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. Christopher Hugon 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. Christopher Hugon 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 over sensitive to any kind of stimulation, producing chronic pain.

Dr. Christopher Hugon 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. Christopher Hugon a call today at (503) 590-4000 for a consultation or appointment.

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