AUTO ACCIDENT INJURIES

There is an increased awareness among the general public to seek out the aid of a doctor of chiropractic for treatment of symptoms due to injuries received in an auto accident.

Insurance companies also realize the effectiveness of chiropractic care involving whiplash and musculoskeletal injuries and routinely cover these costs for care of the injured.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “More than 80 percent of all car crashes occur at speeds less than 10 m.p.h. Fatalities involving non-belted occupants of cars have been recorded as low as 12 m.p.h. That’s about the speed you’d be driving in a parking lot.”

The above figures indicate that the amount of damage to the automobile bears little relation to the severity of the injury to its occupants. People involved in “minor” accidents tend to believe that the accident couldn’t effect them very much either. NOT TRUE!

Anyone experiencing any of these symptoms following an auto accident should come into our office for a checkup and to establish a confirmation of the injury before signing any insurance release papers. Also, the sooner the injury is treated, the faster the healing response.

It is estimated to afflict approximately two million workers at a cost to American Businesses of $20 billion a year.

The most commonly acknowledged cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is repetitive motion of the wrist.

CTS has been known for many years among assembly line workers, meat cutters, carpenters, upholsterers, sewing machine operators and occupations involving similar repetitive motions of the wrist. Much of the increase of this painful problem and the public’s awareness has only recently come about due to the tremendous use of computers and other electronic equipment such as scanners used by supermarket cashiers.

Inside the wrist, the bones of the wrist come together in the shape of a tunnel. Passing through this narrow tunnel of bones are nine tendons, blood vessels and the median nerve which brings feeling and movement to the thumb, index finger, middle finger and half of the ring finger.

The median nerve has its origin in the neck where it emits from the spinal cord and from in between the vertebrae in the neck region of the spine.

CTS is caused by pressure on or irritation to the median nerve, either at its origin in the neck or along the course of the nerve down the arm and through the carpal tunnel of the wrist. This irritation of the median nerve causes it to become inflamed and swollen. There may not be any major discomfort in the neck or along the course of the swollen nerve. However, when the swollen nerve passes through the tiny tunnel of the wrist, it is there that the pain is produced by the repetitive motion of the wrist.

Symptoms may start with a tingling and numbness in the fingers, a gradual weakness in the hand and arm, and finally severe pain.

Conservative treatment, which may last several weeks, consists of gentle spinal adjustments to reduce the inflammation of the median nerve, complete stoppage of any repetitive motion for at least a week, exercises and wearing a wrist brace or support. Surgery should not be a consideration unless there has been a severe injury to the wrist and/or after conservative care has failed to clear up the problem.

If you know of someone suffering with CTS, please share this article with them and suggest they call us for a consultation.

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