiropractic care works by decreasing inflammation and restoring normal movement.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're nearby our Nashville office, and you've been injured in a collision, don't wait to get treatment. Sweeney Chiropractic is here for you. Give us a call today at (615) 331-7040 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Nashville Chiropractic Auto Accident Treatment

Nashville auto injury recovery and treatment by Sweeney ChiropracticEvery year, there are millions of auto accidents in the world, and a significant number of people end up getting hurt in a collision. While most accidents are "minor," chronic back and neck pain are still common health issues. The good news is that chiropractic care is a great way to address these kinds of injuries.

We've treated many auto injury patients in our Nashville office, and Sweeney Chiropractic has been treating people with these types of injuries since 2004. During a car wreck, your body is exposed to large forces that it simply wasn't built to deal with. These forces place strain and stress on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can cause damage to the ligaments that hold your spine together. A collision can result in a vast array of pain symptoms.

A ligament tear in the neck can cause pain, swelling, and radicular symptoms in the arm and hand. Chiropractic care works well for these types of problems, because chiropractic concentrates on restoring the healthy function and mobility of the injured areas.

Sweeney Chiropractic Can Help Clients Recover From an Auto Accident

Sweeney Chiropractic, your Nashville chiropractor, can help by decreasing inflammation in the injured area and can help decrease the creation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.

You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Learn more about how we can help you get well here or call Sweeney Chiropractic today at (615) 331-7040.

 

Nashville TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Nashville TMJ Treatment by Sweeney ChiropracticJaw pain is a fairly typical condition experienced by many people after a car wreck, and it can be hard for some physicians to find the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, many times you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after a crash.

Sweeney Chiropractic has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what causes these types of problems. During a crash, the tissues in your neck are commonly stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause issues in other parts of your body.

For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or numbness in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured area, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a collision are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Sweeney Chiropractic sees this very often in our Nashville office.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps TMJ Pain After an Auto Injury

Research shows that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Sweeney Chiropractic will work to restore your spinal column back to health, alleviating the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Sweeney Chiropractic has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.

If you reside in Nashville and you've been hurt in a crash, Sweeney Chiropractic can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2004, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (615) 331-7040 for an appointment or consultation.

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What causes persistent pain after a motor vehicle accident?

Nashville auto injury treatmentOf the roughly 2 million rear-end accidents in the United States each year, a substantial number of folks end up experiencing chronic pain and disability. Some research indicates that 18% of people are still in pain 12 months after a crash.

Sweeney Chiropractic sees many car crash patients in our Nashville office, and we regularly see individuals who have been suffering for many years and have not been able to find relief. Sweeney Chiropractic has great success in helping these patients.

The Roots of Chronic Pain

During a collision, the ligaments of your spine can be stretched or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and irritated and transmits pain impulses to the spinal cord and central nervous system.

Pain tells your central 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 injury isn't treated right away, a negative cycle develops. The hurt 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 basically becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulation, leading to chronic pain.

Sweeney Chiropractic is able to help this kind of condition, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore the nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that adjustments are successful at reducing pain from auto collisions and shows that chiropractic in fact has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Nashville and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Sweeney Chiropractic a call today at (615) 331-7040 for a consultation or appointment.

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Lumbar Pain and the SI Joint

We see a large number of people with back pain in our Nashville office, and Sweeney Chiropractic has noticed that quite a few cases of back pain stem from the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation shows that roughly 25% of all back pain begins in the SI joint, and now fresh research corroborates what we see in our clinic: chiropractic is an effective way to treat this issue.

In the study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, thirty-two women who suffered from sacroiliac joint syndrome were separated into two groups and asked to take part in one of two treatment methods. one group went through a chiropractic adjustment only at the sacroiliac joint, and the other group had an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Specialists observed greater improvements in both pain and movement immediately after treatment, two days post-treatment, and 30 days later for the individuals who underwent high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This demonstrates that chiropractic therapy applied to these two areas offers both prompt and lasting results for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even with only a single treatment round.

So, if you are dealing with sacroiliac joint pain, or live with back and leg pain and want to see if your sacroiliac joint is the source, a consultation at our Nashville office may be the first—and best—step towards recovery. Give our office a call today at (615) 331-7040.

Kamali F, Shokri E. The effect of two manipulative therapy techniques and their outcome in patients with sacroiliac joint syndrome. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2012;16(1):29-35.

 

Chronic Pain, Car Crashes, and Chiropractic

Approximately 2.3 million people are hurt every year in automobile accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to recover from their injuries relatively easily, too many people are left to deal with chronic pain and impairment. We see many of these patients here in our Nashville office. Thankfully, Sweeney Chiropractic is here to help you recover from your auto injury.

