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Autoimmune disease affects up to 50 million Americans, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. Why are so many people affected by these chronic pain conditions? There are a number of factors that may cause the human body to attack its own cells, some of which can be modified.

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Spinal Injuries Resulting from Auto Accidents

Spinal Injuries Resulting from Auto Accidents - El Paso Chiropractor
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Automobile accidents are one of the principal causes of spine complications and are responsible for more than 40 percent of spinal injuries every year, according to the Mayo Clinic. While the best possible precautions can be taken to avoid tissue damage or injury in the case of an auto collision, car accidents can be unpredictable and may not always be prevented, but knowing the right information can help an individual recognize a possible injury as well as be aware of the next steps to take for recovery.
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The spine is a complex structure consisting of bone, muscle, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves. Although its capable of supporting the whole weight of your body in order to promote a proper balance, the spine can also be considered to be a delicate structure. The spine is not built to withstand the impact of a car accident and unfortunately, neck and back injuries are common during car accidents. The force of the impact causes strain on the ligaments and muscles in the back, and the facet joints endure the majority of the brunt from the collision. This can lead to several injuries including, whiplash, disc herniation, compression fractures, and spondylolisthesis.

Whiplash type injuries occur more frequently during rear-end collisions as the force from the impact jolts the head and neck in a back-and-forth motion in any direction. Symptoms of whiplash usually appear within 24 hours of the accident and may include symptoms of pain, stiffness on the neck, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, and fatigue. In rare cases, an individual with whiplash-associated disorders may also experience difficulty concentrating, memory problems, ringing in the ears, difficulty sleeping, and irritability.

Because the discs absorb a large part of the impact to the spine, a herniated disc is a possible complication that can occur during an auto accident. A disc is herniated when its soft center pushes through a small crack in the disc’s exterior, causing irritation around the nerves. Several people may experience no symptoms from a herniated disc while others may commonly experience symptoms of arm or leg pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness depending on the location of the herniated disc.

Compression fractures commonly occur in the thoracic, or middle, and lumbar, or lower, regions of the spine during an auto accident. As a result of the force from the impact, the upper body may be thrown forward while the lower body remains in place by a seatbelt, causing the vertebrae to pull apart. Spinal fractures can occasionally result in spinal cord injuries due to the broken vertebrae moving out of place. The main symptom of a spinal fracture includes moderate to severe back pain that can worsen through movement and those with spinal cord injuries may experience symptoms of tingling, numbness, weakness, and loss of bladder or bowel control.

Spondylolisthesis occurs when the vertebra moves out of place as a result of a stress fracture on the bone. The abnormal placement of the bone can cause compression on the nerves or spinal canal, causing symptoms of pain, numbness, and/or weakness in the buttock or leg which can lead to walking complications. In severe cases, spondylolisthesis can cause loss of bladder or bower control. Many times, individuals may experience no symptoms from the condition until several years’ post-injury.

After being involved in an automobile accident, it can be difficult to determine the presence of neck or back pain as a simple muscle strain or a more serious injury. It’s important to seek immediate medical attention to properly diagnose any for possible spinal damage. A chiropractor specializes on musculoskeletal injuries involving the spine as well as other structures of the body. A doctor of chiropractic, or DC, can diagnose an individual for the underlying cause of pain and other symptoms as some symptoms may suggest that medical help is needed.

By Dr. Alex Jimenez



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