Strain Sprain Neck Injury – What They Don’t Tell You!
Neck Strain Sprain Can Be Serious
Many who have suffered a strain sprain neck injury from auto accidents, find themselves being judged by other when they mention their pain. There is an false idea that that the injury is “just a strain or sprain” and it will all be OK. In many instances, this idea is pushed by the insurance adjusters when communicating with the injured victim. The sad fact is, they are not telling you the truth about the severity of your injury!
There are three key points of a strain/sprain injury that most professionals fail to talk about. They include:
* scar tissue formation
* abnormal joint motion
* joint and disc degeneration
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The first key factor about a strain sprain injury is the injured tissue does not heal with 100% normal tissue, it repairs itself with scar tissue! This is important because scar tissue does not stretch like healthy muscles or ligaments. It has less blood supply BUT has more nerve endings than healthy muscles or ligaments. If not treated properly, you can develop a stiff and sensitive muscle, ligament or joint that can be aggravated with minimal movement and begin a lifestyle of chronic pain.
The second key point is that a strain sprain injury to the muscles or ligaments creates a complicated neurological problem that results in abnormal motion of the joints. Typically, there is a reduced or limited motion because the muscles are not working in a coordinated manner which results in increased stress or friction on the affected joints. Over time, this causes the third key point about strain sprain injuries: degeneration of the joints!
The third key point is the long-term effect of a strain sprain injury is joint degeneration, or in layman’s terms – arthritis. Because the scar tissue and abnormal muscle movement limits the joint motion, it creates internal stress within the joints. When bone is under stress, it responds by producing more bone cells; thus, the surfaces of the joints become thick and rough, even developing bone spurs. This can develop slowly over time with minimal or no symptoms until the degeneration becomes severe.
What You Should Do
As you can see, strain sprain injuries are not just a simple thing. Left untreated the can result in joint degeneration and a long-term pain cycle. The answer? Restoring normal mobility to the affected joints while the muscles and ligaments heal. Chiropractic adjustments along with specific rehabilitative exercises is the most effective treatment for this.
If you have suffered a strain sprain injury, why continue hurting or increase your chances of degeneration? Call our office today at (314) 731-4383 or CLICK TO CALL NOW! and schedule your appointment TODAY.
As a 1984 graduate of Life Chiropractic College, Dr. Martin Schmaltz has years of helping those who have been injured in auto accidents. He has extensive training and study in how the injury happens as well as the specific treatments and documentation to help his patients. In many instances with a valid lien, there is no up front payment. We will work with the insurance company or your attorney to arrange for payment when your care is finished. Dr. Schmaltz also has a great working relationship with many attorneys in the St Louis area and is know for his detailed notes and diagnosis of the injured patient.