Humans are not designed to withstand the forces of car accidents.  Until the last century, humans were not involved in such high velocity movements that could damage the cervical spine.

  • Residual symptoms: Continue to be on the lookout for symptoms weeks and months after the initial injury.  This is because the brain is still healing after the event and can take several weeks or months after the initial accident.  Although people can have a wide array of different signs after the incident, there are a few examples to look out for including: spontaneously impaired or altered cognition, dizziness, nausea and forgetfulness.
  • Biochemical vs Biomechanical:  Biochemical has to do with the medicine given to a patient to help with the pain and symptoms of the trauma.  This can help help the person to deal with the initial trauma but does not address the underlying problem with the individual.
    • Biomechanical deals with the structure of the body including organs and positions that can be the root cause of the discomfort and pain.  Using positional changes, a therapist can address the structural changes after the car accident.  For example, after the accident the person might feel that their neck is sore.  A few days later their neck feels stiff.  Using a combination of massage therapy techniques that address the muscles surrounding the cervical spine, the therapist can add relief to the area.  Along with massage therapy, Rockville MD chiropractic adjustments might be appropriate to realign the vertebra which is main issue of the individual.  Patients sometimes use both approaches throughout the recovery process.
  • Proprioceptive feedback:  After an accident, a person might feel discomfort in several positions, such as trying to lie on a pillow and tilt their head in different positions.  With the therapist manually creating specific positions of the head it can help the person to address possible problem areas of the cervical spine with mobility and stability.  After the accident the person might be in pain in certain positions due to active range of motion (voluntary movement of the person).  Having the therapist perform passive range of motion can help the body move into a range of motion that would be restricted by the reflexive areas of pain if the person tried to move their neck by themselves.  Also creating a fuller range of motion can help them regain a sense of balance and comfortability as well as gradual strength back to the area.  With feedback, the patient becomes more aware of possible positions that could be affecting healing.
  • Potential long term symptoms can occur if untreated or if only treated with medicine.  The phrase ‘use it or lose it’ applies to this area as well.  If the person decides to avoid using the affected area, atrophy (or loss of muscle) can occur which eliminates support for the person’s neck.  Less support leads to compensation from other muscles in the area and can cause increased headaches and pain in the affected area.  Remember, medicine can help subdue pain or block pain, but it doesn’t help find the genesis of the issue.

Having chronic pain creates a vicious cycle that can cause postural problems, but with a blended approach to treatment, you may be able to get relief from pain after a motor vehicle accident.

On top of the physical relief, you may be able to seek financial compensation as well, if you injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. Contact a personal injury lawyer today to find out how he or she may be able to help you seek compensation for things like:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

A personal injury lawyer may be able to help you get the the compensation you deserve!

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