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Causes of Chronic Pain after Car Crashes

Alexandria, KY auto injury treatmentOf the over 2 million rear-end crashes in the US annually, a significant number of folks end up troubled with chronic pain and impairment. Some research shows that about 20% of people are still in pain 12 months after a crash.

Dr. Michael Wagner D.C. sees many auto accident cases in our Alexandria, KY office, and we regularly see people who have been hurting for many years and have not been able to find help. Dr. Michael Wagner D.C. has great success in helping these patients.

What Causes Chronic Pain after a Crash?

During a crash, the structures of your spinal column can be sprained or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and irritated and sends pain impulses to the spinal cord and brain.

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 trauma isn't addressed immediately, a negative cycle develops. The damaged tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system reacts. This creates a feedback loop in your nervous system that specialists refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system basically becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulus, causing chronic pain.

Dr. Michael Wagner D.C. is able to help this kind of problem, as chiropractic care is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that adjustments are effective at reducing pain from auto injuries and shows that chiropractic in fact has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Alexandria, KY and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Michael Wagner D.C. a call today at (859) 448-0056 for a consultation or appointment.

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December 04, 2017
Dr. Wagner

Wagner Chiropractic in Alexandria, Kentucky provides quality care to the Northern Kentucky area through the expertise of Dr. Michael Wagner. Dr. Michael Wagner has been providing Chiropractic care to individuals and their families for over 10 years with a focus in spinal care, muscle therapy and weight loss. We also serve the people of Cold Spring and Highland Heights.