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Beaverton, OR TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Beaverton, OR TMJ Treatment by Dr. Robert ShermanJaw pain is a fairly common problem experienced by people after a car crash, and it can be challenging for some doctors to identify the source of the problem. Complicating the issue, very often you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the original injury.

Dr. Robert Sherman has helped many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what produces these types of problems. During a crash, the tissues in your neck are frequently stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause issues in other parts of your body.

For instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or numbness in the arm or hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injury, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a wreck are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Dr. Robert Sherman sees this very frequently in our Beaverton, OR office.

Studies have shown that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Robert Sherman will work to restore your spine back to health, alleviating the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Dr. Robert Sherman has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.

If you live in Beaverton, OR and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Robert Sherman can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1997, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (503) 590-4000 for an appointment.

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Causes of Chronic Pain after a Car Crash

Beaverton, OR auto injury treatmentOf the over 2 million rear-end crashes in the United States annually, a substantial number of people find themselves dealing with chronic pain and disability. Some studies have shown that about 20% of people are still in pain a year after an accident.

Dr. Robert Sherman sees many auto injury cases in our Beaverton, OR location, and we oftentimes see individuals who have been suffering for many years and have not been able to find help. Dr. Robert Sherman has great success in treating these patients.

The Cause of Chronic Pain

During a collision, the structures of your spine can be sprained or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and inflamed and transmits pain signals to the spinal cord and brain.

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

If the damage isn't treated right away, a negative cycle develops. The damaged area keeps sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system responds. This produces a feedback loop in your nervous system that specialists refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system literally becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulation, producing chronic pain.

Dr. Robert Sherman is able to help this kind of condition, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore the nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that adjustments are successful at relieving pain from auto collisions and shows that chiropractic actually has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Beaverton, OR and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Robert Sherman a call today at (503) 590-4000 for a consultation or appointment.

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How Chiropractic Can Help You Avoid Chronic Auto Injury Pain

Over 2 million people are hurt each year in auto accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to heal from their injuries fairly easily, too many people are left to deal with chronic pain and impairment. We see many of these patients here in our Beaverton, OR office. Fortunately, Dr. Robert Sherman is here to help you recover 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 pain. Each participant received chiropractic treatment and 93 percent of them experienced improvements 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 research has also found that delaying treatment after a car crash can adversely affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Robert Sherman at the earliest opportunity is key to having a speedier recovery.

Dr. Robert Sherman has worked with many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Beaverton, OR office today for more information or an appointment.

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Beaverton, OR Neck Pain and Auto Injury

Neck pain is a common problem after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Robert Sherman sees often in our Beaverton, OR office. What causes neck pain after an auto collision? How can a chiropractor help?

Even in a collision, your head is rapidly thrown back and forth, so it's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom from this type of injury. During even a low speed collision, your head is subjected to extremely rapid acceleration. In such collisions, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the neck. The bones of your spine 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 collision, just as your ankle ligaments can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.

When you experience a sprained ligament, the injured tissues gets swollen and painful, and that's what happens 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. Robert Sherman has been helping patients in Beaverton, OR since 1997, so we know what you're experiencing. We're here to help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Call us today at (503) 590-4000 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Headache and Auto Injury

We work with many auto injury cases in in our Beaverton, OR office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is headache. Let's look at the root cause of headache after a car accident and see how your chiropractor can help.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's triggered by an auto injury, though, typically starts as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the neck. In a crash, the neck muscles can be torn, which results in inflammation and soreness. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.

Another common cause of pain after a crash that we see in our Beaverton, OR office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is very common after a crash, and it's important to get therapy for this type of problem to prevent the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those triggered by car crashes. Dr. Robert Sherman can help reduce the irritation and tension in your neck, which will help ease the headache pain.

Let us help you recover from headache. Dr. Robert Sherman has helped many patients with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to determine the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (503) 590-4000 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Crashes

We work with many car accident cases in in our Beaverton, OR office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is thoracic outlet syndrome. Let's look at why thoracic outlet syndrome is frequently experienced after a car crash and see how chiropractic can help you get better.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that pass through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These nerves and blood vessels don't have a lot of room, so they travel underneath and through the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a crash, these muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become inflamed and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which limits motion and puts pressure 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 wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Beaverton, OR Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

Let us help you recover from thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Robert Sherman has helped many people with the same condition, 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. Give our office a call today at (503) 590-4000 to make an appointment.

 

Back Pain and Auto Injury

We treat many car accident cases in in our Beaverton, OR office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is back pain. Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat back pain. Let's look at how back pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Robert Sherman can help you.

During a rear-end car crash, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your body. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curve of your spine, 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 motion can sprain or strain the ligaments that hold your spine together. This type 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. Robert Sherman is here in Beaverton, OR to help you recover from back pain. We've been helping patients since 1997 and we can probably help you, too. Dr. Robert Sherman will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (503) 590-4000 to make an appointment.

Many people report back pain after a car crash.
 

Shoulder Pain and Car Crashes

We manage many car accident cases in in our Beaverton, OR office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is shoulder pain. Chiropractic can be very helpful for shoulder pain symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes shoulder pain and why chiropractic works.

There are at least two ways that you can develop shoulder pain after an accident: by direct injury to the shoulder or by radiating pain from the neck.

Direct injury 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 trauma, you'll often be aware of the pain shortly after the crash.

More commonly, Dr. Robert Sherman finds that shoulder or arm pain doesn't immediately appear after a crash, but begins a few days or weeks after the injury. This type of shoulder discomfort actually starts in the neck. Injured ligaments or muscles in your neck can pinch nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've treated both types of shoulder problems in our Beaverton, OR office. This treatment involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Robert Sherman has been helping patients in Beaverton, OR since 1997, so we know what you're experiencing. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Robert Sherman will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (503) 590-4000 and we'll get you back on the road to health.