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Causes of Chronic Pain after a Car Crash

Gresham, OR auto injury treatmentOf the over 2 million rear-end collisions in the US annually, a substantial number of folks end up troubled with long-term pain and disability. Some studies have shown that 18% of people are still in pain a year after an accident.

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

The Cause of Chronic Pain

During a crash, the tissues of your spinal column can be stretched or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and irritated and transmits pain impulses to the spinal cord and central nervous system.

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

If the injury isn't managed right away, a negative cycle develops. The damaged area keeps sending pain signals and each time, your central nervous system reacts. This produces a feedback loop in your nervous system that specialists refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system basically becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulation, causing chronic pain.

Dr. Robert Ramsey is able to help this kind of issue, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows that chiropractic is successful at reducing 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 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.

  • Ferrari R. A prospective study of the 1-year incidence of fibromyalgia after acute whiplash injury. Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Disease 2015; doi:10.1136/rmdopen-2014-000007.
  • Stone AM, Vicenzino B, Lim EC, Sterling M. Measures of central hyperexcitability in chronic whiplash associated disorder - A systematic review and meta-analysis. Manual Therapy 2012;18(2):111-7.
 

In Touch February Newsletter

Dr. Ramsey’s
“In Touch”
~ February~
PATIENT NEWSLETTER

Who Needs A Hug?

Dear Patient,

“Brothers don’t shake hands…Brothers gotta’ HUG!”, or so goes the famous line from one of my favorite comedies, Tommy Boy.  Truth be told, I don’t think there are many days that go by that I don’t use at least one line from that movie.  Haven’t seen it?  One recommendation if you’re planning on renting it: be prepared for frequent restroom breaks, as you may laugh so hard that you have an “accident”.

I thought that would be fitting with the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday.  With all of the candies and chocolates and deliciousness going around during the holiday, I came across this poem that pretty much sums it all up:

 

Sweet Mystery

For Valentines Day
My husband, so sweet
Bought hand made chocolates
For me as a treat
In a flower covered box
Came the delicious confection
But I am at a loss to answer
A most curious question
How can two pounds of chocolates
So delicious on the lips
Manage in just one night
To put 5 lbs on my hips!


     Now that you've smiled at least once today, it's your turn to give this newsletter to someone you want to bring a smile to (maybe even a chuckle.) Give this newsletter to everyone you know.

          

  Washington's Birthday is the official name designated to what many of us know as President's Day. During the month of February the birthday of two of our greatest Presidents takes place: both George Washington, who was born on Feb. 22nd and Abraham Lincoln, born on Feb. 12th.

However, Washington's birthday has been publicly celebrated since he was in office, before Abraham Lincoln was even born. Much of the debate over the name of the holiday springs from the fact that states can follow their own holidays how they see fit and many of them choose to also honor Lincoln, calling the celebration President's Day.

It was in 1968 that the term President's Day came up for legal consideration in the Congress but was shot down, though the holiday was moved to fall between the two President's birthdays. Again in the 1980's there was a resurgence of the term with advertisers which solidified the holiday name in American culture. Today, few Americans prefer to call the holiday Washington's Birthday in lieu of President's Day.


 

Avoid the Big-Time Corporate Heart Attack

By Al Sears, MD

   You probably know that Enron CEO Ken Lay's life was cut short by a heart attack. His doctors knew he had heart disease. In fact, he had suffered several heart attacks before the one that killed him ... and he'd been taking statin drugs to lower his cholesterol for years.

   Statin drugs work by blocking the body's production of cholesterol. This lowers total cholesterol - not just "bad" LDL cholesterol but also "good" HDL cholesterol. And to avoid developing heart disease - even to reverse damage that's already been done - HDL is key.

   HDL can reduce your risk of heart disease regardless of your LDL levels. The Framingham study (the most reliable and unbiased source of data for heart disease risk) shows that if your HDL is high enough, your LDL will have no negative impact on your heart health. In fact, if your HDL is above 85, you are at no greater risk of heart disease if your total cholesterol is 350 than if it's 150.

Here are four natural ways to increase your HDL:

1. Exercise in intervals - at progressively higher intensity as you get used to it - for 20 minutes every other day. TAKE IS SLOW!

2. Eliminate trans-fats from your diet. Cut out breaded/fried foods, commercially baked crackers and cookies, and anything containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable or soybean oil.

3. Increase your omega-3 fatty acids by adding fish oils, avocados, nuts, olives, and eggs to your diet.

4. Add fresh garlic to your meals as often as possible.


Your Health is your Most Important ASSET.

Take IT seriously.
 

We Do!


 

What’s Your Sign?

