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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

If you are dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome after an auto injury, you're not alone. Dr. Robert Ramsey sees this type of condition frequently in our Gresham, OR office. Let's look at the root cause of thoracic outlet syndrome after an auto injury and see how chiropractic care can help.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of blood vessels and nerves that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These nerves and blood vessels don't have a lot of space, 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 swollen and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which restricts motion and puts stress on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or numbness in the shoulder, elbow and even the hand. 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.

Dr. Robert Ramsey is here in Gresham, OR to help you recover from thoracic outlet syndrome. We've been helping patients since 1997 and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful assessment to determine 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.

 

Back Pain and Auto Injury

Back Pain is a common problem after an auto injury, and it's something that Dr. Robert Ramsey sees frequently in our Gresham, OR office. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat back pain. Let's look at how back pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Robert Ramsey can help you.

During a rear-end auto collision, your car and car seat are quickly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your back, the car seat can put uneven force on your lower 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 motion can sprain or strain the tissues that hold your spine together. This type of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Thankfully, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

You don't have to suffer from back pain. Dr. Robert Ramsey is conveniently located in Gresham, OR to help you recover, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. Dr. Robert Ramsey will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its 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.

 

Shoulder Pain and Car Accidents

Shoulder Pain 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 shoulder pain. Let's look at how shoulder pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Robert Ramsey can help you.

There are at least two different ways that you can develop shoulder pain after a car crash: by direct trauma to the shoulder or by referred pain from the neck.

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

More commonly, Dr. Robert Ramsey finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a crash, but starts a few days or weeks after the accident. This type of shoulder discomfort actually starts in the cervical spine. Injured soft tissue in your spine can squeeze nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

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

Let us help you recover from shoulder pain. Dr. Robert Ramsey has helped many people with the same condition, 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. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (503) 667-6744 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Gresham, OR Car Accidents and Long-Term Pain

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

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury

We work with several auto injury patients in our Gresham, OR office, and a lot of these folks are struggling with chronic pain caused by an old collision. In fact, research shows that a significant proportion of rear-end accidents trigger pain and disability even ten years after the original injury.

Dr. Robert Ramsey 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 formation of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your neck and back can easily be harmed during a crash, and chiropractic works by minimizing inflammation and restoring normal movement.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're nearby our Gresham, OR office, and you've been hurt in a crash, don't wait to get attention. 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 auto accidents in the world, and a significant number of men and women end up getting hurt in a collision. While most collisions are "minor," chronic neck and back pain are still frequent health problems. The good news is that chiropractic is a great way to address these kinds of injuries.

We have helped many auto accident patients in our Gresham, OR office, and Dr. Robert Ramsey has been helping people with these types of problems since 1997. During a car accident, your body is exposed to large 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 spine together. A crash can trigger a wide range of pain issues.

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

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

Dr. Robert Ramsey, your Gresham, OR 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 recover 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 problem reported by many people after a car wreck, and it can be hard for some health practitioners to diagnose the root of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the accident.

Dr. Robert Ramsey has helped many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what produces these types of problems. During a crash, the tissues in your neck are oftentimes stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation 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 pins and needles 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 Helps TMJ Pain After an Auto Accident

Studies have shown that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms originates in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Robert Ramsey will work to restore your spine back to health, relieving the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Dr. Robert Ramsey finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.

If you reside in Gresham, OR and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Robert Ramsey can help. We've been treating 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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What causes persistent pain after a car wreck?

Gresham, OR auto injury treatmentOf the roughly 2 million rear-end collisions in the United States annually, a significant number of men and women find themselves enduring long-term pain and disability. Some research indicates that 1 out of 5 people are still in pain a year after a crash.

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

What Causes Chronic Pain after a Crash?

During an accident, the ligaments of your spine can be sprained or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and irritated and transmits pain impulses to the spinal cord and brain.

Pain tells your nervous system that something is wrong, which tells the muscle tissues in the injured area to contract to shield the area from further injury.

If the trauma isn't addressed immediately, a negative cycle develops. The hurt tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system reacts. This creates a feedback loop in your nervous system that researchers refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system literally becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulation, causing chronic pain.

We Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Chronic Pain After an Auto Accident

Dr. Robert Ramsey is able to help this kind of issue, as chiropractic care is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that adjustments are successful at relieving pain from car accidents and shows that chiropractic actually has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Gresham, OR and have been in a crash, 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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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.

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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.