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How Chiropractic Can Help You Avoid Chronic Auto Injury Pain

Over 2 million people are injured each year in automobile accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to heal from their injuries relatively quickly, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Mid-Wilshire, LA office. Thankfully, Dr. Joseph Hakimi is here to help you heal from your auto injury.

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was conducted on 28 men and women diagnosed with chronic whiplash syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic treatment and 93 percent of them experienced pain relief 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 long-term pain after a crash.

It's important to note that studies have also found that putting off care after a car crash can adversely affect healing time, so getting in to see Dr. Joseph Hakimi as soon as possible is key to having a speedier recovery.

Dr. Joseph Hakimi has worked with many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Mid-Wilshire, LA office today for more information or an appointment.

References

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Mid-Wilshire, LA Neck Pain and Car Crashes

If you have neck pain after a car crash, don't despair. Dr. Joseph Hakimi sees this type of condition very often in our Mid-Wilshire, LA office. Your chiropractor can be very helpful for neck pain symptoms after a crash. Let's examine what causes neck pain and why chiropractic works.

Your neck is exposed to very high forces during an auto collision, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low velocity crash, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such crashes, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts a severe strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your spinal column 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 damaged tissues become inflamed and tender, and that's what occurs after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps decrease scar tissue.

Dr. Joseph Hakimi is here in Mid-Wilshire, LA to help you recover from neck pain. We've been helping patients since 1998 and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to figure out the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (213) 984-4575 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Headache and Auto Injury

If you suffer from headache after an auto collision, don't worry. Dr. Joseph Hakimi sees this type of problem very often in our Mid-Wilshire, LA office. Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat headache. Let's look at how headache is caused by a crash and how Dr. Joseph Hakimi can help you.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's caused by a car crash, though, usually starts as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the neck. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be torn, which causes inflammation and soreness. 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 crash that we see in our Mid-Wilshire, LA office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that start in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is quite common after a crash, and it's important to get care for this type of problem to avoid the creation of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat headaches, including those brought about by auto injuries. Your chiropractic doctor will help reduce the irritation and tension in your neck, which will help ease the headache pain.

Dr. Joseph Hakimi has been helping patients in Mid-Wilshire, LA since 1998, so we know what you're living with. 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. Call us today at (213) 984-4575 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Back Pain and Car Accidents

Back Pain is a common condition after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Joseph Hakimi sees often in our Mid-Wilshire, LA office. What causes back pain after an auto collision? How can a chiropractor help?

During a rear-end motor vehicle accident, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curve of your spinal column, the car seat can put uneven 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 movement can sprain or strain the ligaments that hold your spine together. This kind of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Thankfully, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Dr. Joseph Hakimi is here in Mid-Wilshire, LA to help you recover from back pain. We've been helping patients since 1998 and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to establish the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (213) 984-4575 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

Many people report back pain after a car crash.
 

Shoulder Pain and Auto Injury

If you have shoulder pain after a car accident, you're not alone. Dr. Joseph Hakimi sees this type of condition often in our Mid-Wilshire, LA office. What causes shoulder pain after an auto collision? How can chiropractic help?

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

Direct damage can be caused by hitting your shoulder on a hard object in the car during the impact, 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. Joseph Hakimi finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a collision, but starts a few days or weeks after the trauma. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the cervical spine. Injured ligaments or muscles in your neck can squeeze nerves in your neck, causing tingling, numbness, or pain in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've worked with both kinds of shoulder pain in our Mid-Wilshire, LA office. This approach involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Let us help you recover from shoulder pain. Dr. Joseph Hakimi has helped many patients with the same problem, and we can probably 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. Give our office a call today at (213) 984-4575 to make an appointment.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Crashes

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common condition after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Joseph Hakimi sees frequently in our Mid-Wilshire, LA office. Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome. Let's look at how thoracic outlet syndrome is caused by a crash and how Dr. Joseph Hakimi can help you.

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 travel under and between the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a crash, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become swollen 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.

Mid-Wilshire, LA Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

If you've been injured in a car crash and you're struggling with thoracic outlet syndrome, Dr. Joseph Hakimi is here to help. Dr. Joseph Hakimi will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (213) 984-4575 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

What causes persistent pain after a motor vehicle accident?

Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles auto injury treatmentOf the over 2 million rear-end accidents in the US annually, a significant number of men and women end up troubled with long-term pain and impairment. Some research shows that 1 out of 5 people are still in pain a year after a collision.

Dr. Joseph Hakimi sees many car crash patients in our Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles office, and we frequently see individuals who have been suffering for many years and have not been able to find relief. Dr. Joseph Hakimi has great success in treating these patients.

The Cause of Chronic Pain

During a crash, the structures of your neck and back can be sprained or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and irritated and transmits pain impulses to the spine and brain.

Pain tells your body that something is wrong, which tells the muscle tissues in the injured area to contract to shield the area from further damage.

If the damage isn't managed right away, a negative cycle develops. The injured tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system responds. This brings about a feedback loop in your nervous system that specialists refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system actually becomes hypersensitive to any kind of stimulus, producing chronic pain.

Dr. Joseph Hakimi is able to help this kind of problem, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that chiropractic is effective at reducing pain from car crashes and shows that chiropractic actually has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Joseph Hakimi a call today at (213) 984-4575 for a consultation or appointment.

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