     Born between January 20th and February 19th, the Aquarius has strong character and personality. They are capable of dealing and solving unexpected problems.

     They are wonderful team players. They are said to have no romantic skill and they are not interested in the games of dating. However, an Aquarius is a straightforward person. It is a fact that an Aquarius is not only logical but also practical, in dealing with issues pertaining to personal or official life.

Aquarius Greatest Strength: Your eclectic way of seeing things

Aquarius Possible Weakness: Know-it-all attitude puts others of

   Pisceans were born between February 20th and March 20th. "Understanding" is a most appropriate keyword for this gentle, affectionate sign. Easygoing and generally accepting of others around them, the Pisces are often found in the company of a variety of different personalities. Their willingness to give of themselves emotionally lends to an aura of quiet empathy. A Pisces is comforting to be around. While not likely to be the leader, this sign's presence is strong and vibrant in any cause they put their hearts into.

   Pisces Greatest Strength: Your compassion for those in need

   Pisces Possible Weakness: Confusion can put you at a disadvantage


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P.S. Have a great February!

Celebrate the month and your family’s health!

 

Avoiding Chronic Pain After an Auto Injury

Approximately 2.3 million people are injured each year in car accidents in the U.S. While most people are able to heal from their injuries fairly easily, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Gresham, OR office. Fortunately, 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 individuals diagnosed with chronic whiplash pain. Each participant received chiropractic treatment and 93 percent of them experienced improvements following their adjustments, even though 43 percent of whiplash sufferers overall usually never find relief. This confirms that chiropractic care is a great way to avoid chronic pain after an auto injury.

It's important to remember that studies have also found that delaying treatment after a car crash can adversely affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Robert Ramsey at the earliest opportunity is key to having a speedier recovery.

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

References

  • Association for Safe International Road Travel. Retrieved from http://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics
  • Dies S & Strapp J. (1992, September). Chiropractic treatment of patients in motor vehicle accidents: a statistical analysis. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 36(3), 139-145.
  • Woodward M et al. (1996, November). Chiropractic treatment of chronic 'whiplash' injuries. Injury, 27(9), 643-645.
 

Gresham, OR Neck Pain and Car Crashes

Neck pain is a common symptom after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. Robert Ramsey sees frequently in our Gresham, OR office. The key to recovering from neck pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.

It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom experienced after a crash. During even a low velocity crash, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such collisions, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts a severe strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. 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 collision, just as your ankle ligaments can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.

When you experience a sprained ligament, the damaged area gets inflamed and sore, and that's what happens after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing mobility in the injured region, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.

Let us help you recover from neck pain. Dr. Robert Ramsey has helped many patients with the same condition, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful assessment to figure out the root cause of your pain, 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 Accidents

We manage many car accident cases in in our Gresham, OR office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is headache. Why is headache such a common condition after a car accident? How can your chiropractor help you heal?

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's triggered by a car accident, though, usually starts as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the cervical spine. In a crash, the neck muscles can be damaged, which causes inflammation and discomfort. These types of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.

Another common cause of pain 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 quite common after a crash, and it's important to get therapy for this type of problem to avoid the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those brought about by auto injuries. Your chiropractor will help reduce the irritation and strain in your neck, which will help alleviate the headache pain.

If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're suffering from headache, Dr. Robert Ramsey is here to help. 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.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Auto Injury

If you have thoracic outlet syndrome after a car crash, don't worry. Dr. Robert Ramsey sees this type of condition frequently in our Gresham, OR office. What causes thoracic outlet syndrome after an auto collision? How can a chiropractor help?

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that pass 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 through the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a crash, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If damaged, the muscles become swollen and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which restricts motion and puts pressure on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or pins and needles 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.

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. Call us today at (503) 667-6744 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Back Pain and Car Crashes

Back Pain is a common problem after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Robert Ramsey sees often 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 motor vehicle accident, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your body. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your spinal column, the seat can put inconsistent pressure 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 ligaments that hold your spine together. These types of injuries can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Thankfully, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Dr. Robert Ramsey has been helping patients in Gresham, OR since 1997, so we know what you're experiencing. We're here to help you, too. 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.

Many people report back pain after a car crash.
 

Shoulder Pain and Car Crashes

We manage many car accident cases in in our Gresham, OR office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is shoulder pain. 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 ways that you can get shoulder pain after an accident: by direct injury to the shoulder joint or by referred pain from the neck.

Direct injury 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 collision. With this type of injury, you'll usually be aware of the pain soon after the crash.

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

We've treated both kinds of shoulder problems in our Gresham, OR office. This approach involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Robert Ramsey has been helping patients in Gresham, OR since 1997, so we know what you're living with. We're here to help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to determine 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.