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was carried out on 28 people diagnosed with chronic whiplash syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments and 93 percent of them experienced improvements following their adjustments, even though 43 percent of whiplash sufferers overall usually never find relief. This confirms that chiropractic care is a great way to avoid chronic pain after an auto injury.

It's important to remember that studies have also found that putting off treatment after a car crash can negatively affect healing time, so getting in to see Sweeney Chiropractic at the earliest opportunity is key to having a speedier recovery.

Sweeney Chiropractic has helped many auto injury sufferers, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Nashville office today for more information or an appointment.

Resources

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AMA Recommends Chiropractic Before Surgery

Although some people are still skeptical about chiropractic, even the American Medical Association (AMA) suggests that adjustments should be tried prior to surgery--the one option that should be a last resort.

Sweeney Chiropractic has seen many back pain patients in our Nashville office who have been suffering for years and who are afraid that they might need an operation for their back pain. Sweeney Chiropractic has had great success in helping patients recover and avoid risky surgery, and the science backs up our experience.

For example, in one study carried out on almost 2,000 Washington State workers who suffered from a back injury while on the job, more than 42% who saw a surgeon first following their injury found themselves having back surgery within three years. That compares to just 1.5% of the people who first sought treatment with chiropractic, showing that this natural approach is extremely effective at keeping you off the operating table.

There are options to risky medical procedures. Chiropractic is a proven effective and safe way to improve the function of your spine, which is the root cause of back pain. Sweeney Chiropractic has helped many patients in Nashville recover. Give our office a call today at (615) 331-7040 for an appointment.

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Nashville Neck Pain and Auto Injury

If you are dealing with neck pain after a car crash, you're not alone. Sweeney Chiropractic sees this type of problem frequently in our Nashville office. What causes neck pain after a car crash? How can chiropractic care help?

The neck is exposed to very high stresses and strains during an auto collision, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low velocity car crash, your head is subjected to extremely rapid acceleration. In such crashes, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your neck are held together with strong bands of tissue called ligaments, and these ligaments provide stability for your neck. These ligaments can be sprained during a wreck, just as the ligaments in your ankle can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.

When you experience a sprained ligament, the injured area become inflamed and painful, and that's what happens after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing movement in the injured region, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.

Let us help you recover from neck pain. Sweeney Chiropractic has helped many people with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. Sweeney Chiropractic will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (615) 331-7040 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Nashville Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Nashville headache care by Sweeney ChiropracticWe know how difficult chronic headache pain can be. Sweeney Chiropractic and our staff have worked with many patients in our Nashville chiropractic practice, and we've had great success in helping people reduce their headache pain.

A 2016 research paper confirms what we see in our office. In this study, the authors started with 110 people who were suffering with headache pain that originated in the cervical spine. 58 of these patients were given a series of neck adjustments; 52 were given some stretches and exercises. The treatment period for both groups was four weeks.

The study found that the individuals who received cervical and thoracic spinal adjustments "experienced significantly greater reductions in headache intensity, disability, headache frequency, headache duration, and medication intake as compared to the group that received mobilization and exercise."

The study also found that these results were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat headache, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Sweeney Chiropractic a call today at our Nashville office at (615) 331-7040. We're here to help get out of pain.

Citation

Dunning JR, Butts R, Mourad F, Young I, et al. Upper cervical and upper thoracic manipulation versus mobilization and exercise in patients with cervicogenic headache: a multi-center randomized clinical trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016;17(1):64.

 

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our Nashville office, Sweeney Chiropractic has helped several people recover from back problems. If you suffer from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take drugs to reduce the pain. You should know that studies have shown that chiropractic care is usually a much healthier choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this common type of pain.

In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 subjects who had experienced back pain for at least two days. Each individual was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 people, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 patients received fake chiropractic adjustments and the real drug. The third group of 25 individuals acted as the control as those individuals engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.

Both of the groups that received some form of treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the drug diclofenac, fared better than the control patients who had no real care. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the people who received chiropractic had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug.

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps enhance healing without adverse effects. For example, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health issues. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's designed to resolve the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the symptoms.

If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Make an appointment in our Nashville office with Sweeney Chiropractic today at (615) 331-7040. We'll help relieve your back problems in a healthy way!

References

von Heymann WJ, Schloemer P, Timm J, Muehlbauer B. Spinal high-velocity low amplitude manipulation in acute nonspecific low back pain: a double-blind randomized controlled trial in comparison with diclofenac and placebo. Spine 2013;38(7):540-548.