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How Chiropractic Can Help You Avoid Chronic Auto Injury Pain

Approximately 2.3 million people are hurt each year in motor vehicle collisions in the U.S. While most people are able to recover from their injuries fairly quickly, too many people are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Gresham, OR office. Thankfully, Dr. Robert Ramsey is here to help you heal 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 care and 93 percent of them experienced pain relief following their adjustments, even though 43 percent of whiplash sufferers overall usually never find relief. This confirms that chiropractic is a great way to avoid long-term pain after a crash.

It's important to remember that studies have also found that putting off care after a car crash can negatively affect healing time, so getting in to see Dr. Robert Ramsey immediately is key to having a quicker recovery.

Dr. Robert Ramsey has worked with many auto injury sufferers, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Gresham, OR office today for more information or an appointment.

Resources

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Gresham, OR Neck Pain and Car Crashes

If you are dealing with neck pain after a car accident, don't despair. Dr. Robert Ramsey sees this type of problem frequently in our Gresham, OR office. What causes neck pain after an auto injury? How can chiropractic help?

It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common problem experienced after an auto injury. During even a low velocity wreck, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such crashes, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the neck. The bones of your spine 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 car crash, 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 damaged area become inflamed and sore, and that's what occurs after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing movement in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps minimize scar tissue.

If you've been injured in a car crash and you're suffering from neck pain, Dr. Robert Ramsey is here to help. First, we'll do a careful examination to establish the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (503) 667-6744 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Headache and Car Crashes

Headache is a common symptom after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Robert Ramsey sees frequently in our Gresham, OR office. Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat headache. Let's look at how headache is caused by a crash and how Dr. Robert Ramsey can help you.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's triggered by a car accident, though, typically begins as tension or strain in the muscles of the cervical spine. In a crash, the neck muscles can be torn, which results in inflammation and pain. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.

Another frequent cause of headache after a collision that we see in our Gresham, OR office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is very common after a crash, and it's important to get care for this type of problem to avoid the creation of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat headaches, including those caused by car crashes. Your chiropractic doctor will help reduce the inflammation and tension in your neck, which will help ease the headache pain.

Dr. Robert Ramsey is here in Gresham, OR to help you recover from headache. We've been helping patients since 1997 and we can probably help you, too. Dr. Robert Ramsey will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (503) 667-6744 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common symptom after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Robert Ramsey sees often in our Gresham, OR office. The key to recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These nerves and blood vessels don't have a lot of room, so they pass under and between the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a collision, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become inflamed and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which limits movement and puts pressure on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or numbness in the shoulder, elbow and even the wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Gresham, OR Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Robert Ramsey will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.

If you've been injured in a car crash and you're suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome, Dr. Robert Ramsey is here to help. First, we'll do a careful examination to establish the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (503) 667-6744 to make an appointment.

 

Back Pain and Car Crashes

We work with many car accident cases in in our Gresham, OR office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is back pain. Let's see why back pain is frequently experienced after an auto injury and see how your chiropractor can help you heal.

During a rear-end auto collision, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your body. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your back, the car seat can put inconsistent force on your back. This can cause some of your spinal vertebrae to move in one direction while an adjacent vertebrae might move in another direction. This differential movement can sprain or strain the ligaments that hold your spine together. This kind of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated promptly. Thankfully, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're suffering from back pain, Dr. Robert Ramsey is here to help. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (503) 667-6744 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Shoulder Pain and Car Accidents

If you have shoulder pain after a car accident, don't despair. Dr. Robert Ramsey sees this type of problem frequently in our Gresham, OR office. Let's look at the root cause of shoulder pain after an accident and see how your chiropractor can help.

There are at least two different ways that you can get shoulder problems after an accident: by direct trauma to the shoulder or by referred pain from the neck.

Direct injury can be caused by hitting your shoulder on a hard surface in the car during the crash, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end impact. With this type of injury, you'll usually be aware of the pain shortly after the crash.

