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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. Holcombe sees this type of problem very often in our Arlington, VA office. What causes thoracic outlet syndrome after an auto collision? How can a chiropractor help?

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of blood vessels and nerves that pass through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These vessels don't have a lot of room, 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 damaged, the muscles become inflamed 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 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 adjustments 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.

You don't have to suffer from thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Holcombe is conveniently located in Arlington, VA to help you recover, whether you've been in a car crash or not. First, we'll do a careful assessment to figure out the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (703) 933-9000 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Back Pain and Car Accidents

We treat many auto injury cases in in our Arlington, VA office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is back pain. Let's look at the root cause of back pain after a car crash and see how chiropractic can help.

During a rear-end car crash, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your spine, the car seat can put inconsistent 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 structures that hold your spine together. This kind of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

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. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to establish 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 (703) 933-9000 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Shoulder Pain and Auto Injury

If you are suffering from shoulder pain after a car crash, don't worry. Dr. Holcombe sees this type of condition frequently in our Arlington, VA office. Chiropractic is an effective way to treat shoulder pain. Let's look at how shoulder pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Holcombe can help you.

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

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

More commonly, Dr. Holcombe 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 muscles or ligaments in your neck can pinch nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or pain in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've worked with both types of shoulder pain in our Arlington, VA office. This treatment involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Holcombe is here in Arlington, VA to help you recover from shoulder pain. We've been helping patients since 2000 and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to figure out the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (703) 933-9000 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Arlington, VA Auto Accidents and Chronic Pain

Arlington, VA auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in Arlington, VA and you've been in a motor vehicle accident, you have to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic injuries.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury

We see a lot of auto injury sufferers in our Arlington, VA office, and several of these men and women are experiencing chronic pain caused by an old crash. As a matter of fact, research shows that a significant proportion of rear-end accidents can cause pain and disability even ten years after the initial injury.

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

The most frequent causes of chronic issues are reduced mobility of your spine and the formation of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your neck and back can easily be damaged during a collision, and chiropractic care works by decreasing inflammation and restoring normal motion.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're near our Arlington, VA office, and you've been hurt in a crash, don't wait to get attention. 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 Injury Treatment

Arlington, VA auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. HolcombeEach year, there are millions of car crashes in the world, and a substantial number of men and women get hurt in a crash. Although most crashes are "minor," chronic back and neck pain are still common health problems. The good news is that chiropractic care is a fantastic way to treat these kinds of injuries.

We have treated many auto accident patients in our Arlington, VA office, and Dr. Holcombe has been treating people with these types of injuries since 2000. During a car accident, your body is exposed to violent forces that it simply wasn't built to deal with. These forces put stress and strain on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can result in injury to the ligaments that hold your neck and back together. A collision can trigger a wide range of pain symptoms.

A ligament tear in the neck can trigger pain, swelling, and radicular symptoms in the arm and hand. Chiropractic works well for these types of injuries, because chiropractic focuses on restoring the healthy function and flexibility of the injured areas.

Dr. Holcombe Can Help Patients Recover From an Auto Accident

Dr. Holcombe, your Arlington, VA chiropractor, can assist by decreasing irritation in the injured area and can help minimize 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 here or call Dr. Holcombe today at (703) 933-9000.

 

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.