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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.