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Causes of Chronic Pain after Car Crashes

Gresham, OR auto injury treatmentOf the approximately 2 million rear-end crashes in the United States every year, a substantial number of folks find themselves experiencing chronic pain and disability. Some research indicates that 18% of people are still in pain a year after a crash.

Dr. Robert Ramsey sees many auto accident patients in our Gresham, OR office, and we often see individuals who have been struggling for many years and have not been able to find relief. Dr. Robert Ramsey has great success in helping these patients.

What Causes Chronic Pain after a Crash?

During a crash, the tissues of your spine can be stretched or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and irritated and transmits pain impulses to the spine and brain.

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

If the damage isn't managed right away, a negative cycle develops. The injured tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system reacts. 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 stimulus, producing chronic pain.

Dr. Robert Ramsey is able to help this kind of condition, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that adjustments are successful at relieving pain from auto collisions 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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July 03, 2017

Dr. Ramsey

Dr. Robert Ramsey and the talented team at Gresham Family Chiropractic have been providing the best chiropractic care available to patients in Gresham, OR since 1997. We treat many conditions related to back pain, neck pain, headaches, and sciatica. Dr. Ramsey also specializes in the treatment of auto accident injuries and work injuries sustained on the job.