Car crashes can injure nerves resulting in arm or leg pain
The rapid forced movement of the body, especially the neck can cause overstretch or compression of nerves. This results in pain, tingling, or numbness in parts of your body far from the actual source of the problem.
If your spine is injured, there are a number of things that can affect the nerves. Injured ligaments and muscles can cause inflammation of the nerve root, which can disrupt the function of the nerve.
If a spinal disk is damaged, it can cause the disk to bulge or herniate, compressing the nerve.
If our treatment does not stop the breakdown of the injured joint, the spinal joints begin to calcify over time resulting in spinal stenosis or a narrowing of the canal that the spinal nerves pass through.
All this can lead to a number of conditions such as sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, low-back pain, shoulder pain, and more. It's crucial to treat these conditions to prevent further nerve damage or worsening symptoms.
The key to treating radicular pain is to pinpoint its source in the spine. After determining the root of the pain, a chiropractor can restore function to the surrounding structures that can compress the nerves. This allows the nerves to heal by reducing inflammation and irritation.
Multiple studies have confirmed the efficacy of chiropractic adjustments in alleviating radicular pain.
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Rodine RJ, Vernon H. Cervical radiculopathy: a systematic review on treatment by spinal manipulation and measurement with the Neck Disability Index. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association 2012; 56(1):18-28.