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Posted on 03-31-2017
What is chronic pain? How does it occur? Chronic pain occurs when a joint has been injured, has been poorly treated or not treated at all, and over a period of time has become so dysfunctional that it causes pain and limited range of motion. As a joint becomes injured, it compresses. When it compresses, it starts to function incorrectly, leading to inflammation. When this occurs, the patient experiences pain and restricted movement. Over time, it is likely to get worse.
Very closely in fact. If a person has been in a car accident and has not been treated properly, over time their injuries could get worse. I have treated many patients involved in auto accidents over the course of my career, and have seen many who have been to the ER, got checked out to make sure there would no fractures or life threatening issues and then told to see their primary care physician for follow ups. In most of these cases, these patients have not followed up with their primary care largely because they thought they felt fine and didn’t need to go.
However, this is a big mistake because even if you’re feeling only a little stiff after an accident, there could be long term consequences if things don’t heal correctly.
At this point, micro tears occur in the fibrous tissues of your neck muscles, ligaments get stretched and while you may experience a little soreness or stiffness at the time of the injury and for a few days after, you may not feel that it is a big deal. You may take some medication to help the pain while you recover, but if you do not get this treated properly at this time, you have the possibility of chronic pain sometime in the future.
The reason for this is simple. If left untreated, those tiny tears begin to heal, but a by-product known as a scar forms between these tears as the muscle tries to heal. This tightens the muscles more, creating spasms and/or trigger points, and the muscles tighten even more. Over the course of time, knots begin to form in the injured area and the tightness reduces range of motion and flexibility. This caused incorrect function in the neck and begins a very slow process of degeneration. Over the years you will likely have degenerative joint disease or disc disease.
So you can appreciate that even a small accident can cause many painful problems down the road. This is why it is so important to come and see us here at Northwest Health Solutions so we can evaluate your injury and help you heal properly. We would rather see you now rather than in 5 or 6 years with a problem that has become chronic.
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Been going to dr weasterman for over 15 yrs,every time i think its hopeless he gets me better,amazing place,amazing staff,i love this place, thank you.
Dr. Westerman is the finest, most skilled chiropractor I've ever visited. He is gentle, well-trained, a good listener, and never cajoles a patient into more treatment than is absolutely needed. He is generous with advice on diet & exercise, when asked. His office is pleasant, relaxing and always immaculate. His staff members are kind and efficient. In seven years of visiting NW Health Solutions, I've had only positive experiences. Though I've needed his services less frequently as the years go on - a testament to the long-term benefits of good chiropractic care - the office staff is still great about working me into the day for a quick adjustment whenever I feel I need it. I gladly give NWHS and Dr. Westerman my highest recommendation!