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Arlington, VA TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Arlington, VA TMJ Treatment by Dr. HolcombeJaw pain is a fairly common problem reported by people after a car accident, and it can be hard for some doctors to find the root of the problem. Complicating the issue, very often you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the original injury.

Dr. Holcombe has treated many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical literature explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a crash, the tissues in your neck are often stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause problems in other parts of your body.

For instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or pins and needles in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured area, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a collision are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Dr. Holcombe sees this very commonly in our Arlington, VA office.

Research Shows Chiropractic Lessens TMJ Pain After an Auto Injury

Studies have shown that the root 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 secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Holcombe will work to restore your spine back to health, reducing the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Dr. Holcombe has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.

If you reside in Arlington, VA and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Holcombe can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2000, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (703) 933-9000 for an appointment or consultation.

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Causes of Chronic Pain after Car Crashes

Arlington, VA auto injury treatmentOf the over 2 million rear-end crashes in the US every year, a substantial number of men and women find themselves experiencing long-term pain and impairment. Some research shows that 18% of people are still in pain a year after a crash.

Dr. Holcombe sees many accident cases in our Arlington, VA location, and we oftentimes see individuals who have been struggling for many years and have not been able to find relief. Dr. Holcombe has great success in treating these patients.

The Roots of Chronic Pain

During an accident, the tissues of your neck and back can be sprained or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and inflamed and transmits pain signals to the spine and central nervous system.

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

If the trauma isn't managed immediately, a negative cycle develops. The injured tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your central 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 stimulus, leading to chronic pain.

Dr. Holcombe is able to help this kind of issue, as chiropractic care is a proven way to restore the nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows that adjustments are effective at relieving pain from car crashes and shows that chiropractic in fact has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Arlington, VA and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Holcombe a call today at (703) 933-9000 for a consultation or appointment.

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Avoiding Chronic Pain After an Auto Injury

Over 2 million people are hurt every year in auto accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to recover from their injuries relatively easily, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Arlington, VA office. Fortunately, Dr. Holcombe 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 pain. Each participant received chiropractic care 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 a crash.

It's important to note that research has also found that putting off care after a car crash can negatively affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Holcombe as soon as possible is key to having a speedier recovery.

Dr. Holcombe has worked with many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Arlington, VA office today for more information or an appointment.

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Arlington, VA Neck Pain and Car Accidents

We manage many auto injury cases in our Arlington, VA office, and a widespread symptom our patients report is neck pain. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after a car accident and see how your chiropractor can help.

The neck is exposed to very high forces during a car crash, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low velocity car crash, your head is subjected to extremely rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your neck 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 injured area become inflamed and painful, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing mobility in the injured area, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.

Dr. Holcombe has been helping patients in Arlington, VA since 2000, so we know what you're going through. We're here to help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (703) 933-9000 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Headache and Car Crashes

Headache is a common symptom after an auto injury, and it's something that Dr. Holcombe sees often in our Arlington, VA office. Why is headache such a common symptom after an auto collision? How can your chiropractor help you heal?

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

Another frequent cause of pain after a collision that we see in our Arlington, VA 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 protect against the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic is an effective way to treat headaches, including those triggered by auto injuries. Dr. Holcombe can help reduce the irritation and tension 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. Holcombe is here to help. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to establish the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (703) 933-9000 to make an appointment.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Crashes

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common problem after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Holcombe sees often in our Arlington, VA office. Let's take a look at why thoracic outlet syndrome is frequently experienced after an auto injury and see how chiropractic care can help you get better.

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

In a collision, these muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become swollen and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which limits movement and puts stress 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 hand. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Arlington, VA Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

Dr. Holcombe has been helping patients in Arlington, VA since 2000, so we know what you're suffering from. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Holcombe will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (703) 933-9000 to make an appointment.

 

Back Pain and Car Accidents

Back Pain is a common problem after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Holcombe sees often in our Arlington, VA office. Let's look at the root cause of back pain after an auto collision and see how chiropractic care can help.

During a rear-end car crash, your car and car seat are quickly accelerated forward against your body. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curve of your spine, the seat can put uneven 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 structures that hold your spine together. This type of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated promptly. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Let us help you recover from back pain. Dr. Holcombe has helped many people with the same condition, and we can probably help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Give our office a call today at (703) 933-9000 to make an appointment.

Many people report back pain after a car crash.
 

Shoulder Pain and Car Accidents

If you suffer from shoulder pain after a car crash, don't worry. Dr. Holcombe sees this type of problem frequently in our Arlington, VA office. Let's look at the root cause of shoulder pain after an accident and see how chiropractic can help.

There are at least two ways that you can get shoulder problems after a crash: by direct injury to the shoulder joint or by referred pain from the neck.

Direct damage can be caused by hitting 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 wreck.

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

We've treated many types of shoulder problems in our Arlington, VA office. This process involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

If you've been injured in a car crash and you're struggling with shoulder pain, Dr. Holcombe is here to help. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Give our office a call today at (703) 933-9000 to make an appointment.

 

Arlington, VA Auto Accidents and Long-Term Pain

Arlington, VA auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in Arlington, VA and you've been in a car crash, you need to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic pain.

We work with a lot of auto injury sufferers in our Arlington, VA office, and several of these individuals are experiencing chronic pain caused by an old accident. As a matter of fact, research shows that a significant proportion of rear-end collisions cause pain and disability even ten years after the original trauma.

Dr. Holcombe is here to help you avoid developing chronic pain by helping to restore the healthy function of your spine soon after a crash.

The most frequent causes of chronic pain are reduced flexibility of your spinal column and the formation of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your neck and back can easily be injured during a collision, and chiropractic works by minimizing inflammation and restoring normal movement.

If you're near our Arlington, VA office, and you've been injured in a collision, don't wait to get treatment. Dr. Holcombe is here for you. Give us a call today at (703) 933-9000 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Arlington, VA Chiropractic Auto Accident Treatment

Arlington, VA auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. HolcombeEvery year, there are millions of auto accidents in the world, and a significant number of men and women get hurt in a crash. While most collisions are "minor," chronic spine pain are still common health issues. The good news is that chiropractic care is a fantastic way to treat these kinds of injuries.

We have helped many auto collision patients in our Arlington, VA office, and Dr. Holcombe has been treating people with these types of problems since 2000. During a crash, your body is exposed to large forces that it simply wasn't built to deal with. These forces place stress and strain on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can result in damage to the ligaments that hold your neck and back together. A crash can trigger a vast array of pain symptoms.

A ligament sprain in the neck can result in pain, swelling, and radicular symptoms 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 tissues.

Dr. Holcombe, your Arlington, VA chiropractor, can help by lowering inflammation in the injured area and can help reduce the formation 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 get well here or call Dr. Holcombe today at (703) 933-9000.