Car Accident Injury: How Do My Injuries Heal?
Our goal in treating you for your car crash injuries is two-fold: To alleviate your current symptoms of pain and restricted movement, and more importantly, to help prevent more problematic long-term symptoms related to untreated soft tissue damage.
Are You Healing Correctly?
The old adage that “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact is that what you don’t know will absolutely hurt you. For example, studies have shown that up to 30% of people that have been in motor vehicle accidents will suffer long-term negative health effects. In fact, an astounding 50% of all neck pain sufferers attribute their pain to a car crash sometime in their life.
So, why does this happen and how can you prevent yourself from becoming one of these statistics? In order to answer these questions, let me explain how your injuries heal, and what we can do to help you heal properly.
How Soft Tissue Heals
All injuries will heal over time, but it is the way in which they heal that is critical to your present and future well-being. Let me explain. There are two types of tissue in the body; hard and soft. The hard tissues are the bones or skeletal system. The soft tissues are everything around the bones; muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, nerves, and skin. Both hard and soft tissue injuries require proper medical intervention in order to heal correctly. For example, let’s say you break your arm (demo show broken arm). This is a hard tissue injury. Did you know that you don’t have to do a single thing to that bone to make it heal? The body will heal it all by itself. However, without proper treatment, your bones will heal in a very disorganized way, and as a result, your arm won’t function correctly and you will have problems with it for the rest of your life. If, on the other hand, you have a doctor reset your bones and put your arm in a cast, (crack demo), then your bones will heal in an organized way and will function correctly long into the future.
Soft tissues need help in order to heal in an organized way. Soft tissues are highly organized, and if you look at them microscopically, they look like this (demo inter digitized fingers). Prior to an injury, they easily slide back and forth allowing you to move your extremities and your head and neck without pain (move head and neck around). Then, following an injury such as a car crash, bam (fist to palm slap) your soft tissues become disrupted and (criss-cross of fingers) are now like the broken bone (show broken wrist). Once again, the soft tissues can heal themselves without outside help. But, just like broken bones, without proper treatment, your soft tissues will heal in a very disorganized way resulting in scar tissue leading to chronic pain and dysfunction. Improper or inadequate care will cause a disorganized healing process and will lead to future problems that are much more serious including: chronic headaches, chronic neck pain, chronic back pain, degenerative disc disease, joint disease, osteoarthritis, post traumatic fibromyalgia or trauma induced chronic fatigue syndrome.
We have the experience!
We have extensive experience in treating motor vehicle injuries and we want to help you heal properly. Our primary goal is to get you out of pain as quickly as possible. We will help your body with an organized healing process, helping you avoid future complications from your injuries. Our multi-disciplinary approach has been proven to be highly effective in restoring you to proper health. Your initial care will include interim medical exams by a licensed physician with medical intervention as necessary, therapeutic massages by a licensed therapist. Physical therapy will promote circulation to your injured tissues. Gentle chiropractic adjustments will release the stress off your spine and help restore normal function. Lastly we will ease you into exercises to strengthen the weakened spinal tissues that were injured. Independently, all of these treatments are effective, but collectively they are proven to be incredibly more valuable, ensuring a complete and thorough recovery.
Make an appointment now to begin a healthy healing process and receive a free consultation by one of our highly trained professionals.