More frequently, Dr. Robert Ramsey finds that shoulder or arm pain doesn't immediately appear after a crash, but starts a few days or weeks after the injury. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the cervical spine. Injured muscles or ligaments in your spine can pinch nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've treated both types of shoulder pain in our Gresham, OR office. This care involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

If you've been injured in a car crash and you're suffering from shoulder pain, Dr. Robert Ramsey is here to help. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Call us today at (503) 667-6744 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Gresham, OR Auto Accidents and Long-Term Pain

Gresham, OR auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in Gresham, OR and you've been in a car crash, you need 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 several auto injury sufferers in our Gresham, OR office, and several of these people are dealing with chronic pain caused by an old collision. In fact, research shows that a significant proportion of rear-end collisions can cause pain and disability even ten years after the initial trauma.

Dr. Robert Ramsey is here to help you avoid developing chronic pain by helping to restore the natural function of your spine soon after a motor vehicle accident.

The most common causes of chronic problems are reduced mobility of your spine and the formation of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your spine can easily be injured during a collision, and chiropractic works by minimizing inflammation and restoring normal motion.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're close to our Gresham, OR office, and you've been hurt in a crash, don't wait to get care. Dr. Robert Ramsey is here for you. Give us a call today at (503) 667-6744 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Gresham, OR Chiropractic Auto Injury Treatment

Gresham, OR auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. Robert RamseyEvery year, there are millions of car crashes in the world, and a significant number of people end up getting injured in a crash. While most collisions are "minor," chronic spine pain are still frequent health issues. The good news is that chiropractic care is a very good way to treat these kinds of injuries.

We have treated many auto injury patients in our Gresham, OR office, and Dr. Robert Ramsey has been helping people with these types of injuries since 1997. During a car wreck, your body is exposed to powerful forces that it simply wasn't built to deal with. These forces put strain and stress on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can cause damage to the ligaments that hold your spinal column together. A crash can cause a wide range of pain issues.

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

Dr. Robert Ramsey Can Help Clients Recover From an Auto Injury

Dr. Robert Ramsey, your Gresham, OR chiropractor, can help by reducing 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. Discover more about how we can help you recover here or call Dr. Robert Ramsey today at (503) 667-6744.

 

Gresham, OR TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Gresham, OR TMJ Treatment by Dr. Robert RamseyJaw pain is a fairly typical condition reported by many people after a car wreck, and it can be tough for some physicians to diagnose the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the original injury.

Dr. Robert Ramsey has treated many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are often stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, irritation of the nerves can cause pain in other parts of your body.

For instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or numbness in the arm or hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a collision are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Dr. Robert Ramsey sees this very commonly in our Gresham, OR office.

Research Proves Chiropractic Lessens TMJ Pain After an Auto Accident

Research indicates that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms originates in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Robert Ramsey will work to return your spine back to health, alleviating the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Dr. Robert Ramsey finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.

If you live in Gresham, OR and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Robert Ramsey can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1997, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (503) 667-6744 for an appointment or consultation.

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Causes of Chronic Pain after Auto Injuries

Gresham, OR auto injury treatmentOf the roughly 2 million rear-end crashes in the US every year, a substantial number of people find themselves suffering from long-term pain and disability. Some studies have shown that about 20% of people are still in pain one year after a collision.

Dr. Robert Ramsey sees many accident cases in our Gresham, OR office, and we frequently see patients who have been struggling for many years and have not been able to find help. Dr. Robert Ramsey has great success in treating these patients.

The Cause of Chronic Pain

During an accident, the tissues of your spine can be stretched or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and inflamed and sends pain signals to the spinal cord and brain.

Pain tells your central nervous system that something is wrong, which tells the muscles in the injured area to contract to shield the area from further harm.

If the injury isn't treated immediately, a negative cycle develops. The injured tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system responds. This creates a feedback loop in your nervous system that experts refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system actually becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulation, producing chronic pain.

Dr. Robert Ramsey is able to help this kind of problem, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows that chiropractic is effective at reducing pain from car accidents and shows that chiropractic in fact has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Gresham, OR and have been in a collision, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Robert Ramsey a call today at (503) 667-6744 for a consultation or appointment.

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